My tightly scheduled day began quite early this morning with only a brief window of opportunity to run a few errands during the lunch hour and then back to my desk for a conference call this afternoon.
On my way to pick up the dry cleaning, every fast food sign was screaming my name as my stomach and brain were talking to the hand that initiates the right turn blinker on my car. You see, the stomach was in favor of making a detour to fast food, while the brain felt strongly that we could wait until we get home where a nice plate of veggies and hummus was waiting. The stomach tried to convince the brain by telling it that there would be no time to eat the veggies and hummus due to the 2:00 pm conference call. When the brain didn’t budge, the stomach growled loud enough to scare the hand and before I knew it, the right blinker was on and the Mini Cooper was turning into Wendy’s.
While the stomach was preoccupied by smiling smugly, the brain went into gear in the drive through line and decided that if we were going to do this, we had to be smart about it and get something healthy. About this time, the taste buds got involved and began screaming, “Crispy Chicken Sandwich and Fries!” It has been my experience that even though they are small, the taste buds are big in number and usually get their way. Crispy Chicken Sandwich and Fries it is! In a last ditch effort to save the day, the brain suggested that I order a Kid’s Meal instead of the Adult Combo, which I did.
As I popped the first salty fry in my mouth and removed the foil wrapping from the sandwich, the party-pooper emotions sent guilt in to make me regret my decision; however I had my good friend, common sense with me who said that I had made a good choice for the following reasons:
- I must have saved hundreds of calories by ordering the Kid’s Meal instead of the Adult Combo. (This is akin to the same argument I give my husband when I find a good sale and tell him how much I saved instead of how much I spent.)
- I also saved money. The Adult Combo is close to $7.00 and I got change back from $4.00 by ordering the Kid’s Meal.
- I got a really cool toy that grandkids will enjoy-little frogs that you flip into a box with a plastic lily pad (see picture with this post).
- For each Kids Meal sold, Wendy’s donates to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption™, so eating this fried food is charitable.
- I enjoyed eating this. (Although to be honest, it was not near as good as the stomach said it would be.)
Today I will concentrate on how much money and calories I saved while I play Flippin’ Frogs. Tomorrow I will look up the nutritional value of my Kid’s Meal and let you in on how much damage I did.
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What’s this all about?
As a professional trainer, Rebecca finds herself on the go, on the job or on the road, all the time. Trying to eat healthy is not only a challenge, but sometimes seems impossible. But Rebecca is taking a challenge. For the days leading up to her September 5th Professional Optical Woman’ presentation at Vision Expo West, she is going to make a concentrated effort to find a way to improve her diet while on the go. She’s going to be blogging about the challenges she faces and then for the P.O.W.W. event, she will share her experiences, give tips, and advice on her successes and even her failures.