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My Year of Eating Like the World Ended – June Food Report

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This month proved to be the best of the experiment so far. Not saying it will be impossible to top it in the final months, but it’s going to be difficult to do. Lots of hard work and lots of focus. Won’t bore you with any rah-rah speeches about it, so let’s just jump in and look at the particulars.

Daily Food Dairy for June 2019

A Stack of Pancakes

Sat, 06.01.2019

Meal

Food Eaten

Calories

Breakfast

2 servings of regular oatmeal

360

Lunch

Eggs and pancakes!

500

Dinner

Can of beef stew

640

Others

Half Coffee

150

Total Calories

1650

Got up early and got the day started by doing my trade stuff. Delivered broken down pallets and took delivery of my monthly goodies. I don’t really need the venison, since I’ve got a TON of that in the freezer, but what the hell. If I need something else, I’ve got plenty of trading stock. REALLY hating the regular oatmeal. Will be glad when it’s gone. Working on a big writing piece today, so sadly, nothing got invoiced. I don’t like seeing zeroes on my daily scorecard, especially not right at the beginning. Nose down. Need a stellar month.

Sun, 06.02.2019

Meal

Food Eaten

Calories

Breakfast

More of that nasty regular oatmeal (double serving)

360

Lunch

Tomato soup and two grilled cheese

510

Dinner

Can of chicken noodle soup – ice cream for dessert!

900

Others

Half Coffee

150

Total Calories

1920

I think I’m beginning to understand why I’m not struggling as much with the isolation. Now that I can make comfort food (ice cream), I’m noticing that I’m relying on it more as a kind of surrogate for human contact. That’s not helping my weight, but at least I’m not losing my mind. Not sure what to do about that in the longer term though. The good news is, the experiment will come to an end in a couple more months. Guess I’ll just try to be mindful of it between now and then. Will ponder that. With a milkshake in hand, of course. LOL

Strong writing day. Actually got some stuff on the board and continuing to work on the first of several big pieces this month.

Mon, 06.03.2019

Meal

Food Eaten

Calories

Breakfast

Eggs and venison for breakfast!

600

Lunch

Can of chicken noodle soup

500

Dinner

Can of chili

640

Others

Half Coffee

150

Total Calories

1890

GRRR. I’m getting intensely frustrated by my little robo vac, Harvey. He just doesn’t have a strong enough motor to handle the carpet and all the cat hair. Will have to break out the big vac to do the bedroom and move him into the living room where he can do the hardwoods and venture into the kitchen. At least that way, I won’t have to go rescue him every five minutes. Another strong writing day. Good sign.

Tues, 06.04.2019

Meal

Food Eaten

Calories

Breakfast

Two servings of oatmeal

360

Lunch

Last of the eggs and more pancakes (update: nope! Got more eggs today!)

500

Dinner

Venison and veggies!

900

Others

Half Coffee

150

Total Calories

1910

A package arrived today. From my mom. My Christmas box. Stale cookies, some hard candy that was all fused together. A solid brick of Whoppers (threw that and the cookies out). And…a carton of smokes. I think my mom is actively trying to kill me. I called her and thanked her for the ‘care package.’ My first thought was to trade the cigarettes – that’s good trade fodder! But now that I see them sitting there on the coffee table, I really want one. Ultimately decided to keep five packs and trade five. Got another gallon of milk (freezer), two big wheels of cheese, two dozen eggs and a partial bag of brown sugar. That’s good because I was almost out. I’ll take it. And have a smoke. I know – bad for me. Sue me. I’m isolated as hell and trying to find new ways to distract myself. Even allowing myself time to unpack my ‘Christmas Box’ and talk to my mom on the phone, I still got a ton done today. Go me!

Wed, 06.05.2019

Meal

Food Eaten

Calories

Breakfast

Two servings of boring oatmeal, spruced up with some brown sugar (yay!)

