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July 16th, 2009:

Day Four: Recap – Nocturne of Shadow

I woke up at around 5:00 pm today, so that certainly cut the day short. As a result you’ll notice that the number of calories I swallowed is less than usual.

... is less hard on the eyes.

... is less hard on the eyes.

As long as I can remember, I’ve always felt most awake from about 2:00 pm thorough 6:00 am. Keeping a schedule that starts in the morning and winds down in the evening feels backward to me. Even on nights when I get enough rest I’m still groggy until after lunch time. I start waking up and feeling good around the time everyone is ready to go home.

At work this has had both positive and negative effects. On the plus side, I’m always ready to work through the evening and even late into the night if necessary. In fact, I prefer it. But on the flip side, it means I’m kind of useless in the morning.

Unless I have a really good reason to wake up before the afternoon, it’s really difficult for me to do so. It usually involves setting a primary alarm, a backup alarm somewhat further away, and a hidden alarm. The reason for all the alarms is because I will turn them off in my sleep and then go back to bed. The hidden alarm is set to go off slightly after the other two. The theory is that if the alarm is hidden, I’ll need to wake up enough to puzzle out its location, and if I’m awake enough to do that – I’ll stay awake.

Unfortunately in practice this doesn’t work. I’ll hit snooze indefinitely on the two accessible alarms, and just turn off the third one the first time it goes off. I don’t have any memory of doing this, but it happens regardless of where the alarm is hidden.

It takes about an hour of “snoozes” with the alarms spaced 5 – 10 minutes apart before I actually wake up in the morning. This means I’ve got to set the first alarm for about two hours before I need to actually wake up. I’ll spend an hour swatting snooze, and then spend about 45 minutes half-awake in the bathroom. Sometimes I’ll brush my teeth in the shower for a half hour or more before I realize what’s happening. This has the unintended consequence of garnering glowing praise from my dental hygienist.

So what does any of this have to do with today’s recap? Well, today I woke up at 5:00 pm and felt great! This has the curious side effect of artificially deflating today’s calorie and food count since I’m keeping track in 24 hour increments.

Nutrition Facts:

Total Calories: 1324
Calories from Fat: 518
Fat: 63.4 grams
Carbohydrates: 156 grams
Fiber: 16 grams
Protein: 72.3 grams

Exercise Level: Low

Walking 1 mile (easy)
Housework 1 hour (easy)

Foods Devoured:

Wheat Bread
Balsamic Vinegar
Water
Wheat Bread
Balsamic Vinegar
Bittersweet Chocolate
Walnuts
Chicken Breast
Salad
Vanilla Yogurt with Chocolate Chunks

The yogurt with chocolate chunks is a particular favorite of mine. I usually get Stonyfield farm or Trader Joe’s vanilla yogurt and dark chocolate – semisweet or bittersweet – and crumble it in. It’s super tasty, and not the worst snack you can eat. Though something tells me a nice helping of fruit would be a lot better. I’m also a big fan of walnuts, which go really well with the yogurt and chocolate. Again, I suppose the walnuts would be better off without the chocolate. But then it would be like eating healthy. Ew.