02/7/12
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January Stats – Part I: Drinks

Once again I am doing the food log. I didn’t do it last year. I had another idea I wanted to accomplish but that fell flat. It would’ve been nice if I just did the food log. I have lots of projects I am trying to do this year. The food log seemed like a good idea again. I don’t count calories or look at the portion size. I am doing this for the same reason I did it the first time. I am just curious as to what I eat. Below is what I drank for the first month of this year. I also would like to add that when the year ends, I will tally up the same things I tallied up back in 2010. Be silly to count things and show you a graph and not compare this from 2 years ago. I still don’t know what else I have planned for this project.I am sure I will do a nice update 6 months in. Be patient. Anyway, read on. Here is what I drank in January of 2010 and now here begins the food log  for 01/2012.

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01/6/12
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Cooking For One

It may come to a shock to those that don’t know me but I am single. I know, right? An old chap like me is still sitting at home, twiddling his thumbs looking for escorts singles in my area. I am cool with it. I have no desire to breed or get married. Getting a girlfriend leads to issues about money, how fat she really is, and the annoying question of ‘is she prettier than me‘. Don’t say anything. Even if the gal is hotter, keep you’re mouth closed. Cause once you do, you’ll never get a word in the rest of the night. That my friends. That is why I am single. Plus, do you think a woman will follow my simple rules to being my wife?

Set of Rules 1

Set of Rules 2

So I am a bachelor. I live alone. Living alone has many advantages. I can be messy and have no roommate of female to question it. If I leave a plate in the sink, I’ll get to it when I want to get to it. I am not going to wash it cause you have company coming over. The bed is never mad. The TV is always available for me and never do I have to sit through a crappy show like “Grey’s Anatomy“.  There are endless benefits to being a single guy. But there is always another side. Where there’s a ying, there is a yang. Folks, here is the biggest issue when you live alone.

Food.

Oh, how I love food. I do. I will eat it up. My blog was going to be all about food but I moved away from that and just talk about whatever comes to mind. I did keep track of what I ate for the year of 2010. I am going to do it again this year. I will log all the food I eat and everything I drink. If you look at it, you’ll notice that I rarely ate at home. It’s just a hard thing to do. It’s hard to cook for one person. You always have left overs. If I feel like it, I will stuff my face full of food and eat every last bit of what I cooked. No worries. I don’t gain weight. I can eat whatever I want. It’s a gift and a curse.  Tonight I made some beef and noodles. It was delicious. You can’t measure servings for one person. I made enough for 4. I ate half. I still have some in the fridge. I’ll eat it tomorrow.

This is the issue I have. This is what I deal with. It was a good meal. I just don’t like having leftovers. I have a weird thing against it. I will eat it. I just prefer food to be hot. To be fresh. To be as fresh as it can be. I rarely have leftover cause I rarely have food in my fridge. I have beer. I have soda. I may have butter and eggs. I got the essentials. I just can’t open my fridge and grab something out to make for dinner. I grab fast food more than anything. I should eat healthier but I probably won’t. My health and eating habits is not what I am talking about here. I just want to let couples and families know that while you struggle with family life, we (the bachelors) have to struggle with making a meal for one. We will never get it down. We’ll always be stuck with a bowl of leftovers in our fridge. If there were only a way to fix this.

12/30/11
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Bucket List 2012

The new year is drawing closer. This year has been nothing special. I did transfers stores. I still live with the zombie, the ghost, and now I live near a witch. I never completed a task I wanted to do this year. But that is okay. I am still writing but not writing enough. I don’t blog as much as I should. I wish I could go on say how this year was fantastic and I accomplished much but I didn’t. It was a boring year and with 2012 only a few days away, I am hoping to complete things I said I would. I even have some goals I would like to make. Below are some goals I have for 2012. It’s my bucket list of things to complete before 2013 arrives or if the Mayan’s are right about the end of the world, then I have till only December 21st to finish it. We survived the rapture once, we won’t do it again.

1) Write More.

If you read this blog or if you know me, then you probably know that I like to write. I am currently writing 2 stories at the moment and have 2 more on the back burner. They are all pretty good stories. I like to think all my stories are good. Even my book, Eden, was fantastic. It was finished many years ago but I never did anything with it. It needs to be heavily edited and tinkered with some. I still am pretty bothered by the ending but if I ever go back to it, I’ll revise it. You can read some of the book here or here.

