Tuesday, December 9, 2008

I Am That Person...

I am that person - the one in front of you, possibly, at Starbucks today, quizzing the barista on calorie counts of their Christmas-y drinks. Yes, my order took a couple of minutes longer than the person who just steps up to the counter and orders their steamy hot beverage the normal way, but hey - I am trying to keep what weight I have lost off (not to mention trying to lose more) and this is what it takes.

You can tell that I rarely go to Starbucks, but Jeff wanted a new travel coffee mug for Christmas (and has promised to get rid of 90% of all the other old travel mugs cluttering up the cabinet, which makes this a gift for me as well), so there I was. The barista was really patient, and I ended up ordering a "Skinny Sugar-Free Cinnamon Dolce Latte - No Whip" which was tasty, but when I got home and looked up the nutrition info, it still had about 90 calories, which goes against my "no beverage calories" rule, but oh well. The calories were "good calories" - i.e. they came from the skim milk, otherwise known as "skinny" - I have learned so much about the Starbucks vernacular today!

I'm also the person at Chili's who tortures our waitperson, as Jeff would have you believe, by ordering the Quesadilla Explosion salad without the cheese or tortilla strips, but with the seasoning that they use on the tortilla strips sprinkled directly on the salad...oh, and dressing on the side. Although I've confused the waiter sometimes, they always get it right and I get a salad that I enjoy and can feel good about eating. It's a win-win situation (or win-win-win as Michael Scott would say).

If you would have asked me a year ago if I would take the time and draw attention to myself by quizzing waiters and ordering my meal exactly how I wanted it, I would have said "nah, not gonna bother with all of that." But I've come to realize that keeping this weight off is all up to me - and I don't want to see it creep back on because I've gotten lax on counting my calories. So, I am that person...and I make no apologies.


  1. good for you!

    for not giving a....care.

    for valuing yourself enough to be that person.
    me? I never mind as to get where I am today and to stay here Im that person too.

    love the post.

  2. I'm kinda crazy like that, too. Asking for a "half order" of chef salad or whatever... but we have to do what we need to, to keep our bodies healthy.

    And thank you so much for your support this week. It was so rough for me but knowing I had friends out there who cared made it a LOT easier!! Your kindness is much appreciated.


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