An Excursion to Arby’s. PLUS: What I Order at Fast Food Restaurants

October 22, 2017

Here’s something I don’t write about very often: FAST FOOD! Despite all the big changes I’ve made in my life over the past seven (almost eight!) years, I haven’t eliminated fast food out of my diet completely. Fast food is a rare treat, but it does happen. And like many of the treats I allow myself to occasionally indulge in, I handle fast food in a very specific way. Read the rest of this entry »

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Construction Update

July 9, 2012

I have an update about the new building going up in my neighborhood. I blogged about the building last month, and the gist of the post was that I was hoping Hoping HOPING that it wouldn’t be an Arby’s, because if it was, it would be proof that the universe was out to sabotage me. Refresh your memory by reading the entire post here. Remember this picture?

The building isn’t finished yet… but it has been announced what it’s going to become.

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Canada + Construction

June 11, 2012

Happy Monday! I have two topics for today. Let’s start with…

1) CANADA. I spent a big chunk of my Sunday morning with my jaw on the ground. I love the Canadian press! Here’s what happened:

The fantastic Montreal Gazette article about me (eloquently written by the lovely and talented June Thompson) ran last Thursday. Yesterday, I realized that the article was picked up by a bunch of other Canadian newspapers. Nine of them, by my count. Nine! Let’s go to the map!

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McDonald’s Misses the Point

June 2, 2011

I got an email today from an executive at the firm that handles public relations for McDonald’s!  This really made my day.  Excerpts from the email are below – but first, some backstory:

Earlier in the week, I published a post called “A Rumination on McNuggets.”  I hope you read it, because it’s pretty good (toot, toot – that’s me blowing my own horn), but in case you didn’t, here’s a summation of the major points:

  • I grew up eating Chicken McNuggets.
  • WTF? They sell 50-piece McNuggets now?!?
  • An order of 50 McNuggets is disgustingly unhealthy (with nutrition facts lifted from their website).
  • “I can’t remember the last time I’ve had a Chicken McNugget.  And you know what?  I’m not going to be having another one for a looong time.” (This isn’t a summation, it’s how I ended the post.)

You can read the entire post here.  And you really should, if you haven’t already!

The tone of the post was respectful, I’d say, but I don’t think I spoke positively about McNuggets.  I certainly didn’t trash them, or blame my lifelong obesity on them, but rather, I elaborated on my relationship with them, and then confirmed, in my own way, that they’re not something that I can eat moving forward in my life.  I’ve lost 164 pounds (and counting), and as the saying goes, since McNuggets weren’t part of the solution, they must be part of the problem.

So imagine my delight when I received the following email earlier today.  I think it’s safe to say that the representative who wrote me either didn’t read my post through to the end, or at all.  Here’s some of what they had to say:

Hi David!

Given your recent enthusiasm for McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets, I wanted to share the exciting news that you can now enjoy your menu favorite with one of six sauces from a new dipping line-up including:

  • Creamy Ranch
  • Tangy BBQ
  • Spicy Buffalo
  • Honey Mustard
  • Sweet ‘n Sour
  • Sweet Chili Sauce (now permanently on the menu!)

In honor of the new line-line up McDonald’s is launching an online memory game, the “McNuggets Saucy Challenge.”

I cut some of the email for brevity’s sake, but it ended with:

I would be happy to send you some Chicken McNugget coupons to host your own giveaway or “Saucy Challenge” on your site!

Please let me know if you have any questions about Chicken McNuggets, the new sauce line-up, the Saucy Challenge game, host a giveaway or if you just want to share your favorite sauce!

Happy Dipping!

Thank you for writing, but I’m going to respectfully decline your offer to host a McNuggets giveaway on my site.  I use my blog as a way to motivate myself to continue my active, healthy lifestyle, with the goal of continuing to lose weight, so I just don’t think that this giveaway is a good fit for me.

Oh, and while I used to love BBQ, my most recent favorite sauce, from when I still ate McNuggets, was Hot Mustard, which I see has been removed from the dipping sauce line-up.  Boo!

Keep it up, David!


A Rumination on McNuggets

May 30, 2011

The first fast-food menu item that I ever remember absolutely loving was McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets.  I started loving those things when I was young – maybe kindergarten-aged.  I remember going to the McDonald’s on Telegraph and Square Lake near our house in Michigan, and ordering a six-piece McNuggets, always with barbeque sauce, with fries and that orange drink that McDonald’s used to sell.  This was back in the day when McDonald’s still served all their food in styrofoam containers, and the six-pack McNugget box had a special built-in spot for the packet of dipping sauce.  Then, the fries would go in the lid of the McNugget box, and I’d be all set.

I remember loving McNuggets so much that I would get annoyed if we, as a family, ever went to Burger King, because they didn’t have McNuggets, and I didn’t remember liking hamburgers all that much.  I’m sure I ate them, but hamburgers were an option only when McNuggets weren’t around.

I remember thinking, when I was a kid, “maybe when I’m older and bigger I’ll be able to get the 9-piece McNuggets!”  I can’t recall when I graduated from 6 pieces to 9 pieces, but I know it happened.  I also know that when I was in my last couple years of high school, when I had my driver’s license and access to a car that I shared with my sister, I graduated from 9-piece to the 20-piece, which I would order when I was alone, in the car, with no chance of seeing or running into anyone I knew.

I’ve been thinking about McNuggets the past couple of days because, on Friday, when I was running some errands (bank, post office, oil change, smog test), I drove past a McDonalds that had a sign up advertising their 50-piece McNuggets for $9.99.

That’s right, a 50-piece order of McNuggets!

I haven’t seen any other advertising for this particular menu item, but I’m really curious about who orders 50 McNuggets and what they do with them.  Do they bring them home for their whole family to enjoy?  To they show up at potlucks or dinner parties with 50 McNuggets as their contribution to the festivities?  (“Hey, Sharon, thanks for inviting us to your Memorial Day get-together, and guess what! We’re bringing the McNuggets!”)  And how many packets of dipping sauces come with 50 McNuggets?  Does McDonald’s have 50 McNuggets ready to go at all times in case someone orders them, or are they deep-fried to order?  I have so many questions!

I’m not going to get into what’s inside a Chicken McNugget.  I’ve read “Fast Food Nation,” and I know it’s not pretty, and you can Google it for yourself – I don’t want to gross anyone out with this blog.  But I was curious about the nutritional breakdown, and, as it turns out, that’s pretty gross, too.  Based on the information available on the McDonald’s website, I calculated the following:

A 50-piece order of McNuggets has:

  • 2,300 calories
  • 145 grams of fat
  • 25 grams of saturated fat
  • 5,000 mg of sodium

I can’t remember the last time I’ve had a Chicken McNugget.  And you know what?  I’m not going to be having another one for a looong time.

Keep it up, David!