Friday, May 13, 2005

A Note on Cheating the Diet

The rule clearly states that there is no upsizing or biggie sizing of any combo meal.

Well, here's the situation.

I approach the Wendy's drive-thru microphone and clearly order a #2 combo meal with a Caesar side salad and a regular lemonade. The lady then says, "Would you like to biggie-size that lemonade for only 24 cents more?"

I think about it, but calmly and definitively say, "No."

I then pull around to pay and another girl hands me my food and a biggie-sized lemonade. She seems a little embarrassed and explains that she accidentally filled a biggie-sized cup but didn't want to waste it, so if I wanted it that would be no problem. I, of course, explained my diet dilemma but before I rejected the biggie-sized lemonade, I contemplated the rules of the diet. I could not upsize or biggie-size anything in the combo, but if someone else does it and then offers it to me for free, I haven't actually cheated the diet.

I quickly grasped the lemonade and winked at the gal and sped off. I don't think I cheated. Am I wrong?


Anonymous Grandpa Jones said...

Your behavior is the beginning of the end of every diet I know. It is called rationalization, and it is surprizing how addictive rationalizing is to the diet process. Today it is the lemonade, tomorrow it will be the fries, the next day it will be a coke, the next day it will be something else and on and on until you are right back enjoying the whole Wendy's whopper, the Big Mac, or the Arbys Big Montana. This is just one man's opinion.

3:56 AM  
Blogger Wendopolis said...

Oh, dear! I'm afraid I have to agree with Gramps. Also, your very choice of where to eat is bad to begin with. Why not try brown-baging it? BEst of luck to you!! :)

5:53 AM  
Anonymous Terry said...

lol...Gramps is the little angel on your shoulder. It sounded reasonable to me. But Gramps made a valid point. Going to have to go with him on this one.

6:04 PM  
Blogger Indigo said...

Oh boy, I agree with Grampa and Wendopolis on this one. You are rationalizing, as well as shouldn't be eating fast food anyways. Of course, it makes for good blogging when stuff like this happens. :-)

3:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will side with you K.

You see part of dieting is feeling good about who you are. And part of feeling good about yourself is by serving others. So, when you took the biggie lemonade you were just being nice to the poor Wendy's employee. You were serving her by allowing her to make her mistake and not feel bad about it.

Thus, you are feeling good and burning calories, and losing weight. Keep it up.

9:07 PM  
Blogger K Jones said...

Finally, Travis has returned to add some sanity to the blog. Welcome back.

9:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry, It's been busy at work lately. Not to mention I have been busy following the D-backs kick the Dodgers butts, and others.

11:05 PM  
Anonymous Grandpa Jones said...

Travis, nothing personal, but Rush Lindbaugh and I disagree whole heartedly. This feeling good idea is just a bunch of crock. Modern thought is we must feel the female part of us, and that we must feel good. I just have a hard time thinking that John Wayne, would feel good, no, he would manly throw the lemonade down and demand a small lemonade and not leave until he got what he wanted. He would probably show the little girl the barrel of his gun, and expect her never to make that mistake again. If you do it your way, she has no incentive to improve her service, you have helped he in no particular way. Viva La Duke (To all of you sensitive bloggers, I am just Kidding)

5:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Grandpa, I hate to disagree with such a wonderful Canasta (or whatever card game it is you play with K.) player. However, I don't think the duke would be so mean. While he is a stand up for himself kind of man. I personally see the duke either taking the drink and doing the honorable thing and drinking only the small amount and then tossing the rest or giving it to someone else. Perhaps that is my own glorification of the Duke, but I don't think that the Duke would approve of belittling others. Even in his discussion against hyphonated-Americans he is nothing but polite and respectful of all. Sorry, but your Duke is not my Duke.

10:00 AM  
Anonymous Grandpa Jones said...

Travis, I have been in a day of mourning, thinking that the Duke (John Wayne) was a sensitive person. It put me into deep depression, This is the last bastion of Male Chauvenistic appeal and you have put a modern day spin on him. I believe he rolled over in his grave to think that someone had the impression he was a sensitive person. I believe I will have to find a sensitivity group to go to, to help me with my feelings. I looked at him as a man who would beat his chest, burp and eat chicken legs, and you have him pictured as a gentleman, I can't believe I have heard this from anyone. Must go to my sensitivity group now. good bye.

7:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Grandpa. I am sorry to here that your version of being a man doesn't include being a gentleman. Belch as you will, when you are amongst fellow belching men. Talk smack to a man who chides you back. But you can still be a gentleman.

Also note, that I didn't once mention the word sensitive when talking about the Duke. The words I used were honorable, polite, and respectful. Three very manly thing to me.

12:24 AM  
Anonymous Grandpa Jones said...

Travis, lest you misunderstand, I defer to an earlier entry, I'm kidding. You are more honorable than I, I'm realizing that one must be careful in responding to these blogs, You can hurt someones feelings....... I learned that tonight in my sensativity group. May you have a great weekend with your family.........

4:46 AM  

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