The “Honeymoon” Phase of #JuliaRoberts2015

Getting married has honestly been one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done. The idea of committing ones-self to only one other person for the rest of your life seems like the kind of thing that would be terrifying, but so far I have been completely fine with it.

“The One Where They Got Married” #juliaroberts2015
Posted by Jacquie Watkins on Saturday, July 25, 2015

Even though the day-to-day events of Julia’s and my life since we got married are basically unchanged (finalizing wedding stuff obviously notwithstanding), everything feels very different. Getting home and seeing Julia’s beautiful, smiling face is that much nicer, going and running errands as she recovers from her excellent party on Saturday feels like no effort at all. I know we’re still fully in the “honeymoon” phase of the marriage, but I think we are both acutely aware of the fact that this is going to take work. More importantly, Julia and I should easily be able to put aside our minor squabbles and disagreements, and focus on what really matters, our life together and our mutual happiness.

We are still fully entrenched in post-wedding business, like writing thank yous to everybody who was SO generous this past week, with their time and with their love, and our friends and family have proven to us just how much they care about our future together. I can’t wait to get started!

At what point do we change #JuliaRoberts2015 to #JuliaRobertsForever?

Day 2 Of My Soylent Adventure

For some context, yesterday was the first day I tried the futuristic food product called Soylent. It is a food product, not a supplement, so you can survive off this stuff. You can check out my experiences on Day 1 right here, and below, you’ll find my thoughts and feelings, and calorie math about Day 2.

9:30 PM Thurs.: I probably ate a little more today than I would have, but I have also been really active this week. I definitely feel like Soylent has helped my appetite quite a bit, but we’ll see what tomorrow brings. In 2 days, I got a little under half my calories from Soylent, and I have used a little under 1 pouch.

See you tomorrow!

2:45 PM Thurs.: Getting a little bit hungry again. I might be done for the day with Soylent, I’ll probably have some solid food when I get home. Nothing against the liquid diet in particular, but it is going to take some getting used to. We also have groceries at home that need eating, so I have to consider that.

1:15 PM Thurs.: Lunch was good, although I think I need more water again. I’m definitely not hungry despite the relatively small calorie intake. One issue that seems to keep coming up in these 1.5 scoop batches is that I end up not being able to mix the powder in completely. I’m going to try to address this by mixing a little bit of hot water with the powder first, hopefully dissolving more before topping the mixture up with cold water, which they recommend to improve the taste. I haven’t had any of this stuff at home yet, but I think a blender would make this whole process a lot easier.

Anyhow, now that I’m done with lunch I probably won’t be eating again for a while. I’ll leave you with some Soylent-related reading to do if you have any weird questions or concerns about the nutritional value. I’m not saying take their word for it, I’m just saying they’ve looked into many things and work with nutritional experts to formulate this food. Check it all out here:

12:15 PM Thurs.: I’m going to be having another ~1.5 scoops, bringing me to ~750 calories plus cereal for the day so far. It’s noon and I’ve had very little food today but I feel fine (other than being a little hungry). I would attribute this more to being very aware of what I’m eating and that I’m not eating very often than to Soylent in particular, but it’s still interesting. When you know “exactly” how many calories you’re ingesting, it’s a lot easier to look at food and think “that’s way too much”.

11:15 AM Thurs.: Doing fine, I’m sure I can make it to lunch today. I decided I should answer of the questions everybody asks, “What is Soylent?”. I’m surprised you haven’t all already heard of it, but to answer the question, I’m just going to tell you what’s IN Soylent…this is from their website, and it tells you what you’ll get in every serving (2 scoops) of Soylent. Basically, it’s everything your body needs to sustain itself. See for yourself below, or on their website!

Click to enlarge. Complete nutrition facts available here.

10:00 AM Thurs.: About to go into a meeting, headache has subsided, so I guess the calories have helped 🙂 . Goooooooo Soylent!

9:00 AM Thurs.: Downed an ice cold 1.5 scoops of delicious Soylent this morning. I think adding just a little more water will help me mix things up a little better, but I have also taken to just swishing some water around at the end of the “meal” to clean the bottle and get any bits that might be stuck to the bottom of the bottle.

I’m a little concerned about hunger today because I still have a bit of a headache, and I don’t have any food with me. But I’m going to do my best to keep hydrated, we’ll see if I can last another 3 hours until lunch on only about 500 calories, but it will be tough.

7:46 AM Thursday: It’s a lovely morning. I had some more cereal (another smaller portion today). I brought another pouch with me on the bike again, although I might not get to it because I still have quite a bit of pouch #1 from yesterday. I’m feeling pretty hungry already, but I think I’ll get to preparing my first portion around 8:30 again. This time, I’m going to put extra effort into getting it mixed up really well. I’m going to try to give you guys some interesting facts about Soylent throughout the day, so stay tuned for that!

Soylent Adventure: Day 1 (Wednesday)

Here’s Day 2!

I’ll be doing this in live-blog format, keeping things updated throughout the day. The day starts at the bottom and new stuff will show up right below this sentence. Times are in EDT.

