Stunt Diet, Day 2

05.16.2006 | 11:39 pm

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.


  1. Comment by uncadan8 | 05.17.2006 | 12:39 am

    I am guessing 2.8 pounds lost. I also predict that it all comes back after the pasta day.

  2. Comment by Katie | 05.17.2006 | 12:43 am

    I’m predicting 3.2 pounds, simply for the water weight.
    Although I’m assuming I’m way off and will have my ideas handed to me on a platter upon your next post. :)

  3. Comment by david | 05.17.2006 | 1:23 am

    I’ll buy the crew lunch when they come through here, (Athens OH to Parkersburg WVA.)

  4. Comment by Unknown | 05.17.2006 | 1:28 am

    Hmmm.  Partially because I have a hard time thinking for myself I’ll split the difference of the previous guesses and say 3.0 pounds.  Also I like the number three.
    You should try eating nothing but pickles for a day.  You could snack on a wide assortment of dills, sweets and bread and butters and you’d still have a hard time hitting more than a couple hundred calories.

  5. Comment by Daryl | 05.17.2006 | 2:19 am

    The number 165.8 just popped into my head so that is my quess. Hope you reach your goal before you kill yourself trying. If not will your wife honor your deal cause I would love that bike.

  6. Comment by Quinn | 05.17.2006 | 3:20 am


  7. Comment by Tony | 05.17.2006 | 3:55 am

    I’ll guess 167 even (167.0), and I’ll agree with uncadan8 that the pasta will put it back on.

  8. Comment by Ade | 05.17.2006 | 4:03 am

    Other than Wednesday this diet really sucks. It’s all high glycemic index food with lots of sugars. It’s nasty. You blood sugar and insulin levels will be a mess all day. Diet Coke, you’ve got to be kidding me. Shame on you for even suggesting this to your young impressionable readers.
    The best diet book I’ve read recently is "The Paleo Diet for Athletes". Check it out, it has lots of good advice for people like Fatty who do lots of exercise and want to eat right. You don’t even have to buy in to the whole Paleo thing, still has lots of good advice on eating right.
    Oh… and while we’re on the subject. I still haven’t forgiven you for dropping me on Zoo last year at that SIR event – I got caught at the lights and that was that.
    Have Fun…

  9. Comment by Gregory | 05.17.2006 | 4:30 am

    you weigh exactly 170.2 lbs

  10. Comment by barry1021 | 05.17.2006 | 8:47 am

    155 pounds. It’s a trick question. You packed your scale for the move, so you weighed yourself on the industrial scale in the shipping room at work, which only goes up to 155. Weigh to go, you made it, time for ice cream, which by the way would be my first day’s food if I did your diet. Not the low fat kind tho, that would be unhealthy.

  11. Comment by Unknown | 05.17.2006 | 12:37 pm

    We all know it was water weight since you scarffed down 3 bags of chips in preparation for your diet from nutritional hell.

  12. Comment by Andrew | 05.17.2006 | 12:43 pm

    Now stop torturing yourself and have some Pringles.

  13. Comment by Unknown | 05.17.2006 | 1:02 pm

    I’m guessing 598.2 pounds, and that you look and smell like Fat Barstard from the Austin Powers movies, and you only report this as 168.2 because the little disc on your scale passes 330 pounds and lands on 168 on its second trip ’round the world.  
    Now stop this insanity before you give all cyclists a bad name.  Or become a committed roadie, where crippling neuroses and insanity about your diet are often considered beneficial precursors to excellence.  See, e.g., Lance Armstrong.  "I got testicular cancer, lost a nut, and nearly died.  But I lost 15 pounds.  15 pounds, you hear me?  Best experience of my life.  But now I’m trying to find a cure for cancer because I don’t want anybody else to lose 15 pounds and be a better climber than I was."  It’s a sickness, man.  A sickness.
    Psst, hey buddy, can you spare an Ex-Lax? 

  14. Comment by BIg Mike In Oz | 05.17.2006 | 1:12 pm

    You omitted one key fact that is necessary to generate an accurate answer.  Therefore my weight estimate comes with some maths involved.  I’l give you 2.8 pounds plus an extra 0.4 pounds for each hour of riding.
    Rob – I’ve got an exam on the 13th, otherwise I’d be there for you.  If it’s any help, from now until the 13th, I will be surviving on about 25 hours sleep a week.  After the last exam I won’t need that endurance again until October, so when you feel a surge of extra "awakeness" on the 14th, that’s me.

