Supersize Me: Day 4

I slept terribly last night. I went to be around 12:45am and woke up at 3:30am with a terrible stomach ache. I felt so sick that I considered ending this experiment. There’s no way that this is doing any good for my body. Although, it is reminding me of foods I can eat that will fill me up.

Today my friend starts eating my diet. She’s going to be as miserable as I am.

BREAKFAST

Finally, a change. I had a bagel with jelly. I was supposed to have it with cream cheese but I don’t have any at my house and I don’t think my family would eat the rest of it, so it would just be a waste. I know jelly and cream cheese aren’t equivalent but I figure it’s close enough.

LUNCH

A small bowl of fruit. That is not lunch. That was barely satisfying.

3PM

I am so hungry. I took a nap after lunch and dreamed that I broke the diet and just started eating and eating and eating. I’m starting to see how my friend can eat two corn dogs in one sitting. I could eat just about anything right now. Except ramen noodles.

I just ate the most delicious BLT sandwich, which was accompanied by a cheese stick. I probably could have eaten two because it had been so long since I’d had a complete meal. One lesson learned, do not go long periods without eating because you’ll probably end up eating more than you really need.

DINNER

Leftovers, which in my case was pizza. I ate two slices, although I was on the fence about whether I could eat a third. My stomach was still recovering from not eating a proper lunch, I think.

11PM

One orange. Finally, a midnight snack that is more snack-like and less meal-like. This was the perfect thing to eat before bed.

Supersize Me: Day 3

BREAKFAST

Yea, more cereal! Actually, I normally eat cereal for breakfast, but I also normally have a snack between breakfast and lunch because cereal doesn’t stick.

ONE HOUR LATER

I’m hungry.

LUNCH (1PM)

I don’t like soup. I can’t stand the broth. I’ve never had ramen noodles because they smell disgusting when cooking. Well, today I’m going to break that trend; I get to eat an entire package of ramen noodles and an orange.

I was right to not eat ramen. I don’t understand why my sister loves it so much. The noodles were okay but when I went to have some of the broth, I thought I would gag. It was disgusting and so salty, too. I managed to eat all the noodles from the package but I didn’t finish the broth. Needless to say, the orange was a wonderful relief afterwards.

DINNER

Finally, I get to eat something I like, Subway! My friend didn’t specify what kind of sandwich, just that she had a six inch, so I ate a Philly Cheese Steak with provolone cheese on flat-bread. It was wonderful and easily went down. I deserved it after the lunch I had to eat.

11:30PM

Another food that I really like is cheese and crackers. This was another delicious snack, but I think this might be a factor into my friend’s weight issues. This is a lot of food to eat before bed and you’re really not supposed to eat before bed anyway. Although, she probably stays up much later than I do, which is why she has need for a midnight snack.

Supersize Me: Day 2

Due to confusion and family stress on both ends, I ended up skipping a day between Day 1 and Day 2. That’s alright, my stomach needed the break.

BREAKFAST

Cereal again. It’s what I usually eat for breakfast anyway. The only problem is that it doesn’t stick with me for very long, so I get hungry a couple hours later and lunch seems so far away. Not to mention….

LUNCH

Nothing. I’m so hungry!

2 PM

A bowl of mac’n’cheese. I used a packet of instant mac’n’cheese and it was so unsatisfying. I don’t eat much at meals but I like to have a couple different things and a bowl of macaroni does not cut it. Actually, the taste was so bland that I added some shredded Colby Jack and it was one hundred times better, not to mention richer.

DINNER

I’m hungry again and all she ate was an apple and peanut butter. It was actually a delicious combination. Surprisingly, I’ve never had apples with peanut butter. And despite not feeling full right after eating, that meal stuck with me for most of the night.

11PM

I think it’s the late night snacks that are going to get me. I don’t like going to bed feeling super full. I sort of cheated on this one, though. All my friend told me was to eat a bowl of spaghetti. Since I was at Applebee’s I ordered their three cheese chicken penne. I managed to eat all but a small corner of the dish, which was probably a larger size than the one my friend ate. Oh but I felt so full after. I may never eat that meal again.