360

Lunch

Tomato soup and grilled cheese

510

Dinner

Can of chili

640

Others

Half Coffee

150

Total Calories

1660

Writing. Bot-vacuuming, and music, courtesy of Elizabeth, my trusty Google Home Mini. I love robots. They’re not as good as human companions, but between them and my cats, I don’t feel totally alone. Kicking ass in the writing department too. Put that big job on the board today and a couple of smaller ones besides. Starting the next big piece tomorrow. I know I haven’t been talking a lot about financial stuff here, but the cost of the freeze dried foods to start the experiment, new tires last month, hospital visits courtesy of the nasty spider bites way back at the beginning…I’ve managed to rack up an impressive collection of debt. I don’t like it. This month, I'ma knock the crap out of it. Debt is centered on three credit cards and one loan I took out for the hospital bill. The loan dies this month. That’s the plan. Onward!

Thurs, 06.06.2019

Meal

Food Eaten

Calories

Breakfast

Boring oatmeal. Again. Two servings. Again.

360

Lunch

2 servings of white bean and lime chili

1080

Dinner

2 servings of white bean and lime chili

1080

Others

Half Coffee

150

Total Calories

2670

Up early again. Thawed out some venison, broke out the crock pot and dumped a bag of the white bean chili into it (freeze dried stocks), along with two cans of my chili. When the venison was thawed enough to cut, I added it to the pot too. That white bean chili isn’t my favorite but add enough stuff to it and it’s not so bad. The two cans of chili added will stretch it to seven servings.

Spent the whole rest of the day smelling slow-cooking chili and writing my fingers off. They really HURT now, at the end of another super long writing day. Getting old isn’t for the faint of heart!

My Year of Eating Like the World Ended – June Food Report

Fri, 06.07.2019

Meal

Food Eaten

Calories

Breakfast

Veg and Cheese omelet and pancakes

700

Lunch

1 serving of white bean chili stuff

540

Dinner

2 servings of white bean chili

1080

Others

Half Coffee

150

Total Calories

2470

Another awesome writing day. Feeling like I’m hitting stride, though I am having to massage the hell out of my hands a lot. Doesn’t matter. I have a clearly defined goal in my head now and I am GOING to achieve it. Took regular short breaks to rest my hands and eat. Movies today, rather than Google Home music. Between assignments I did some robot vac research. Big improvements since I got Harvey. 10x the suction on some, and even a few models that are compatible with Google Home. I like it, but they’re expensive. Putting the acquisition of another one on the back burner. Will just use the big vac for the time being. Still, when I get the farm – oh yeah. That’s happening.

Sat, 06.08.2019

Meal

Food Eaten

Calories

Breakfast

2 servings of oatmeal w/ brown sugar added

360

Lunch

2 servings of white bean chili

1080

Dinner

Last of the current batch of ice cream

500

Others

Half Coffee

150

Total Calories

2090

Boring day. Nothing but writing. Still. That’s the only way I know to move the needle, so…I’m doing it. Finished off the chili. Took the time to wash the crock pot. Didn’t wanna, but also didn’t want it sitting in the sink staring at me for days. Bleh.

French Toast in cast iron pan

Sun, 06.09.2019

Meal

Food Eaten

Calories

Breakfast

French toast!

560

Lunch

Can of chicken noodle soup

500

Dinner

Can of chicken noodle soup

500

Others

Half Coffee

150

Total Calories

1710

Got another big job on the board today. Man – I’m feeling it. This is the exact opposite of that long period where the Muse and I were fighting. We’re working together this month like a well-oiled machine. I feel like I’m the Terminator of writing…whooohoo! Hasta la vista, baby! Going to get some shut eye and massage the feeling back into my fingers so I can do it again tomorrow. Oh, I experimented with French toast for breakfast – HUGE success. Will be doing more of that. Love it, and it breaks up the nasty regular oatmeal.

