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The Hobbit Diet: Journey’s End

And it was done. YAY! The FIRST of my 2014 goals off the list. Let me conclude this journey properly in the same style of the series with the 5 Thoughts.

#1

The question I get a lot is if eating all day helps lose weight. It wasn’t my goal to begin with so I couldn’t tell ya. I usually fluctuate from 110-115 lbs. through the whole month. I’m back to 110 again after it’s all done. But then again, I wasn’t working out during most of the month. MAYBE if I had stuck with my usual workout schedule and eat seven times a day, I could’ve lost weight? We’ll never know.

#2

Not having worked out for almost a month is horrible. First, I couldn’t go to the gym because we only had one car between us for most of the month. I couldn’t exercise once food has touched my stomach so running in the evening wasn’t an option. For a while, though, I was getting the workout from riding my bike to work. So I guess there was a little bit of calorie deficit there. But once I got the car back, I had that stupid cold which left me with a lingering cough, pushing me off my workout wagon completely.  I’m still coughing a little bit. Having said that, the cough does give me some nice abs. LOL Meanwhile, I was still doing my planks, pretty much the only “exercise” that didn’t give me a coughing fit.

#3

My body has gotten used to the gradual grazing, and I’m more in tune with it to know when to nibble without having to look at a clock. I’m eating 5 meals a day now which is more to my pace: Breakfast, Second Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon Tea, and Supper. (I know, no Elevensies. During the weekday, Elevensies are hard!) I still stock up my snack drawers and “mini fridge,” a metal lunchbox that stays in the office fridge, holding all my stuff.  In a way, I think that’s a good, new habit to have.

I can’t justify eating a late night ice cream as “Dinner” any more. Dang it… ;-)

#4

Counting calories is the WORST thing we could do to ourselves. Keeping a diary of what you eat is one thing, but actually watch the numbers was maddening. Sure, much like all the women, I have some body security issue. But it was NEVER about the food. I would stand there, looking at myself and feel like…urgh…but I would never, for second, blame the food I just ate. Using MyFitnessPal to track my calories was a huge mistake that I will never make again. The negative number and “If you eat this way, you will weight THIS MUCH next week” bit was demoralizing. I’m sure some Type A personality probably loves to use that as a motivation to eat better and/or exercise more. But that wasn’t me. I don’t want any part of that. Ever again.

#5

My husband is awesome the whole way through, putting up with me running off to blog and eating at all–and sometimes inconvenient–hours. My friends are awesome too! Super supportive of my weird little journey.

And of course, thanks you guys, for coming along for the ride. :)

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Day 31: The Final Feast

5 Thoughts

  • Wow this month went fast! I can’t believe this challenge is over.
  • I actually followed through with this 2014 goal. Yay me!
  • I’m going to celebrate in style today and eat really, REALLY well! Bring on the feast!
  • I haven’t over indulged in a meal this whole month…until now. Holy over eating, Batman…
  • Now what am I going to write on my blog? LOL

Today’s Photo

As I said, best nostalgia for your buck.

Breakfast

The last of the leftover pork chop and vegetables.

Second Breakfast

Orange juice.

Elevensies

Shin Sen Gumi 1/2 bowl ramen with an egg and 1/2 order of gyoza, split with Brandon. Oh, and a small Supporo. Because I can.

Lunch

Thrifty Mocha almond Judge ice cream in the waffle cone. See above.

The Rocky Road scoop on the bottom is saved for later. ;-)

Afternoon Tea

Goldfish crackers.

Supper

We went to dinner with our friend James at Johnny Rebb’s.  We got complimentary onion rings to start from my Foursquare special. Then I had some fried green tomatoes with the Whiskey Daisy cocktail. My dinner order is actually a 2-item combo with chicken fried steak and pulled pork, mashed potatoes with gravy and collard greens, and hush puppies.

I ordered a LOT  so I can have leftover for days. We did not eat all of the onion rings. I ate 2 of 6 slices of fried green tomatoes, about half of chicken fried steaks and mashed potatoes, a little bit of collard greens and pulled pork. I left the hush puppies untouched…for now.

Dinner

I took one bite of the leftover waffle cone and put it back. There was just no room!

