I was recently in search of an affordable diet!


Three main courses and three snacks comprise my normal daily diet, in late 2020. Breakfast is typically a combo of a fried egg, piece of toast and a glass of milk. For lunch, I try to have some form of a salad. Dinner will be Healthy Choice combinations. That leaves the three snack periods. I like to call them S1 Through S3. For S1, I normally try to have a Yoplait yogurt, then for S2 (afternoon), I typically wander a bit or even have nothing at all. S3 is my late afternoon or evening snacks, and that is where I will likely have a problem with drinking too much beer! All in all, I will normally hit somewhere around 1800 calories, give or take. Any weight loss I’d accomplish on this sort of regime, would then be the domain of me getting some good exercise….

So then, I had two challenges facing me this date; losing (or maintaining my weight if I was close to 175 pounds) and enjoying as diversified menu that wouldn’t bankrupt me in the bargain!

In order to track my culinary meanderings, I developed a FileMaker data file that allows me to see both the calories consumed along with the estimated cost, for each meal. I’ve maintained this set of records for over half a decade. Here’s a sample, below..

The ‘ETM’ entry referenced for breakfast, is a code I use to indicate that I had an egg, toast and milk. Lunch was a treat for me as I visited McD’s. (Something I do about twice a month). And, then there came the dinner and S3 period where I ate junk food and drank too much beer… (habits I’ve been trying to break, as of late).

Lastly, and to the good, I do ‘lightly’ track my activities. [Note: It’s really not very accurate, as I also generally walk one to two miles a day, and do other forms of light exercise fitting for a man of 70 years].

When I’m in a weight loss mode, I prefer to shoot for about 1400 calories a day. Yes, that is correct. And, I’ve been fairly successful over the past year of 2020. When I’m not in that mode, I try for about 1800 calories. Everything, weight wise, really hinges on how much exercise I manage to get, on any specific day..

So, my challenge for the month of December 2020, would be to do the following; eat well – yet cheaply, maintain a weight that was close to 175, exercise each day and do all of that within a very strict monetary budget. Whoa! A real challenge, for sure!

About forsythkid

I am just a simple man with a head full of sand who currently resides in a small town called Forsyth Missouri. I enjoy blogging and politics. I received my degree from SIU majoring in Biology in 1972 and still maintain a great interest in the study of all living things. My hobbies include meteorology and inhabiting cyberspace whenever possible.
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