Mon, 06.10.2019

Meal

Food Eaten

Calories

Breakfast

2 servings of boring oatmeal with brown sugar

360

Lunch

Can of beef stew

640

Dinner

Can of split pea soup

360

Others

Half Coffee

150

Total Calories

1510

Not as good a day. Good music and Patches rode around on Harvey again, which was entertaining, but my hands are suffering. Made today a lighter day and soaked them. Massaged some arthritis cream into them before bed. Here’s hoping they’re in better shape tomorrow. The Muse isn’t the problem. She’s ready to rock. My body (and my hands in particular) just aren’t up to the task today. Disappointing.

Tues, 06.11.2019

Meal

Food Eaten

Calories

Breakfast

2 servings of boring oatmeal

360

Lunch

Steak and veggies

800

Dinner

Can of chicken soup

500

Others

Half Coffee

150

Total Calories

1810

Hands a little better today. Back to cheesy horror movies on Amazon. Feeling better about the day’s writing progress. Made the first BIG payment to the loan today. Knocked it about in half. More of that, please.

Wed, 06.12.2019

Meal

Food Eaten

Calories

Breakfast

French Toast

560

Lunch

Can of beef stew

640

Dinner

Can of chili

640

Others

Full Coffee

300

Total Calories

2140

Getting tired. Loving the progress, but it’s taking its toll. Amped up the coffee consumption. I’ve got plenty of trade goods and I need the extra caffeine to keep the pace. Onward.

Thurs, 06.13.2019

Meal

Food Eaten

Calories

Breakfast

2 servings of boring oatmeal and brown sugar

360

Lunch

One can of split pea soup

360

Dinner

2 grilled cheese and freeze-dried tomato soup

560

Others

Full Coffee

300

Total Calories

1580

Slow and steady wins the race. I fell short of being spectacular, but…meh. I’ll take it. Still managed to get some stuff on the board. Made some more ice cream and smoked a few cigarettes. Back into the habit of having one if I get hung up on the writing. Probably a bad idea…okay, it’s definitely a bad idea, but…don’t care. Doin’ it. Going to enjoy them while I’ve got them.

Fri, 06.14.2019

Meal

Food Eaten

Calories

Breakfast

French Toast

560

Lunch

Can of ravioli

640

Dinner

Can of ravioli

640

Others

Full Coffee

300

Total Calories

2140

Got my groove back a little bit today. Some pretty good scary movies, including one that was so bad I actually had to stop writing to watch and even run it back a bit. In spite of that distraction, I got a lot done today. Milkshake for breakfast tomorrow!

Sat, 06.15.2019

Meal

Food Eaten

Calories

Breakfast

Milkshake

500

Lunch

Can of chicken soup

500

Dinner

Venison and veggies

900

Others

Full Coffee

300

Total Calories

2200

Second big payment on the loan. It’s GOING to die this month. With that thought in my head, I got a bunch done again today.

Dried Oatmeal

Sun, 06.16.2019

Meal

Food Eaten

Calories

Breakfast

2 servings of bland oatmeal, spiced up with a bit of brown sugar

360

Lunch

Can of ravioli

640

Dinner

2 servings of mac and cheese and chops

1080

Others

Full Coffee

300

Total Calories

2380

Mac and cheese and pork chops in the crock pot today. Let it simmer while I jammed at the keyboard. Hurt my hands by the end, but pushed another big project across the finish line.

Mon, 06.17.2019

Meal

Food Eaten

Calories

Breakfast

French Toast

540

Lunch

Milkshake

500

Dinner

2 servings of mac and cheese and chops

1080

Others

Full Coffee

300

Total Calories

2420

Steady as she goes. The days are kinda starting to blend together now. I’m basically spending every waking moment in front of the keyboard. Did take some time out to do laundry. Almost out of clothes. I hate laundry. But it did get me out of the chair once in a while today.

Tues, 06.18.2019

Meal

Food Eaten

Calories

Breakfast

2 servings of apple oatmeal

360

Lunch

Can of split pea soup

360

Dinner

Steak dinner with all the trimmings. Ice cream for dessert

1550

Others

Full Coffee

300

Total Calories

2570

More of the same. Rainy today. Power flickered but didn’t go out. Pressed pause on the writing long enough to transfer all my stuff to my one drive account so Office will auto save it. I do NOT want to lose a bunch of content and have to re-create. Took about an hour to transfer my entire freelance writing history across, but I consider it time well spent. Now, I can access all my files from anywhere. Not that I go anywhere, but still. I might. One day. After the experiment.