Supersize Me: Day 1

This experiment came from the television show Supersize Vs. Superskinny, which aired in Britain for quite a while. The show follows one obese person and one underweight person through a five day diet swap. The best part of the show is that it also examines diet fads and health problems caused by overeating and under-eating. In case you haven’t seen it, here’s a clip.

Supersize VS Superskinny

Anyway, I’m addicted to this show and thought it would be fun to try a diet swap myself. I am borderline underweight and I’m constantly fighting to make sure I stay at the right weight. I finally found someone on the heavier side willing to attempt a diet swap with me. Today we begin.

BREAKFAST

It is almost an hour after eating breakfast and I still feel gross. I had a full bowl of cereal with milk. Usually I eat half a bowl of cereal without milk. All I can say is breakfast was unsatisfying. There are all these goodies from Christmas dinner (rolls for one) and I can’t eat them. Plus, I have to go until lunch without snacking. Hopefully breakfast was big enough that I can make it.

LUNCH

How does she go all morning without a snack? I’m so hungry! Maybe breakfast for her is later than when I eat it. Anyway, I’m hungry but I’m not hungry enough to eat what is on the menu. Two corn dogs and a handful of fries. That’s a lot of food. Also, have you ever looked at the ingredients in a corn dog? I’m hopefully never eating one again. I should never have looked at the ingredients but I had to make sure the brand I bought didn’t have whey in it or else my mom would get sick.

I do not like the taste of corn dogs. Even smothered in ketchup, I do not like the taste of corn dogs. I ate the two corn dogs really fast so that my stomach wouldn’t have time to feel full before I finished. I slowed down for the fries because I like fries; they’re so yummy.

Anyway, I now feel really full. All I can think about is how full my tummy is. I feel like the Grinch except it was my stomach that grew instead of my heart, or like Pooh Bear when he gets stuck in Rabbit’s hole after eating too much.

DINNER

I’m not hungry. I don’t think I’ll be hungry for a week after the lunch I had. Oh well, one sandwich and a banana coming right up. I really wish I didn’t have to.

10:30pm

I’m still full and I still have to have a midnight snack. How am I going to survive an entire week of this?

MIDNIGHT

Ok, I cheated a little this time. I was supposed to eat an apple and some crackers. I ate a dinner roll instead of the crackers because I needed to eat something comforting. And finally I had a meal I enjoyed. It was light and felt healthy.

Now that I’m done eating, I’m so full I think I’m going to puke. I feel so terrible. I don’t think my stomach has finished digesting lunch. What did I get myself into?

Experiment Ponytail Headache: Trial 4

I have found a solution that worked excellently. I did the french braid as in trial 3 and used a scrunchie instead of a regular hair tie. It dispersed the weight and held my hair loosely enough that I didn’t get a headache at all. I have to add that my sister was with me today and asked if scrunchies were back in style. I guess the only down fall would be that I’m not in style when I wear my hair like that. Oh well, I’m comfortable and it’s easy.

I do believe this is the end of this experiment. Let me know what you thought and what you think I should try next.

Experiment Ponytail Headache: Trial 3

SUCCESS!

I have finally found a trick that allowed me to wear a high ponytail all day. I french braided a third of the front section of my hair back to the ponytail. This distributed the weight through the braid before pulling on my scalp. I did feel a slight pull and ache by the end, so this plan isn’t perfect. The next step is to try and modify this hair style so that I don’t feel any pulling at all. Maybe a scrunchy and a french braid will work together. I could also do more than one french braid back.

Experiment Ponytail Headache: Trial 2

I continued my research through Google and found a suggestion that by putting half my hair in the ponytail and then wrapping the other half around the ponytail, the weight would be lessened and I would avoid a ponytail headache. I dutifully followed directions and didn’t make it to my car that morning before I had to take my hair down. Mind you, I had to work all day, so I didn’t wait for a full headache.

Lesson learned: wrapping half your hair around the ponytail does not help. The weight is still there and you have bobby pins digging into your scalp as well.