This is a true story. Several years ago, I was on the phone with my younger sister and she was complaining about some ailment that she was sure was a sign of a serious disease. I told her gently that I thought she might be a bit of a hypochondriac. The next day she called me back and asked, “Kerri, what was that thing you called me?” I said, ” A hypochondriac.” To which she replied, “Yeah, I think I have that.”
Today was a long day. I was at school late last night for a meeting with the parents of my debate team, and today I felt sleepy and a bit grumpy all day. I had a bit of a headache that just wouldn’t go away (I am blaming that on Roberto G. who left a comment asking if we would be documenting physical changes or issues that we noted; it is noted). I had a great time in all of my classes, but I have to admit, by fourth period, I was ready to go home. After school got out, I went to Christopher’s game show audition with him ( I auditioned too! Watch out world, here we come). In the car I felt a bit light headed, so I took a short nap while Christopher drove. I was a bit more energized after that.
On the way home, I called my mom to tell her how it went. In the midst of our conversation she told me that I needed to eat fruit so that I would not get scurvy. I assured her that I would not get scurvy, but as soon as I got home I looked it up. It is caused by a deficiency in Vitamin C and it was very common in sailors who were out at sea longer than fruits and vegetables could last (Wikipedia). Apparently, this can be cured by citrus fruit. As I am writing this, I am drinking a glass of water with juice from a foraged lemon. I would hate for my teeth to fall out (especially after all of the money I have put into toothpaste), and this is an issue with scurvy.
My best friend, Nicole, is worried that I might lose too much weight. Typically I don’t weigh myself that often, not because I never worry, mostly because I don’t want to know. We both did a weigh-in on the first day, and I have been checking my weight almost daily and thinking deeply about half pound fluctuations.
Although I am tired, I know the rest of this is in my head. We are paying attention to the way our bodies are reacting because it is a change. Prior to this project we would have mounds of food on our large dinner plates, but now I look at our meager portions served on our salad plates and it never looks like enough.
But as I learned today, the power of suggestion is pretty strong. I am going to continue to suggest to myself that eating until I am not hungry is much healthier than eating until I am uncomfortably full.
Tired of PB&J,
Breakfast: Oatmeal – $0.06, 1 TBSP Peanut Butter on 1/2 piece of bread – $0.10 (only Christopher had PB), 1/3 TBSP of margarine – $0.02
Lunch: 1/2 Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches (homemade bread, 2 TBSP Peanut Butter, 1 TBSP Jelly) – $0.26, 2 Cups popped popcorn – $0.07 (Kerri only)
Dinner: 1.5 Cups Refried Beans – $0.14, 2 Baked Potatoes w/ 1 TBSP Margarine – $0.32
Kerri Total: $0.92
Christopher Total: $0.90
Donation Total: $145
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