Wed, 06.19.2019

Meal

Food Eaten

Calories

Breakfast

2 servings of strawberry oatmeal

360

Lunch

Last of the mac and cheese

540

Dinner

French Toast

560

Others

Full Coffee

300

Total Calories

1760

Had to take a break from the blah oatmeal. My taste buds are thanking me for it. My hands, though, are cursing my name. And I’m cursing them right back. Had to stop early tonight. They look like claws and I can’t straighten my fingers. Need to find a better solution than that cream that doesn’t half work. Later. After the experiment.

Thurs, 06.20.2019

Meal

Food Eaten

Calories

Breakfast

2 servings of blah oatmeal

360

Lunch

Can of chicken noodle soup with ice cream a bit later

900

Dinner

Can of split pea soup

360

Others

Full Coffee

300

Total Calories

1920

Ouch. Tough slog today. Kept going mostly because I’m stubborn like that. I will not stop. Not till that freaking loan is dead. Tired of it being in my life. Slowing me down.

Fri, 06.21.2019

Meal

Food Eaten

Calories

Breakfast

2 servings of boring oatmeal

360

Lunch

Can of chicken soup

500

Dinner

Can of chicken soup

500

Others

Full Coffee

300

Total Calories

1660

Okay – took a breather. Didn’t get on the computer at all much. Just lounged around under the AC (hot day!) and read. Listened to music and more importantly, resting my hands. Nothing on the board today but I figure that if I don’t give them a break, they’ll fail me big time. So much for not stopping. LOL – I suck. Nahhh, not really. Needed a break. Hoping it pays off with greater productivity in the days ahead. Freaked the cats out tho. They’ve gotten used to the rhythm of the day. They were hovering nervously, checking in constantly. Good kitties.

A Cup of Black Coffee

Sat, 06.22.2019

Meal

Food Eaten

Calories

Breakfast

Two servings of multigrain cereal

360

Lunch

Can of ravioli

640

Dinner

French Toast

700

Others

Full Coffee

300

Total Calories

2000

And back to full steam. Hands needed that day off. It was a good call and the Muse gave them a good workout today. The good thing though, was that I didn’t feel like crying by the time I was done for the day. I’m calling that a win. Onward!

Sun, 06.23.2019

Meal

Food Eaten

Calories

Breakfast

Two servings of oatmeal (milkshake earlier)

860

Lunch

French Toast

700

Dinner

2 cans of split pea soup

720

Others

Full Coffee

300

Total Calories

2580

Woke up in the middle of the night craving a milkshake. Had one and then went to bed. Counting the milkshake as part of breakfast, I guess. Didn’t get as much done today because waking up in the night threw me off stride for a while. Oh well. They can’t all be epic days. Still moved the ball down the field, and that’s what matters.

Mon, 06.24.2019

Meal

Food Eaten

Calories

Breakfast

More boring oatmeal

360

Lunch

Can of split pea soup

360

Dinner

Ice cream, followed by a venison and veg dinner

1400

Others

Full Coffee

300

Total Calories

2420

Another big assignment nailed down. On fire this month, and when the money hits the account, I’ll have enough to put the final nail in the coffin of that damned loan. Mission accomplished. I could coast for the rest of the month, but I’m not going to. While I’ve got momentum, I'ma take full advantage of it. If my hands give out or my Muse decides to take another vacation, I need a cushion.

Tues, 06.25.2019

Meal

Food Eaten

Calories

Breakfast

French Toast

700

Lunch

Can of chicken noodle soup

500

Dinner

Can of chili

640

Others

Full Coffee

300

Total Calories

2140

Spent yet another day banging the keys. Patches had to remind me to go to bed sometime after one. Making notes here and face planting. UGH. I’m beat.