Today, I had a fantastic idea about my current stories I am writing. None of the stories are about monsters or things that are made up. Each one is about the dark side of people and the scary things people deal with every day. I am writing 2 at the moment. I write one while I sit on break and the other is written at home. I thought today about having all these stories intertwine. Why not have people from one story show up in the other and vice versa? The only thing I have to fix in the story I am writing at home, is change the main characters name and add a few side stories about people from the story I a writing at work. I hope this isn’t confusing. I know this had been done before but I have never done it. I think this will be an excellent idea. It will be a great way for me to publish my work. Which leads me into my next item on my list.

2)Publish Something I Have Written.

With the idea I have about my current stories, this will be a fantastic way to try and sell more than just one story. I have been thinking about going the route of doing an ebook. I can sell it for about a dollar or two. I still have yet to think about a price but since I am not a famous writer, no one is going to run to amazon to buy my book. Sell it cheap. Why? Cause the first ebook I sell will have a few stories in it, plus one of the four I am planning on writing. You’ll  need to pick up the next ebook to see what happens next. That’s pure genius. I have plenty of stories I can send off places. There are a few on my site you can read. Even some poems you’re welcome to enjoy. Check them out here and let me know what you think of them.

Poem 1 Poem 2 Poem 3  Poem 4    Poem 5

3)Promotion.

I am still doing the same think I have been doing for 17 years. I am at a new store and getting in the training program to be a manager. Will it happen? I hope so. I just don’t know when. I would like it to be sometime next year. It’s time for me to stop playing second fiddle and be the man in charge. This promotion can and probably take me elsewhere. I don’t mind that. I am ready to move on. Believe me. After all the crap I went through a year earlier, I will take anything.

4)Move To A New State.

I have been saying this for years but I always seem to never go for it. Guess I like knowing that I am safe and aware of my surroundings. Packing up and moving is a scary thing. You’re in a new place and don’t know anyone. You have to relearn everything and find doctor’s, gas stations, places to eat, etc… But it’s something I want. If I was to ever get promoted and become a manager, I will be on the look out for a new city. I would even look for a new state. Being the new guy is nice. You can be whoever you want and no one would be the wiser. I tried that though. I tried that at my new store but I can’t be something I am not. I stuck with being the funny, everybody’s friend kind of guy. Still, the company I am at, everybody knows everybody.

5)Not To Die.

I am sure this is everyone’s list. My health is fine. Aside from my constant panic attacks and the smoking, I think I am doing pretty well. I just rather not die. If I do die, I want to kick some zombie ass. That would be nice.

6)Be Healthy.

If I don’t die, then being healthy is the way to go. I bought a bike a while ago but when I tried the first time to be healthy, all these problems started to happen. Now, I feel like I should go back and give it one more try. I want to quit smoking. I am aiming for the first of the year. I want to start riding my bike, and maybe follow in the steps of my sister and brother and try running. If I want to run or bike, I will need to stop smoking first. We’ll see on that one. I still suffer from the panic attacks which for a while, seemed to go away. I thought maybe it was work related. Eventually, the horrible feeling of dying came back. I am not going to the doctors. I rather not be medicated for the rest of my life. Guess the only one to blame about these attacks and letting them continue is my own fault. It’s not even the attacks that are affecting me now. I have been getting arthritis in my right hand. It comes and goes. Like the panic attacks, it’s another issue  I deal with. Not getting meds for that either. With all this crap slowing killing me, I wonder if I will ever go back to normal. I guess I can start with quitting smoking. Like I said, we’ll see if that happens.

7)Do Another Food/Drink Log For 2012.

I did it once already and know I can do it again. I still find myself snacking for too much. That isn’t an issue. I don’t gain weight. I can eat all I want and not worry about looking like a whale on the beach. I did the log last time for my own amusement. I am not looking into seeing if I should eat better. I already know I should. I won’t ever do that. Unless eating better means being healthier, then I guess I will have to start eating right. But who wants to take away those little things in life that make me happy? I will never stop eating junk food or stop off at fast food joints. I am too lazy to cook. Someone else can do it for me. Even if that person is some 14 year old, acne ridden kid just looking for some cash.

8)Survive The Zombie Apocalypse.

When 2012 happens, the world will end. We know that. When it does, we’ll be waging a war against zombies. I have plans to survive. I better survive. I can’t fire a gun but I know enough to last a while when they do rise and feast on our loved ones. Watch some zombie movies and you have your own guide to fend off the undead and help repopulate a world that is nothing but a giant wasteland.

9)Get Married And Have Kids.

Just kidding. I actually plan on avoiding this again. I don’t need a wife. I don’t need kids. I am sure I can do it. This is always on my list and I always seem to get this one checked off. 