  15. Comment by barry1021 | 05.17.2006 | 1:13 pm

    Damn Al , you are good!! That was my second guess. Right on with the analysis of roadies. At last year’s Tour De Georgia Tom Danielson was listed at 5′ 10" 129 lbs. There were Auschwitz survivors that looked better. So what if it takes me a month to climb a hill that my emaciated buddies do in a hour? Someone has to buy those XXL roadie togs.

  16. Comment by Geoff | 05.17.2006 | 1:29 pm

    I say, 167.6.  Yeah, that’s the ticket!

  17. Comment by Jose | 05.17.2006 | 2:05 pm

    If you continue cheating in one weak you are going to call it the "Stinct Diet".
    I guess 167.6 lbs.

  18. Comment by Jose | 05.17.2006 | 2:07 pm

    Sorry Geoff, I’ll change it to 167.4

  19. Comment by jim | 05.17.2006 | 2:23 pm


  20. Comment by Stephanie | 05.17.2006 | 2:50 pm

    164.2  Congratulations on eating that much yogurt.  That in itself should deserve a prize

  21. Comment by uncadan8 | 05.17.2006 | 2:51 pm

    Geoff – I already guessed that weight. Not that I will win anyway. So you might want to guess another weight for a better chance at winning. I am known for my bad luck!

  22. Comment by Unknown | 05.17.2006 | 2:54 pm

    Yes, Stephanie.  And the prize should be… a 24 Pack of Yogurt!

  23. Comment by Unknown | 05.17.2006 | 3:19 pm


  24. Comment by Susie | 05.17.2006 | 4:32 pm

    I have to guess on this – 163.4.  This was done on a pure scientific formula on how fast yogart can exit your body.

  25. Comment by Unknown | 05.17.2006 | 4:33 pm

    you should’ve used lowfat yogurt
    instead of lowfat mayo.

  26. Comment by Zed | 05.17.2006 | 4:52 pm

    Is 167.9 taken?

  27. Comment by John | 05.17.2006 | 5:07 pm

    I say 165.8 lbs.  I can’t imagine eating that much yogurt …

  28. Comment by Unknown | 05.17.2006 | 5:23 pm

    One sixty-eight even.

  29. Comment by Rick | 05.17.2006 | 5:30 pm

    I’m betting 169.1.  If the Stunt Diet doesn’t work out, you could try the diet Steve Martin created called "Dr. Fitzkee’s Lucky Astrology Diet":(  near the bottom)It’s a surefire winner and may appeal to you as Leadville gets closer, and closer, and closer…

  30. Comment by Greg | 05.17.2006 | 5:31 pm


    the stunt diet is nuts, but I like it.

  31. Comment by Teresa | 05.17.2006 | 7:15 pm

    Gardener, Chauncey the Gardener

  32. Comment by ...And The Little Minion | 05.17.2006 | 7:22 pm

    Yogurt day sounds horrible! Your diet sounds horrible! I just don’t think that I could eat that much of one thing… particularly yogurt… I would recommend mixing horrible day, then easy day, then horrible day again… Good luck!

  33. Comment by Tom Stormcrowe | 05.17.2006 | 8:07 pm

    Flying out to SD on the 9th, Elden! Crewing for Rob, cool, huh? I think he’s going to do great at RAAM, by the way!

  34. Comment by Jsun | 05.17.2006 | 8:28 pm

    <I experienced a new sensation. For the first time in my life, I was extremely hungry, but unwilling to eat. >
    You may actually be on to something.  Don’t listen to the others.   Everyone has thier own miracle diet and they are all trying to flog it, but they don’t have the stardom you do.  You can parlay this thing into at least a book deal and an Oprah appearance. 
    How about a diet/workout video?  I can make you a copy of a Jane Fonda or Olivia Newton-John video for reference; I’ve made a few extra copies because I burn through them. 

  35. Comment by EricGu | 05.17.2006 | 8:31 pm

    Let’s see. You ate around 1200 calories for the day. You burnt perhaps 2500 calories.
    Leaving you with a calorie deficit of around 1300, which means that you may have lost up to 1/3 of a pound of weight.
    That’s not what the scale said? Then you lost water.


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