No words. I’m dead. The elderly black man is my favorite. No really. Watch this and Happy Wednesday!
So I am a proud Pembroke Welsh Corgi owner. His name is Rhett, and he is my wonder corgi. I adore him and he is hilarious. So when I saw this video on The Daily Corgi — I burst out laughing. I hope you find a little giggle in it on your Tuesday.
So during exams I was in a rush and starving. The closest fast food joint to where I was that was NOT a McDonalds was a Hardees. So I slowly pulled in, expecting to be forced to leave with just a $1.00 tanker of Diet Coke in my hands. However, they still had their Charbroiled Atlantic Cod Sandwich. So I thought I’d take a risk, and give it a go.
Now me and Hardees go wayyyyy back. What fat kid in the South did NOT love Hardees breakfast biscuits? Heck what skinny kid did not love Hardees biscuits? Pre-weight loss me would certainly indulge in the delicious treats that Hardees (thats Carl’s Jr. for those West Coasters) would provide. My favorite was the Chicken Fried Steak breakfast biscuit — add mayo. Yep. Thats a hunka fat and calories right there, but MAN do I remember it being tasty. I try to avoid trigger foods like that now. Not because they still may not taste good — but I know they are horrible for me, and even more so I know that I will feel SO darn guilty after eating them that it ins’t worth it calorically or emotionally. However, today was a different day and I needed nourishment. So to the cod sandwich I went. Here are the stats from Hardee’s website (which actually does have one of the better nutrition listings I’ve seen — you can build your “bag” to see what you are about to put in your mouth) [10 Weight Watchers Points]:
So 10 points is a lot for many people — but again I hadn’t eaten all day. So here we went. The Verdict: not amazing, but not half bad.
The cod was cooked well — still moist and actually quite flavorful. They pair it with a more “multi-grain” bun [they call it their honey wheat], but being honest as you’ll see in the photos — I ended up throwing the bun away. I didn’t need it, nor like it that much to eat it. Then there was a slice or two of tomato, a lettuce leaf, and some tartar sauce.
Overall, if I was in a hurry again — but was going to sit at a desk where I could deconstruct this sandwich, I might get it again. There are no break down stats on how many points just the fish filet is, but I’m sure it isn’t that horrible. I imagine most of those points come from the bun. So this (and my $1 tanker of Diet Coke) turned out to be an okay investment. Imagine that.
So here I sit in one of my local paneras. I had a lunch meeting where I talked more than I ate — so I decided that food before teaching fitness might be a good idea. I also have a homework assignment due in my nonprofit management class that I intended on completing while here— yeah that clearly is not working out.
However, after my blah review of the blah Panera Summer Shrimp Salad sandwich (see that HERE) a reader asked what I normally eat. Well that is a great question. So I really do kinda eat the same five things at Panera. As a lap-band patient at any time leafy greens, raw veggies, and breads may or may not work. However, I do stick mainly with cafe salads (greek specifically and cafe soups here at Panera. I tend to get the “Pick 2″ option as well. However, today I am not only starving but not feeling well. A dangerous combo for a band-ster. So I decided to pick the lowest calorie soup option and pair it with a very boring sandwich.
So today’s Pick 2 is — Vegetarian Low-Fat Black Bean Soup and 1/2 a classic grilled cheese. I also treated myself to a shortbread cookie (horrible stats, just horrible — but then again I haven’t eaten today) and an unsweetened Hibiscus Iced Tea (with one packet of equal in it — I know I know fake sugar will kill me — but I saved calories to eat the REAL sugar in the cookie).
I had intended on photographing the fresh plate with my phone — but my buzzer malfunctioned so I missed the original call. And by the time I looked up from my work (e.g. Facebook and downloading the new Nathalie Maines album (of Dixie Chick fame) it had been sitting there for a while and I was ravenous. So the photo is of a mostly demolished plate. I also like dipping my bread chunks in the soup — so yeah thats a hunk-a burning carbs sitting in a bowl of carb goodness.
Unlike a lot of people who are in fitness — I eat like a normal person. As a lap band patent I throw up so much food, I just go for anything that might stay in my stomach. So I eat rice, and black beans. A LOT. I eat bread sometimes — certainly with delicious cheese and my fiance’s homemade garlic olive oil. I drink full sugar sodas, and I put white sugar & real half/half in my coffee (there are somethings I can do fake sugar with – like diet coke or in ice tea — coffee is sacred and deserves the good stuff). And even with ALL OF THAT on a normal basis my doctor is disappointed in my diet because I am starving myself. Not on purpose — but just because I forget to eat — or something doesn’t work and out it comes. So sometimes in a day I might have had a bowl of cream of wheat and a Starbucks coffee drink. So yes world — fat (since size 10-12 is clearly HUGE media and internets ) people can suffering from malnutrition!
Anyhow so back to my carbalicious meal. I didn’t even think how carb heavy it was until now honestly, but that will be good as I will have fuel to take a fitness class AND teach one. Here are the stats [it is 22 TOTAL Weight Watcher Points for everything listed (soup, sandwich, shortbread and ice tea (which is 0 poins)]:
So I get 35 points a day and I STILL have 13 points left over not counting any activity points. I suppose the point of this is not only to talk about kinda what I may get on a random rainy Thursday at a quick service place. But to discuss how sometimes you can eat what you like — and still be okay. Again, I have 13 points left because what you see above is ALL I’ve eaten today minus a few bites of another bowl of soup. Now this is not idea — and normally I would have eaten some sort of morning meal and a real lunch. But life got in the way. Anyhow, I plan to do a few more of these random postings about things I — as a real person (who likes carbs) eats. Until then…enjoy my massacred plate!
So I had a lunch meeting with a big wig at a local bank. So I decided I should put on my big girl clothes. Hair in a conservative bun, librarian glasses, pearl earrings. You know; the stuff lawyer dreams are made of. Then I decided to go jacket less; but pair a cream 3/4 sleeve top with a pair of more trendy royal blue pants (top and pants both New York and Company). Finished off the look with black patent heels from Nine West.
I was proud. Conservative but age appropriate. Provided confidence to my position, but I didn’t look overly stuffy. And then I looked outside. Rain. Bah!
Thankfully it was raining but not raining when I pulled up to my parking spot at work. So I trotted the few blocks to the restaurant safely an mostly dry. Meeting went great!
Then I had to make it back to the office…and it was raining. Torrential downpour kinda rain. The rain that floods streets and makes a roughly four block walk a four block swim. And my poor shoes and pants have suffered greatly. Soaked from the knee down. *sigh* Nothing says professional kick-ass career woman than squishy flooded shoes and wet pants. Thankfully I just had some odds and ends to quicky finish in the office before squeeking and squishing out the door.
That’s what I get the one day I am not academic business casual (well no it was steamy hot Tuesday when I pulled out the full black suit for the Board Meeting…). Oh well. I still love these pants. So much that I have the heat on in my car to dry out….
This blog is great — but even more so this Congressman’s statements are fabulous. [P.S. I am totally bias on the blog since a college pens it!] I’m sad I’ve been so busy I missed it. Read the blog — pass it along — bu also watch this CSPAN clip to hear the real truth of the IRS issue. How do we vet 501(c)(3) organizations properly to make sure that regardless of ideology of the charity that they ARE a charity and not a shell for policy.