 

There aren’t many things on my list. I am sure during the coming year, I’ll think of something I want to accomplish. I am not looking for  fame or fortune. Both be nice but I just want to complete the things I have listed above. I want to write more. I want to publish something. I want to get away from this state and go somewhere else. It all depends on my job and what and where it will lead me. I will go far. I will check off the items on this list. These are my goals for the year. I just have to get my act together and let myself know that I can do it and to stop looking at a glass half empty. 

 

01/1/11
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Food Log: The Results

Now, I didn’t log it all. I could but that will be a job I don’t want to take one. I did however, log and tally up some of the items I feel I indulged in more than anything. You’re welcome to go back to each month and add up what I ate or drank. I am very proud of myself for keeping at this project. There were a few people who assumed I would give up after a few months. Others said six months. But I showed them. I did it every day. I logged 365 days of food and drinks.

Do I think I will ever change my eating habits? No. I doubt I will. I mean, I do look at some of that stats and get bothered by the amount of soda or alcohol I drank. It’s a high number. I am sure there are other people who drink far more than I do. I am not saying I drink more than you or more than Bill W. I just looked at the three digit number and was a little sick to my stomach. But what do I do? I sit here and nurse a beer. It’ll never end. I will never change my eating habits. I snack too much. I drink too much. Maybe when I resemble a beached whale, I’ll cut back and then start watching what I eat. But while I have this great metabolism, I will eat and drink whatever I want.

When this gets posted, It’ll be the new year. I will not continue this project. This was a one year thing. If anything, I’ll probably eat and drink close to the same thing. It was a long and difficult job to take on. I am happy that I did it. I cannot give you a real purpose as to why I did it but that I was curious about what I eat and how much I eat of it. Below is a chart of some of the drinks and food I ate throughout the year.


Thank you for reading. Happy New Year!


01/1/11
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December Stats – Part II: Food

Like previous mentioned, this is the last entry to what I ate during the year of 2010. Even thinking that maybe I was going to eat better the last month, I didn’t. I ate the same crap. The only thing that is different is I didn’t get very much fast food. I guess I was watching my weight. Not that my weight is a problem. I’ll never have a problem with my weight. I am blessed. Women are jealous. Yeah, suck one.

Let’s take a look at the food I consumed during the month of December.

Cookies:

I had a total of 34 cookies this month. It’s Christmas. Someone is always baking cookies and treats around this time. I do love me some cookies. To break it down more,

  • 12 of these were M&M cookies.
  • 3 of these were Peanut Blossoms.
  • 1 was a gingerbread cookie.
  • 2 were sugar cookies.
  • 2 were peanut butter cookies.
  • 10 were chocolate chip cookies.
  • 4 were snickerdoodles.

Other Random Sugary Goodness:

Normally I would have a section just for donuts but for some odd reason, I only ate 1 donut. With that being an odd happening, I am grouping all the goodies I ate throughout the month in one section. It’s nothing shocking. It’s just easier to do this than separate them in all different sections.

  • 1 Chocolate Cup Cake.
  • 1 Mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup.
  • 1 Maple Cinnamon Roll.
  • 1 Handful of Chocolate Covered Raisins.
  • 2 Single Chocolate Covered Fruits (package just said fruit…nothing specific)
  • 6 Peanut Butter Jam Bars.
  • 2 Peanut Butter Balls.
  • 2 Swiss Chocolate Candies.
  • 1 Cinnamon Raisin Bagel.
  • 2 Fruit Bars.
    • 1 Blueberry flavored.
    • 1 Strawberry flavored.
  • 2 Fun Size Bags of Skittles.
  • 1 Butterfinger.
  • 2 Hostess Cherry Pies.
  • 1 Caramello Candy Bar.

Dining Out:

While I didn’t dine out very much this month, I still did it. I am a single guy. I live alone. You try cooking for one person. It’s damn near impossible. When I do cook, I have so much left over, I am eating it for days. This is probably why I don’t cook much at home. I know I complain that I cook all day at work but it’s really the fact of trying to cook for one person. I am not cool with left overs. I like to cook something fresh.  Oh, well. To the list.

