"I can't do it, Ana. My mom's going to know what we're up to for sure." Today was supposed to be a 100 Calorie day, but Mom knew that i hated to eat, and she knew when i didn't eat much. Today would be impossible to get through without being questioned.
"Not if we do it the sneaky way," Ana replied with a wink. "Go get a huge bowl of oatmeal, take a couple bites out where she can see you, and then bring it back here."
"We're going to get rid of it then?" i asked.
She nodded slyly. "Of course, silly."
"You'll help me, won't you? I don't know if i can get rid of something i just started eating."
She nodded again. "Yes, but only if you absolutely need it. I want you to try it on your own first, show yourself how strong you are."
"I'm not strong at all," i admitted.
"Oh, that's what you think. Now go on."
I obediently went out to the kitchen and filled a bowl with an insane amount of oatmeal. I'd never seriously consider eating that much. It was awful just to look at how much was in the bowl. "I'm really hungry this morning," i told my mom through a bite. It certainly wasn't a lie. I took two more bites. Then i disappeared into my room with Ana.
She shoved the trash can at me. "Dump it," she commanded.
It was much easier than i'd thought. The sight and sound of the food plopping away into the trash rather disgusted me. Was that how it would sound going into my stomach? Eww! I had no idea how i could ever have considered eating it. I waited exactly 15 minutes before i returned the bowl to the kitchen and claimed the only thing that would get me through the day: my beloved black coffee.
Ana chuckled softly at the sight of me cupping my mug in my hands and holding it so close to me that you would have thought it was worth millions. "You really are quite addicted to that stuff, aren't you?"
"No more addicted than i am to you," i shot back.
"True," she said approvingly. "Very very true... Treadmill?"
I smiled. "Another addiction. Certainly. Just let me finish my coffee."
And just as Ana had said, the day went by perfectly. She helped me, and in return, i pleased her and did not exceed my Calorie limit. All was well.