9:30 PM Wed.: OK, I’m home after a day of Soylent. I had approximately 2/3 of the first pouch over the course of the day, totalling about 1000-1300 calories if I had to estimate (I don’t actually know how much is left, it could be closer to 1/2). I had dinner and a beer out, along with my morning cereal as well, so I think I’m at about 2000 calories for the day, and I feel very full. If calorie calculators are even remotely accurate, I normally get about 3000 calories on a given day, so this would be a big drop. I’ll have to see if I can keep up this pace and hunger levels, but I’m hopeful.

I’m not hungry right now, and though weight loss isn’t the primary goal of this experiment, I wouldn’t be opposed to getting out of the “overweight” designation on the BMI scale. That being said, preparation was SUPER simple, and with Nick’s amazing funnel suggestion this is an extremely sustainable amount of lunch prep.

Anyhow, I will continue this story in a new post tomorrow, although I will probably provide fewer updates because I don’t feel the need to duplicate things I said today.

Goodnight all, thanks for following my story!

5:20 PM Wed.: I may update one more time before bed, but for now, I think I’m done with Soylent for the day. I feel fine, despite having eaten far fewer calories than I would have otherwise today. I’m going out for dinner to get the rest of my calories, but I don’t feel so hungry that I feel like I’ll need a huge dinner…soooooo tentative success…but we’ll see how I feel later tonight and tomorrow!

4:00 PM Wed.: I feel much better having chugged half a bottle of water, and working through 1.5 more scoops. Headache has mostly subsided, and although I didn’t go all out in mixing this one (it would be very loud at work), it’s still quite good to taste. Still feels very different compared to my normal day, but it doesn’t stand out as bad.

3:15 PM Wed.: Still really hungry. I’m going to be having more soon, probably 1-1.5 more scoops so I can last until 6:30 dinner. Trying to drink as much water as possible too.

2:30 PM Wed.: I’m feeling hungry much earlier than I would have on a regular day, which makes complete sense because I’m having way less food than I normally do by 2 PM. I did some calculations to figure out calorie requirements for a person like me. If I can stick to ~2000 calories a day, I could lose 5-10 pounds in the next month. The important distinction is going to be working through my feelings of hunger that come up throughout the day even though I’m not hungry. I’m also going to focus on drinking lots of water this afternoon, because they recommend adding 1-2 extra litres of water per day to make up for water in your food.

1:45 PM Wed.: I ended up having about 1.5 scoops of Soylent for lunch (about 375 calories), bringing my total for the day to 625 (plus a small bowl of healthy cereal). I am going to aim for another scoop at around 3:30 PM, which will leave me at about 1000 calories from Soylent today. This also gives me about 700-800 calories for dinner tonight to get to the recommended 2000 per day in total (although I think I probably go a little or a lot over that most days). Very happy with my level of hunger so far though.

12:15 PM Wed.: Nick was so right. The make-shift funnel made this a completely mess-free process. Thanks Nick! Looking forward to a nutritious liquid lunch!

Thank you Nick for the great suggestion, the funnel worked great and there’s NO mess.

12:00 PM Wed.: Getting some grumblies as we approach noon. This will be the critical moment for the success of Day 1 I think, if Soylent can replace my regular lunch. I normally eat quite a bit over the course of a work-day, so it remains to be seen if those calories can be effectively replaced by a liquid. Still not perfectly clear on how I should get the powder into my bottle quickly and efficiently, but I’ll be trying +Nick Maddox‘s idea of a make-shift paper funnel this time. Wish me luck, I’ll report back after lunch!

11:15 AM Wed.: Still not super hungry. I’m pretty happy with the way this is going so far. I’ll probably make somewhere between 1-2 servings around lunch time, but I’m pretty happy with how this has gone so far!

10:30 AM Wed.: Check out the video below of the fun time I had mixing up some Soylent. I’m still going strong, not any hungrier than I was an hour ago.

9:15 AM Wed.: I finished the half-serving I made (250 calories; 1 scoop). It was just fine. Headache has abated, though that may just be a coincidence. So far the worst thing about this process has been the small mess I made already and trying to figure out how to not have that happen again next time. I still feel a little hungry, but I think that’s pretty normal and just not something I’m used to with solid food.

The finished product, a little messy but mostly alright.

8:45 AM Wed.: This is messy. It took about 5 minutes from sitting with the stuff to a finished container. The scoop is larger than the mouth of the bottle I’m using, so it took a little spillage to get everything in. The taste is surprisingly reasonable. It’s hard to mix by hand though, at least without drawing a lot of attention to yourself. I took some video making it, I’ll try to put that up today.

8:15 AM Wed.: Starting to get a little headache. I’ve started to notice that since I ate a smaller breakfast I’m hungrier than I would be otherwise.

7:45 AM Wed.: I should mention now that I’m going out for dinner tonight, so I’m not relying on Soylent for ALL my calories on day 1, but it will still be a big part of my food intake today. I’m hoping I can have enough throughout the day so that I don’t have to have a huge meal at dinner.

7:15 AM Wed.: I’m a little hungry, but I’m going to wait a little before I crack the first bag. I hope it tastes good enough that I can drink it through most of the day.

6:30 AM Wednesday: I’m taking a bag (~ 1 day supply) of Soylent with me to work on my bike.

6:00 AM Wednesday: I’m having a bowl of cereal (a small one) to start the day.

Last Night: We’re off to a tough start. I’ve been so excited about this for so long that I’m already getting suggestions from Julia that I should marry Soylent instead. For the record, I don’t want to marry Soylent, but I am excited about the adventure!