The Ben and Jerry’s effect

Back a few weeks ago I finished up a workout, ate dinner and then sat around to watch TV and do stuff on my laptop.  At some point along the way I became bored and decided to eat half a Ben and Jerry’s container (what, you didn’t know I have a massive B&J thing?). Ok…so it ended up being a whole container.  It’s not my fault – I just felt bad leaving it half-baked in the freezer.  That’s like not cleaning your plate or something.

I noticed that while I was tired then, I didn’t feel like falling asleep as it was too early.  I figured I’d go to sleep in an hour or two.  It would turn out that’s not possible.  As the B&J effect kicks in.  I then noted this same phenomena a week or so later.  Thus – at 2AM – prompting me to put together this little chart after an outburst of Excel energy.

imageYes…it’s awesome.  The pinnacle of my Excel graphing capabilities. And yes, I apparently need a life on a weekday.  The good news is tomorrow (well, Tuesday) I do have a life, and it involves some cookin’!  Slow-cooker style.  Woohoo!  Yum-yum.

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18 Comments

  1. You definitely stay up late.

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  2. I would have lots of energy too if I ever ate a pint of ice cream ... running to the bathroom all night!

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  3. The perkiness level graph is great. I'm pretty sure that there is nothing these days that could keep me awake until 3 am - but if I ever have to be up that late, I'm trying B&J's!!

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  4. awesome.

    um...

    you were in my dream last night? (nothing weird, you were just... there... but that's weird in and of itself, right?)

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  5. My day curve would be the inverse of the night curve if I stayed up that late!

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  6. A full container... no wonder you were up so late!

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  7. I love the graph..but how do you get up to 120? Is that two tubs of B&J?

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  8. That's awesome....and how I used to eat ice cream. Tell me that was a pint and not a full 1/2 gallon? I was proud that my light eggnog half gallon ice cream took me 4 weeks to finish, very un-Kat like

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  9. jajaja nice man that happens to me on Thanksgiving night when I ate a lot of chocolate I know the feeling

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  10. LOVE the graph.

    I had a slow cooker day last week... but it turned out bad. How you can mess up food in the crockpot, I'm not sure.

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  11. i gain weight just reading about B & J.

    I'd say it's totally worth the high.

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  12. "And knowing is half the battle!"

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  13. Goddess brought some home last night. I had a few bites and my stomach reminded me the rest of the night. But it tasted good.

    It's been a looooooooong time since I had ice cream. For no particular reason.

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  14. gads,

    I will stay away from the B & J on the nights before I have to teach my 5:30 am classes

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  15. the sugar would keep me up...
    the excess cream etc..would make me hate myself....

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  16. ...mmmmmmm....ice cream!

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  17. As an engineer, I have to criticize you for not having units on "perkiness factor" - what the hell are the units on perkiness?

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  18. Wow. Well I'm proud to say I don't have to worry about this problem...but good to know, I guess? :)

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