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Day 30: Today By Numbers

5 Thoughts

  • ONE more day at work before the weekend. We can get through this!
  • TWO more days on this challenge.
  • THREE is the speed of which I use to forward through Prisoners. That movie was much too slow even for a “slow burn.”
  • FOUR thirty was my beauty appointment. Not 4:45 I thought it was. Whoops.
  • FIVE forty five is my dinner appointment at Curtis Stone’s Maude next Tuesday. My coworker Alex has been on a waiting list. Once she got them on the phone, we pretty much picked apart the rest of the availability for June.

Today’s Photo

I wish I had taken a picture of my hands after I was done prepping the Chayote Squash for work today. You know glue gets when it dries on your skin? Look a lot like your skin is cracking and peeling off? Yep. That was what happened to my hands.

At first I thought it was my skin peeling off because my skin felt tight, like after washing my hand in some strong soap. And this thing loo

Most people thought it was their skin peeling off and the loss of sensations in their fingers as a reaction to the sap. It isn’t that. It’s because your hands are now covered with a layer of slick sap that dries over your hands. Much like drying glue.

My coworker who uses the squash all the time said to wash my hands with lemons and the sap will come right off. I didn’t have any lemon on hand so I use vinegar. And that worked too.

Here’s a picture from the interweb of someone who went through the same thing as I did. It really was a little disconcerting.

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Breakfast

Fage Fruyo Strawberry yogurt with granola.

Second Breakfast

Orange juice.

Elevensies

3 stone ground wheat crackers with…Garlic and Herb Laughing Cow Light.

Not very good. I like the French Onion much better.

Lunch

2 quarters of leftover California Lamb pita sandwich.

Afternoon Tea

Chicharron sprinkled with Tajin.

Supper

Hawaiian barbecue short rib with some cabbage. And bubbly.

Dinner

More bubbly!

It’s Friday!

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Day 29: Benadryl Haze

5 Thoughts

  • You know today is going badly when you started sneezing right after you used your prescription allergy nose spray AND eye drop.
  • I know that a day of sneezing fit is tiring. I didn’t know how much worse it would be when you add coughing to that too.
  • I love my job and I adore my team. It’s so good to get to have lunch with all of them.
  • Benadryl is a miracle drug.
  • Benadryl usually makes me sleepy but somehow today I was extra drowsy. But then again, I had TWO other allergy meds already in my system plus a huge lunch.

Today’s video

Jenga Cat rules.

Breakfast

A runny fried egg over leftover roasted vegetables from yesterday. Bomb diggity.

Second Breakfast

Oolong tea and homemade fudge somebody brought in.

Elevensies

Quite a few bites of soyrizo on tortilla chips. Our Soyrizo really does rock, I’m not gonna lie.

It’s test kitchen day. We were trying to figure out what tastes better on soyrizo: cheese or sour cream. It’s a draw.

Lunch

We celebrated our coworker Hazel’s birthday at Preveza. I had a few pieces of “flaming cheese” with one slice of olive bread, one quarter of the California Lamb sandwich on pita bread (lamb gyro, avocado, tomato, onion, and provolone) with their rainbow fries. Oh, and Hazel shared her Spumoni too. And Benadryl.

…Food coma…

Afternoon Tea

A spoonful of German Nutella.

Supper

The last of the leftover spaghetti.

Dinner

A few bites of Haagen Dazs strawberry ice cream…before I zonked out on the couch.

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Day 27: Holy Crap Kind of Day

5 Thoughts

  • Holy crap! My abs look AWESOME. But damn, I’m tired of coughing…
  • Holy crap! I’m hungry right on cue all day today. Back on the horse so fast after 3 days of eating seven times a day willy nilly.
  • Holy crap! I didn’t starve and/or crave junk food on my Meatless Tuesday! Yay for me!
  • Holy crap! Today went by FAST!
  • Holy crap! This experiment is almost over!

Today’s Photo

While waiting for Brandon to get his hair cut, I browsed some fashion magazines. Not sure how I feel about crop top and overalls making a comeback. Well, you know, because that was kind of MY high school fashion…which is now considered retro…? Holy CRAP!

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Breakfast

Orange juice and English Breakfast tea.

Second Breakfast

KIND Bar. Some kind of apricot almond thing. Sticky and sweet. Did not like that.

Elevensies

Baby carrots.

Lunch

Amy’s frozen food Mexican Bowl. Super tasty. Love it!

Afternoon Tea

Snapea Crisps.

Supper

Goldfish crackers

Dinner

A bowl of chowmein noodles and eggplant and tofu stir fry from Panda Express.

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