I’m in an excellent mood today. Why? Well, I have a couple of reasons. First off, the Stunt Diet™ is off to an excellent start. Here are observations and highlights from Yogurt Day:
- I am less likely to cheat when the diet is totally binary: With just about any other diet, I am able to rationalize whatever I’m eating. With the Stunt Diet™, that’s not possible. You’re either eating the one thing you’re allowed to eat, or you’re cheating.
- I am less likely to take a step forward when I’m standing next to a cliff. As the day went on, I desperately wanted something with a different texture and taste than yogurt. I knew, though, that once I started cheating, I wouldn’t stop until I had made a spectacle of myself.
- I did not get an upset stomach. I thought that this much yogurt would make me ill, but it didn’t.
- I have my limits: I had targeted 30 yogurts for the day, but I just couldn’t do it. Fifteen was all I could manage, which comes out to about 900 calories. After that, the thought of more yogurt simply repelled me.
- I experienced a new sensation. For the first time in my life, I was extremely hungry, but unwilling to eat.
- The cravings one gets when eating yogurt all day make for a healthy “cheat.” Around 8:00pm I knew I could not eat another yogurt, no matter what. What sounded really, really good was a sandwich. So I mashed up four hardboiled eggs (only one yolk, though) with (fat free) mayo, mustard, and relish, and served it on a couple pieces of wheat bread. It was the most delicious sandwich I have ever eaten.
- I do not know whether I will be able to do another Yogurt Day in the near future. I no longer get the heebie-jeebies when I think about yogurt, but it’s not like I’m craving it.
- I am startled by how much weight I lost. Yesterday, I weighed in at 170.4. Guess how much (to the tenth of a pound) I weighed this morning? The closest guess gets a MSN 64Mb USB Flash Memory Drive. I’ll explain why I have this to give away tomorrow-ish. For now, Leave your guess by email or comment.
Day 2: Too Easy, So Far
Stunt Diet™, Day 2 was supposed to be Clif Bar day, but I only have three Clif Bars. So I’m doing Pasta Day today. This morning I made a big batch of penne marinara, with lots and lots and lots of onions. I could eat this all day for a week straight.
And you know, maybe next week I will.
Help Out Rob
UltraRob is less than a month from doing the Race Across America, and some of his crew has bailed. Sheesh. Rob needs help. Here’s what he says:
Basically the setup will be 2 crews of 3. If I manage to get more than 6 people we’ll be able to have a couple people run errands or have a chance to take turns getting extra rest. The problem right now is I’m basically down to 5 with one more pretty sure that he’s not going to be allowed to take off work. My goal will be to ride about 20 hours a day, so the crew needs to be getting more sleep than me so they can function as my brain and also not run over me when directly following.
During a shift there’s 3 main responsibilities: the driver, the navigator, and the food, supplement, and medication person. There will be other tasks such as changing music, getting jackets, spraying water to cool me off, fixing mechanical issues, etc.
I have a couple people driving a van to the start from Colorado and the rest I’m flying. I’m having the crew arrive in Oceanside on June 9th.
I’m flying pretty much everyone home on June 24th. During the race I’m paying for food and lodging so the crew really shouldn’t have to pay for much of anything.
I’ll tell you what. If you can somehow find the time to volunteer and help UltraRob out, I’ll beg the Banjo Brothers to outfit you with one of their messenger bags. And I’ll give you one of these handy MSN USB Flash Memory Drives I’ve got. ‘Cuz if someone’s going to do the RAAM, he shouldn’t have to do it with a skeleton crew.