The blog will take a slight diversion for the next 5 days while I hack my body. While the underlying theme of this blog is financial independence, good health goes hand in hand with retirement. What fun is life if you don’t have your health?
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A long time ago, I asked you all if you’d be willing to try the food substitute, Soylent. The answer was a resounding “no.” Some of you even thought I was a bit crazy. No matter; it’s probably true.
When I asked the question about a year ago, I also placed an order for a one week supply of Soylent. Then I waited. And waited. And waited. The Soylent never showed up. The product is back ordered for an unknown length of time. Frustrated with the wait and the company’s very poor customer service (very little communication; not at all transparent), I cancelled my order a couple weeks ago.
The pizza, Portillo’s, donut diet
I recently went to Chicago for work. I always eat horrible on work trips. Co-workers bring in donuts. I eat too much Chicago pizza and Portillo’s. Not good. I was disgusted with myself when I came home and saw that my weight had crept up to an all time high, 172. I’m 5’11”, but am skinny, so my ideal weight is somewhere in the 150s. I had to take action.
It was at this point that I decided to give Soylent another try. However, there was no way I was going to order the official version. It turns out that you can make your own from one of many open source recipes. I went with the People Chow Plus version.
Resets are good
People make all kinds of crazy claims about what Soylent did for them, but my expectations are low. I don’t think that it will do much besides make me lust for real food. However, after my pizza/cheeseburger/donut diet in Chicago, I need a reset. Five days of People Chow Plus and then it’s back to mostly vegetables with some fish, chicken and an occasional pizza slice thrown in on Fridays.
Blow up your comfort zone
On a greater level, I think it’s important that we push our comfort zone every day. Whether it’s trying to write code in a new language or doing push-ups until your pectorals scream, the only way we really get better and learn about ourselves is to push into uncharted territory.
For the next 5 days, starting today, I’ll be living on nothing but by DIY Soylent and posting about it every evening. Some of the questions that I have are:
- Will it taste disgusting? (Who am I kidding, of course it will.)
- Will I lose weight?
- How will I feel, mentally and physically?
- Will I be hungry?
- Will I be able to resist normal food?
- Will I want to do it again?
- I have workouts scheduled for today (Monday) and Thursday. How will I feel doing pushups and running? How will my body recover?
- I suck at sleeping. On some days, it takes me hours to fall asleep. Will this diet help?
- What will it be like to eat normal food after a week on this slop?
- Will I be able to get Mrs. 1500 to try it? She has voiced strong opposition.
- And last, but certainly not least, how will it affect my #2s. I know, too much information. For the sake of transparency, I must.
- Sunday before bed: 168.2
- Monday morning: 166.8
Wish me luck! Good-bye normal food until Saturday.
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