Weight today: 347.2. I'm glad I'm down slightly after this weekend. Friday night Erin and I went to the Maker's Mark Bourbon House and Lounge for a joint birthday celebration dinner and I had a 16 oz bone-in ribeye topped with béarnaise, some mashed potatoes, and country-style green beans with bourbon-glazed caramelized onions and bacon. I was pretty famished after burning 1200 calories on the golf course earlier in the day, but the meal was way more than I needed. It's ok to feast to celebrate your birthday, though, isn't it? Yesterday after church we took advantage of our free birthday burger coupons at Red Robin. I got a turkey burger, added some jalapenos for a little kick, and substituted the all-you-can-eat fries for a side salad. I was pleasantly surprised by the depth of flavor the turkey patty offered. Our server, however, made it quite apparent that he was not a fan of the birthday coupons. He grilled us about the legitimacy of the coupons, dropped off our bill for $2.53 before we were halfway finished with the meal, and asked on two different visits to our table if he could take our payment before we were ready. We left $4.53. Sorry we were so cheap, Red Robin server, but you were downright rude.
From telegraph.co.uk, passed along from my friend Brian:
Weight Watchers clinic floor collapses under dieters
The floor of a Weight Watchers clinic in Sweden collapsed beneath a group of 20 members of the weight loss programme who were gathered for a meeting.
Published: 7:35PM GMT 14 Jan 2010
As the dieters queued to see how many pounds they had shed, the floor beneath them in the clinic in Växjö, in south-central Sweden, began to rumble, according to a report in The Local, Sweden's English-language newspaper.
"We suddenly heard a huge thud; we almost thought it was an earthquake and everything flew up in the air.
"The floor collapsed in one corner of the room and along the walls," one Weight Watchers participant told the Smålandsposten newspaper.
Soon, the fault lines spread around the room, and other sections of the floor gave way.
Luckily, all of the dieters escaped uninjured and managed to move the scales to the corridor, which was not damaged in the accident, and were able to complete their weekly weigh in.
The cause of the floor's collapse remains under investigation.
Weight today: 347.4 lbs.
Anyway, I got some great news this morning, I passed the vetting process for starting my new job. I was offered a job as a personal banker at a large, national bank a couple of weeks ago, which was fantastic. I was thrilled to know that my then 4 month hiatus from work would draw to a close. But as the bank sent my official offer letter and welcome package, I was a little daunted with the process. I had to go downtown and get fingerprinted, authorize a full background check, and complete a drug test. I knew everything would be OK and I would pass the process, but I was concerned that there might have been some delays, causing my start date to be pushed back or the worst-case scenario of the offer being rescinded. In early 2006, when I was hired with MetLife, there were a couple of hiccups in the process and I started a couple weeks later than I would have liked. This time I was a bit concerned about the drug test.
I never thought I would eat turkey bacon again. The first time I tried it the person who prepared it for me warmed it in the microwave and it was limp and a little slimy. My wife and I were at Sam's Club the other night and were planning on getting our favorite breakfast sausage, Old Folks. If the "you are what you eat" adage holds true, anyone who's ever seen my physique could guess that I'm a sausage fan--but this stuff is seriously delicious. If Jimmy Dean ate Old Folks' sausage, he would be ashamed of himself for producing an inferior product. When you first try it the experience is like Paula Deen herself popped out from under the breakfast griddle to smack you upside the head with a hefty sausage roll of pure country goodness. Sorry, I'm getting a little off track here. Anyway, for some reason we wanted to be healthier or whatever and grabbed the turkey bacon off the shelf above the pork sausage. This morning I fried up 4 slices until they were nice and crispy. It wasn't Old Folks, but it was pretty delightful. And only 35 calories per slice.
But I may have to find this turkey sausage. It looks gooo-od.