Thursday, February 11, 2021

Day 5

10:45 A.M.

My current weight is 213.8 pounds.  I had a 99-cent bag of trail mix earlier this morning, but haven't eaten anything else today.  I think I woke up a little before 8:00 A.M.

12:05 P.M.

My diet plan is to lie in bed and watch movies, but the kink with that plan is the Hovel Hotel has spotty WiFi.  You can't watch movies with spotty WiFi.  You get low resolution and a lot of buffering.  Also, I think some of the power outlets are spotty, because my Amazon Fire TV Stick would randomly reboot every half hour or so, which also stalls any momentum you might have.  So if you can't get into a movie scene, you wind up paying attention to things online for which you don't need stable WiFi.  You might go on Twitter, or Reddit.  I don't for sure if there's some scientific correlation here, but it just seems like the more you can distract yourself and the less you're bothered, the less likely you are to eat food.

12:10 P.M.

The store in this area used to sell milk from Rollin Dairy, which made really delicious skim milk.  But now they're selling milk from Guida's.  What the hell, man.  I liked the name Rollin Dairy because it made me think of Seth Rollins owning a dairy. 

12:40 P.M.

I was near a subway stop this morning and there was a plastic stand for AM Metro New York stand, and there was also an Ecuador News stand.  That seems like a pretty specific niche to have a whole stand for.  Maybe there's a whole Ecuadorian neighborhood in Queens.   I picked up a copy, even though I don't speak Spanish that well.

1:30 P.M. 

I'm at 213.0 pounds right now.  I took a dump, and it was one of those dumps where you realize it's easier just to hop in the shower rather than keep wiping a dozen times.    

1:35 P.M.

This is Day 5, and I realized I didn't get the typical headaches you get when you stop consuming caffeine all of a sudden.  And it's because I'd already "quit" caffeine almost a week prior.  The headaches usually occur on your second day without caffeine, and I definitely had those during that first unofficial week.       

2:00 P.M.

The gas station is open until midnight tonight.  Usually during the week it closes at 10:00 P.M., so that changes my food calculation a bit.  Normally I would be tempted to pick something up around 9:00 P.M., before all the nearby bodegas and stores close.  But now I've got an extra two-hour window.  Sometimes if I get really hungry at around 2 A.M. or 3 A.M. I'll cross the stretch of highway and go to the 24-hour bodega.  But if I buy something at around 11:30 P.M. then I won't be tempted to go there in the middle of the night.  Likewise, if I eat something late at night, then it means I won't be as hungry in the morning when 7:00 A.M. rolls around.  

This morning I ate that 99-cent bag of trail mix, which was essentially my breakfast.  But I can't always keep food around my room, or else I'll eat it.  Yesterday evening I went to the corner bodega and got a turkey sub, plus a 2-liter bottle of Sprite Zero Sugar, plus and orange, plus two bags of trail mix.  And I ate one of those bags of trail mix after eating the turkey sub.  So I basically have to buy two bags of trail mix in the evening if I want to ensure I'll still have one in the morning.  If I buy only one bag of trial mix, it's almost a guarantee I'm going to eat it that same evening.  A while ago I was at Target and bought a box of these birthday cake protein bars.  They weren't even that tasty, but I would just consume one right after the other.  If I have food around my room, I will eat it; that's the problem.  If I buy a jar of peanut butter, I will eat the whole jar of peanut butter.  It might take a day, but the jar won't last more than a day.  There's really no scenario where I buy food and store it for the next day.  Some types of food might last longer than others--I might go half a day before eating a bowl of Nissin noodles--but nothing lasts for a significantly long time.  And by "significantly long," I mean more than a day.  I do have an orange on my dresser right now.  That lasts a while because I have to get a knife and cut it open and get some napkins because the juice spills everywhere.  It's the same orange I bought last night at the bodega, but it'll probably be gone before the end of the day as well.

2:10 P.M.

Chiropractic videos are a good way to eat up little chunks of time.  There's this guy on YouTube named Dr. Rahim.  He uploaded a 15-minute video today, so I can watch that in 5-minute chunks, and that means I can go another 5-minutes without eating.

2:45 P.M.

This chiropractic video I was watching had a 30-minute ad in the middle for Prager U.  I let it play on mute while I read the AM Metro newspaper.  I didn't want them to feel like they were wasting their money it.  I did un-mute it to hear the Dennis guy's Super Bowl predictions, and he said he thought Tampa Bay was going to win.  I also ate that orange.

5:30 P.M.

I went to a Halal cart and got a carton of rice and chicken.  That should fill me up for the rest of the day.  Then there's the matter of what I do at night.  Do I go to the gas station and get something to eat or drink around 11:00 P.M., or do I just fall asleep?  Maybe I could get another carton of milk.  I'm trying to cut down on beer a little bit, but I could just buy some Bud Light or Rolling Rock and drink a couple of those during the middle of the night.  The one thing I want to avoid is buying a whole jar of peanut butter, because I'll eat the whole thing within a day.  But what else is there to buy at the gas station that would be considered an okay snack?  I could buy, like, a protein bar, but those don't really hit the spot late at night.  I've eliminated soda.  I don't want to get a Gatorade.  It might just be beer.  That might be the best option.  Maybe I'll weigh myself close to 11:00 P.M. and make a decision based on my weight.

09:05 P.M.

I wonder if I can train myself to only check Wreddit throughout the day.  Each time I'm tempted to visit a web page, I just refresh Wreddit.  And it'll get very repetitive and it won't be very stimulating, but it'll be better than wantonly visiting other web pages throughout the day.

09:35 P.M.

It's 09:35 P.M. right now.  Let's see if I can go one hour without checking any web pages.

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