wiaw – my 5,000 calorie day

June 26, 2013 in All Posts, Blog, Body, Breakfast, Dessert, Diet, Dinner, ED, Food, Goals, Inspiration, Lists, Lunch, Popular, Snack, WIAW by travisvwright

Hey everyone it’s Travis again.  Yes, I realize we are supposed to not be counting calories, but here’s my WIAW style recap of my 5,000 Calorie Day.  Since you are curious I posted my weight gain at the bottom.  But I know your first question is going to be why.  The short answer is I’ve been eating a caloric deficit recently, and need to have a metabolism boosting day.

Some people live in a caloric deficit.  I’d guess there are quiet a few of you that can’t remember that last time you weren’t trying to burn more calories than you ate.  Regardless of the popularity of Set Point Theory currently, it’s pretty widely accepted that a constant caloric deficit will lead to reduced metabolism.  Which means the longer you “diet” (verb) the more difficult it is, because you need to be consuming less and less as your body adjusts your new diet (noun).  THEN when you are done “cutting”, your metabolism is so broken down and weak, you can’t eat half what most people eat without gaining weight.  Sound familiar?

There’s a solution!

You need to be actively combating this.  What’s the point of getting to your ideal weight if the rest of your life you can only eat salad (with the sad fork-dipped-into-the-dressing-first method)?  In fact I’ve actually got the exact opposite thinking.  Back when I wasn’t cutting, I’d eat my 1300 calorie nightly ice cream bowl…well, nightly.  I’d like to get to the point where I can eat 3,000 calories a day and maintain my weight.  Then when you want to cut you drop to the extremely deprived level of 2,500 calories per day.

So without further ado, here’s my WIAW – The 5,000 Calorie Metabolism Boosting Day!

5000 Calorie Day Breakfast

Breakfast – 2 eggs over easy, 2 biscuits and gravy, 2 sausage patties ~ 1,230 Calories (Not counting the bites of Lindsay’s pancake I tried)


5000 Calories

Katie’s Kraut Burgers (Lindsay took umbrage with myfitnesspal’s estimate of 272 per burger so I’m only counting 2 of them) ~ 544 Calories


5000 Calorie Day Second Breakfast

Second Lunch – Van’s Flax Waffles with peanut butter and The Laughing Cow cream cheese (a Blend sponsor)~ 540 Calories


5000 Calories

Quick Snack – Newton’s Fruit Thins with peanut butter (I had 6 plus some Justin’s Vanilla Almond Butter – another Blend sponsor!) ~ 310 Calories



5000 Calorie Day Eggs

Dinner – 4 eggs with grilled chicken and cheese ~ 710 Calories


5000 Calories

More Dinner – Chocolate Chip Clif Bar ~ 230 Calories


Cinnamon Roll

Post Dinner Snack – Cinnamon Roll ~ 200


5000 Calorie Day

Ice Cream ~ 1,250



  • 1,230 – Breakfast
  • 544 – Second Breakfast
  • 540 – Waffle Lunch
  • 310 – Lunch Dessert Newton Fruit Thins
  • 710 – Dinner Eggs
  • 230 – Clif Bar
  • 200 – Cinnamon Roll
  • +     1,250 – Ice Cream
  • 5,014 – Total for the day

Weight Gain:

Now the part for which you’ve been waiting with breath that is bated…(First, obviously since it’s Wednesday I didn’t eat this on Wednesday.  I actually ate this on Saturday.)  On Sunday morning, I weighed 4 pounds more than on Saturday morning.  I’m actually back under my Saturday number as of this morning.

Question:  What would YOU eat on your 5,000 calorie day?