The Gutsy Diet Series - Week 2

Ok, so it’s been a week since I started my “diet.” Unfortunately, I lasted a whole four days then went on vacation in Louisiana and proceeded to eat Cajun food until I wanted to die, but I am back on the wagon again, I swear!

I want to be totally honest throughout this process so that I can learn from my mistakes and hopefully make eating healthy a life-long habit.

However, I’m really struggling to eat anything. Want to know my calorie count for yesterday? A whopping grand total of 320. Cue hangry outbursts.


I ate a few carrots and hummus for lunch and a few pieces of chicken for dinner. This is where I run into problems. I would rather starve myself than meal prep for breakfast and lunches.

The app I’m using to record my food intake and exercise pretty much shamed me this morning. I tried to “complete my diary” for yesterday, but it wouldn’t let me publish it because I had eaten too few calories. Here’s what it told me:

“Based on your total calories consumed for today, you are likely not eating enough.

For safe weight loss, the National Institute of Health recommends no less than 1000-1200 calories for women and 1200-1500 calories for men.

Completing your diary with fewer than the minimum calories noted above will not generate a news feed post for that day, or show a five-week weight projection.

Even during weight loss, it’s important to meet your body’s basic nutrient and energy needs. Over time, not eating enough can lead to nutrient deficiencies, unpleasant side effects & other serious health problems.

To safely meet your goals:

  • Focus on consuming nutrient-rich foods and beverages

  • Check your progress in app throughout the day

  • Add nutritious snacks between meals as needed”

Meh. How rude.


Despite resenting the stupid thing for telling me I’m doing it wrong, I must say it has motivated me, at least this morning, to eat. I had a mozzarella stick and some nuts for breakfast, so I’m already off to a better start.

Also, I just ordered a blender. It probably won’t get used, but just in case I happen to be in the mood for one of those nasty looking green smoothies, I’ll know where it is—collecting dust in the cabinet above the fridge.

Boy pulling funny face holding green smoothie

My office mate is so ridiculously good at this. She isn’t following my diet plan, which consists of a low carb, starve yourself kind of thing, but is focusing more on clean eating. She lost 9 pounds last week (Yay, Ruthe!) and has been pretty good about sticking to her plan. She even brings in the (nasty) green smoothies in the morning for breakfast and meal preps on Sundays for lunches throughout the week. Talk about organization.

My other colleague has only been on the diet for a day as he was also out of town last week, but he failed miserably last night. He came into the office yesterday complaining about low carb diets making you miserable, and then went home and ate a homemade strawberry rhubarb pie. Actually, I can’t decide whether this is a failure or a success. I can’t imagine a homemade strawberry rhubarb pie ever being a failure.

These six weeks are already miserable. Anybody have food prepping, help me stay happy, diet ideas that have helped you? How do you meal prep?

Let me know in the comments or on social media!

Current progress:

Height: 5’9”

Starting weight: 175 lbs                 Current weight: 172 lbs

Starting BMI: 25.8                            Current BMI: 25.4

BMI table

According to this chart, I am slightly overweight.

My goals are:

1,250 calories per day

< 50 g carbohydrates per day

End Weight: 140 lbs

End BMI: 20.7


  • Susan
    Susan April 26, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    A diet will always fail if you call it a die t. You don't have to starve yourself. There are lots of healthy low carb alternatives. Bacon, cheeseburgers, rib eye.

    Seriously don't starve. And you don't have to drink the green smoothies. There are better ones than that! Good luck this week.

  • scott
    scott April 26, 2016 at 6:26 pm

    Try the RC and moonpie diet.

  • Amanda
    Amanda April 27, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    protip: when i make dinner, i meal prep for the next day's lunch. it makes it feel a little less like actual meal prepping and more like something i just have to do anyway.

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