Wed, 06.26.2019

Meal

Food Eaten

Calories

Breakfast

Eggs and Pancakes

650

Lunch

Ice cream (last of) and split pea soup later

860

Dinner

Pork chops

500

Others

Full Coffee

300

Total Calories

2310

Slowed down some today. Still put a couple things on the board but God I’m tired. Gonna knock off early. It’s a little after 9 as I’m writing this. I expect I’ll be asleep before ten. Good. Must sleep.

Thurs, 06.27.2019

Meal

Food Eaten

Calories

Breakfast

2 servings of blah oatmeal

360

Lunch

2 grilled cheese and some freeze-dried tomato soup

560

Dinner

Can of ravioli

640

Others

Full Coffee

300

Total Calories

1860

Money hit the account. Loan for spider misadventure hospital stay is officially off the books. That took way longer than I had hoped it would, but mission accomplished. Will claw my way to the end of the month and set a new target for next. I seem to do well with a clearly defined target. Gonna use that.

Fri, 06.28.2019

Meal

Food Eaten

Calories

Breakfast

2 servings of strawberry oatmeal

360

Lunch

2 servings of apple oatmeal

360

Dinner

Can of chicken soup

500

Others

Full Coffee

300

Total Calories

1520

Took part of the morning away from the writing to break down pallets for next month. Want to get it done so I can trade right away. Medium writing day but I don’t care. I accomplished the big goal for the month, and I needed a break from the writing desk.

Sat, 06.29.2019

Meal

Food Eaten

Calories

Breakfast

2 servings of multigrain cereal

360

Lunch

Can of chicken noodle soup

500

Dinner

Can of split pea soup

360

Others

Full Coffee

300

Total Calories

1520

Making another batch of ice cream. Chocolate. Will probably be a bit gritty because I’m using that powdered stuff, but…I don’t care. Another so-so writing day, but plenty of music and cat entertainment (jack got brave and had an epic battle with Harvey when the robot ventured too near to the food bowl…lol. I know, it’s pathetic, but YOU try being a hermit for a year!)

Sun, 06.30.2019

Meal

Food Eaten

Calories

Breakfast

2 servings of boring oatmeal and brown sugar

360

Lunch

2 grilled cheese and freeze-dried tomato soup

560

Dinner

Can of beef stew

640

Others

Full Coffee

300

Total Calories

1860

Ended the month on an up note. Got a few of my regular, standing assignments in a couple days early and got started on them today. I’ll take it. In looking at the final numbers for the month, this was my second-best month since I started keeping stats. That’s good. It was a grind, but I accomplished a big, important personal goal. Going to say that’s a solid win.

End of Month Summary

Well, I’m tired. And although I have been enjoying this experiment, I’d be lying if I said anything other than I’m super glad that there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. It’s not the food. Hell, I like most of the food although next time, when I rebuild my stocks, I’ll make damned sure to build in more variety, but…this is hard.

I hope that at least one person out there will read this and draw lessons from it, rather than following down this path on their own because honestly, it kinda sucks. Don’t isolate yourself. Don’t choose to be a hermit for a whole year.

I don’t even like people all that much, and this experiment has proven to be too much isolation for me. There have been times when I was pretty close to just throwing in the towel. I finally figured out workarounds for it, but it took months, and there were lots of bad days before I hit stride, so no – I don’t recommend it.

Having said that, I can’t really say I’m sorry I did it though. Learned a lot. About what it would take to live off of a static food supply and about myself as a person. I’m sure there will be more lessons to come, but for now, I’m going to give myself a little congratulatory pat on the back.

Not happy with the weight creep but also, I consider it a fair trade. I’d rather pack on a few pounds during the last couple months of the experiment than lose my mind to isolation. If ice cream helps…so be it. Experiment will be over soon.

Anyway – onward to next month!

Month End Stats


Weight: 340
BP: 144/95

(creeping higher – I’m not amused. Will try to be more careful next month)


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My Year of Eating Like the World Ended – June Food Report was last modified: September 26th, 2019 by Consumer Files