There was a time, many moons ago, that I never ate fast food. I didn’t visit McDonalds, or Burger King, or Wendy’s, or even Taco Bell. But then, somehow or another, I slipped back into bad habits and pretty soon was eating lots of the stuff. Not good. Over 25% of Americans consume some kind of fast food every day, and for the past two years or so, I’ve fallen in with this statistic. And as an adult, the more fast food I eat the more chances I have for heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, obesity, cancer, and countless other diseases and problems that are caused by too much processed food.
So! These facts are what made me decide to include this on my year of challenges.
Challenge 2 – Give up fast food.
I like to think I won’t have a problem with this, especially with yummy, healthy food in my house. However, I know myself. It’s going to be my time of the month, and I’m going to want something spectacularly unhealthy. Therein the challenge lies. By resisting, I will make myself stronger. And I will change myself and my body. And that will be a very good thing.
- Have your boyfriend take the day off work.
- Have brunch at a hole in the wall in midtown. Pot N’ Pan is a breakfast and lunch joint on Piedmont Road. Blink and you’ll miss it; there’s always a line on Sundays. The food tastes homemade and the workers are kind, and there is no better place to people-watch, if you’re into that sort of thing. Best way to spend a Sunday morning, hands down.
- After you’re filled to the brim with eggs, bacon, biscuits, gravy, pancakes, and coffee, put on some workout clothes and go play tennis. You will suck, and get a sunburn, but when your shoulders start to hurt later you’ll know you did something good, and you’ll want to do it again soon.
- Fall asleep in the basement of a friend’s house, while said friend practices with his dad’s band. Did I mention your stomach would be full of salad with homemade dressing, along with some baked rice, meat, and carrots? His mom is great.
- Speed home to watch last two episodes of Game of Thrones. Speed back to friends house to watch the season premiere of Game of Thrones. Discuss what level of unhappiness and anger will ensue if the advertised season premiere turns out to be an April Fools joke.
- End the night by relaxing on the bed, prepping for a job interview and reading.
Readers, how was your weekend? Did you watch Game of Thrones? If not, WHY?
We just finished another delicious dinner, made with the groceries my momma bought us. It sure was tasty, and we sure are lucky.
No matter what anyone may say to the contrary.
There is just something about a good run to the grocery store. Since Ry and I are poor this week, Mom delightfully agreed to furnish our pantry and fridge with yummy things. This is the result.
I sent this picture to Ryan, who is at work, and he responds with his own picture: a half-eaten cupcake, with some delicious looking stuff on top. We each have our own yummy things, I suppose.
Vegetable beef soup tonight; chuck roast in the crock-pot tomorrow. Maybe I should start a food blog. Thoughts?
Mom came over tonight for Christmas, since Ryan couldn’t be with us on Sunday; he had presents, and who turns down a second Christmas? Not me.
The house was full, with a cat, two dogs, a mom, a Ryan and me. I made dinner (a lovely risotto, baked chicken, sauteed spinach and mushrooms, and a layered dessert) and drank prosecco (most of the bottle), and opened presents and laughed and talked a lot. A more lovely night could not have been had.
Tomorrow mom and I venture down to Virginia Highlands, and Thursday the Christmas decorations come down. I’m ready for a new start, and can’t wait to see what 2012 will bring. In the meantime, I’m spending the last days of 2011 in style.