  • I had a total of 8 Pizza Street pizza slices during 2 visits. Breaking it down…
    • 3 slices of alfredo pizza.
    • 2 slices of pepperoni pizza.
    • 1 slice of canadian bacon and pineapple pizza.
    • 1 baked potato pizza.
    • 1 taco pizza.
  • Made a visit to a Mexican restaurant. I had,
    • 1 Chicken Enchilada.
    • 1 side of spanish rice.
    • chips and salsa.
  • 2 Double Quarter Pounder with Cheese Sandwiches.
  • 2 Double Cheeseburgers.
    • I said no pickles. They heard me say, ‘extra pickles’.
  • 1 trip to Popeye’s (2 legs, 1 thigh)
    • mashed potatoes and gravy
    • biscuit
  • 4 visits to Bob Evans.
    • 8 eggs over easy
    • 12 pieces of bacon
    • 8 pancakes with syrup
    • 4 orders of white toast
  • 1 20 piece Chicken Nuggets (4 sweet and sour sauces)
  • 1 10 piece Chicken Nugget (1 BBQ sauce, 1 Sweet and Sour sauce)
  • Friend made me dinner then got me drunk. Thank you.
    • penne pasta in alfredo sauce and chicken.
    • side of broccoli.
    • breadstick.
  • 2 Bowls of my moms home made chili.
    • side of saltine crackers.

Eating At Home:

This is the list of things I ate at home. Cooking at home is a tough job. If I was married (HA), it wouldn’t be such a challenge. But being only me, it’s a tough task to manage. You’ll notice that some items I ate are quite high. Leftovers, baby. Lots of leftovers.

  • Bowl of Chili Macaroni.
    • side of saltine crackers.
  • 4 bowls of Home made chicken noodle soup.
    • 4 sides of saltine crackers.
    • 2 sides of mashed potatoes.
  • 2 plates of Spaghetti and Meat Sauce.
    • 8 slices of white bread.
  • 4 bags of Chicken Ramen Noodle Soup.
  • Bowl of Egg Noodles.
  • 3 Tostino’s Pizzas.
    • 1 cheese pizza.
    • 2 pepperoni pizza.
  • 14 Sloppy Joes.
    • I’ll tell ya. A pound of meat goes a long way!
  • 8 Beef Hot Dog
  • 1 Box of Kraft Macaroni and Cheese.
  • 20 Valerian Root Pills.

Christmas Desserts At Brother’s House:

While we didn’t do a traditional Christmas Dinner, we did get together and just chatted. My brother and his wife had desserts out for us to munch on. Not all desserts but still. Just a simple gathering where we focused on just the kids.

  • 1 Mini Strawberry Cheesecake.
  • Peanut Butter Cookie Bar.
  • Crackers with Dip.
    • Spicy Cheese Dip.
    • Jalapeno Dip.
  • 3 Slices of Salami.
  • Handful of pretzels.

Eating At Work:

  • 19 Slices of Pizza.
    • 3 slices of Pepperoni Pizza.
    • 2 slices of Italian Sausage Pizza.
    • 6 slices of Canadian Bacon and Pineapple Pizza.
    • 2 slices of Buffalo Chicken Pizza.
    • 6 slices of Cheese Pizza.
  • 1 Chicken Burrito (beans, rice, cheese, chicken, hot salsa)
    • side of corn.
    • side of spanish rice.
  • Chicken Strip Wrap
  • 3 Medium Spicy Beef Lo Mein (no vegetables, no oyster sauce)
  • 2 1/2 orders of Biscuit and Gravy (1 biscuit per serving)
  • Penne Pasta with Chicken and Broccoli (Alfredo Sauce)
    • side of corn.
    • breadstick.
  • 2 Cheeseburgers (lettuce and tomato)
    • 1 side of Onion Rings.
    • 1 side of Tator Tots
  • 1 Plate of General Chicken and Orange Chicken
    • side of steamed rice (2 sugars)
  • 1 Breakfast Burrito (ham, cheese, peppers, egg)
    • side of salsa.
    • side of sour cream.
  • Grilled Turkey Club
    • bag of frito corn chips.
  • Christmas Dinner at work…?
    • Ham (3 slices)
    • macaroni and cheese.
    • mashed potatoes with beef gravy
    • yeast roll.

Snacking At Work:

A bad habit. I should stop. But I am always hungry. Which would explain,

  • 2 French Toast Sticks.
  • 2 Pieces of Chicken Cordon Bleu.
  • 2 Pieces of Rotella Wraps.
  • 2 Baby Carrots.
  • 1 taste test of hashbrown square.
  • Small handful of Pita Chips.
  • Small handful of Tortilla Chips.
  • 1 Yeast Roll.
  • 9 Pieces of bacon.
  • 1 Pancake on a stick.
  • 1 taste test of smoked rib.

Drinking Snacks:

Things I ate while I was too drunk to operate an oven.

  • Bag of Nuts and M&M Mix.
  • Peanut Butter Crackers.
  • Bag of Tostino’s Hint of Lime Chips.
  • Pretzels

And that folks, is the final entry to the food I ate during the year of 2010. Thanks for reading. I hoped you enjoyed it.

Happy New Year!