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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

How to Survive on 1200 Calories a Day and Not Bite People's Heads Off

Kayla turns 9 this month.



Her party is on Saturday.

A geeky, perfect one.

Clipboards are involved.

She's excited.

And brushing up on her plant genome identifiers.

And just called from school asking if we can keep the class beta fish for the summer.


I've been on a diet for a month and a half.

A pretty tough one.

But one that works.

Basic math.

Eat less.

Weigh less.

Not exactly rocket science.

But not the funnest science, either.

You see.

I get crabby when I'm hungry.

But My Fitness Pal is patient.

Do you have this app?

It's a good one.

You set a daily calorie limit and track every single thing you eat.

It also tracks your weight loss progress.

And you can follow and stalk your friends that are exercising.

While you are sitting on the couch logging the 90 calorie ice cream bar you just ate really, really sloooooowly.

Fun for all.

I've sort of become an expert at stretching those 1200 calories as far as humanly possible.

So I thought I'd share a few tips.

Some tried, true and TASTY (promise) recipes.

More to come, I'm sure.

Starvation misery loves company.



I try to stay around 200 calories.

Here is my current favorite option.

Thomas' Light Hearty Muffin

TJ's Better 'n Peanut Butter.

The name is terrible but it doesn't lie.

Add sliced bananas and a little honey.

You can also sub the bananas and honey for a low sugar fruit spread.


Again, with the 200 calories.

OroWheat Sandwich Thins

Sargento recently came out with 40 calorie thin slices.

Add ham and turkey.

Lettuce, pickles and tomato.


And my current favorite, the 200 calorie tostada.

Morningstar Black Bean Burger

Broken taco shell

Light sour cream, lettuce and salsa.


It's a DIET.

Don't scoff at my microscopic tostada.


I need them in my life.

I've become a 100 calorie pack EXPERT.


Snackwells Fudge Covered Pretzels

Hostess Chocolate Cupcakes (frozen, preferably)

Kashi Dark Chocolate Coconut Bar

TJ's Light Kettle Corn

Jolly Time 100 Calorie Healthy Pop Kettle Corn

We went to the Giants game last night.

My Fitness Pal wasn't invited.

Also, there are 50 billion calories in a Ghiradelli hot fudge sundae.

And it was worth every one.


  1. i hate you for posting this today.
    even diet food looks HEAVENLY.
    i need a skinny tostada asap.
    40 cal colby slices pronto.
    or bbq chicken pizza. at 6pm.

  2. ps your welcome.
    better n peanut butter > cookie butter
    at least according to MFP.

  3. All of those meals looked yum!!! Good for you!!! I will have to keep some of those meal choices in mind after baby arrives....I am on my way to gaining 50 lbs like I did with the girls. YESSSSS.

  4. I recommend trying PB2 its a natural peanut butter. It's really good. You can check out my blog, I did a post on a low cal snack..
    It's only 75 cals for 2 table spoons. So you can really save on cals.

  5. i've eaten (almost) the exact same thing for b-fast every day this week (w/w muffin, natural p.b, banana, minus the honey).

    our lunch looks similar too (minus the pickle and the cheese)

    i'm on phase 3 of the south beach diet. i've lost 9 lbs. michael lost 13.

    your snacks look yummier than mine. a lot yummier!

    that black bean burger skinny tostada... is it really good, or just tolerable?

    good luck to you!

  6. Pretty much love you. And your posts :) Thanks for the yummy snack advice :) I'm constantly looking for ideas. I have to try out your tostada!!! Hehe

  7. I know a easier way.
    Multiply 1200 by two.
    And be cool rocking a mumu.
    Call yourself a diva.
    Maybe even proclaim that it just means there's more cushion for the pushin.
    Own it.

  8. Go girl!

    My fitness pal and I have had a dysfunctional love affair since January. We are super close for a week and worst enemies for two weeks. I've lost 6 lbs in 6 months. Lame.

  9. Hmmm. Thinking about that app and thinking that PB cake and Pam's Cheesecake are more than 1200 calories per slice. I am in trouble. Deep trouble.

  10. Reasons why I can't do this diet:
    I like rum and cookie butter too much.
    But diet coke is in the clear.

    I want to come to kk's party.

  11. angela and i will probably crash kayla's birthday party since we're jealous. also, please don't allow her to grow up anymore.

    special K pastry thin things are my fave. i feel like i'm eating a healthier pop tart.

    and i also LOVE those deli slices!! those with some mustard for a snack? delicious and satisfying!

  12. a. thank you for inspiring me to rock mfp. although i am hungry. and i really want to eat cookies. but b. i'm more happy that the number on the scale is going down down down. so yay! c. carry on! (my go to breakfast right now is some nonfat plain greek yogurt with a few pistachios & some honey on top)

  13. i hear ya on stretching those calories - and kuddos to you for getting through your day on 400 calories. wow! i can't do that! right now i'm loving egg whites on a tj's whole wheat english muffin. i scramble the egg whites with salsa. eat with about 1 cup fruit (berries right now). such a filling and healthy breakfast! oh and trader joe's light kettle corn in single serving bags is a constant around here!

  14. okay, 2 things: i think we eat pretty much exactly the same thing for bkfast and lunch which is kinda cool (only i can only stay on a diet for about 3 days so you're my hero) but also.....i'm not getting your blog updates anymore? is there something i can click not computer savvy.
    alrighty, happy weekend to you!
    <3 <3 ,3

  15. I think you've just inspired me to get started on my diet. I keep thinking that if I had started one month ago when I wanted to, I would have lost a few pounds by now. Good luck!

  16. Hi,

    Just go without starch, red meat, dairy, refined foods/sugars, or alcohol. You'll be down to a size 4 in no time :)