Live Below The Line Challenge: Day Five

Jess McGlynnMarch 6, 2015

This week I have been challenged by Send A Cow to live below the line, surviving on just £1 a day for 5 days.  Here’s how I’ve been getting on:

Thoughts on Day Five
Oh happy day, happy day!!  Day five has arrived!

I was so busy yesterday that actually when I looked back on it, I didn’t notice the hunger pangs nearly as much.  Wish I’d twigged about that earlier as it would have maybe prevented me for daydreaming about large slices of chocolate cake magically appearing in front of me…

However I was totally wiped by 8pm and went to bed, falling fast asleep straight away.  I don’t know whether that was my active day combined with lack of food and energy reserves or my daily waking at 5.30am which just exhausted me but I slept like a baby…until 5.30am of course when it happened again.  I’m hoping that it won’t continue to be the case!

As I mentioned yesterday, this evening I am out for a celebratory meal so that is my focus for today as I scrabble around using up the last of my food which equals a few slices of bread, a couple of eggs and some frozen veg.  Should be able to make a nutritious lunch out of that, surely!

I won’t say that I am sorry that this is the last day of the challenge although I have been impressed with myself for seeing it through; even on the days when I felt like I’d had enough.  Who knew that lack of food could make you so irritable, tearful and tired?

I have a new appreciation and admiration for those who face living below the line every single day.  Part of me just wanted to lie on the sofa, clutching my growling stomach and feeling sorry for myself but life has to go on.  Work has to be done, children have to clothed and fed and for those who struggle through life every single day on a diet which is not sufficient, my heart goes out to them.  

Things I have learnt:-

1) I am quite possibly the world’s worst cook.  I am fairly certain that it is something special to make tasteless food 5 days in a row.

2) I can stick to something when I put my mind to it (yippee!)

3) Living below the line is hard.  

I get to go back to eating three meals a day, drinking tea, snacking when I’m hungry and accessing clean water from my tap.  Not everyone has that choice so if you haven’t yet signed up for Live Below The Line then do, oh please do, it could make such a difference to those living in Burundi if you choose to support Send A Cow.

For now, I’m off to stare at the menu for tonight’s dinner and concentrate on something positive, rather than how very hungry I am right now!


  • Claire@ClarinasContemplations

    March 11, 2015 at 14:05

    Wow Jess… what an achievement! I can imagine its hard, hard, HARD and I'm not sure I'd have the willpower to follow it through! Well done! So sad to think there are so many people in the world for whom this is a daily reality…

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