Day 217: I’ve Been a Bad Bad Boy

Yeah, I was bad today. Nothing like taking a step in the right direction and then falling flat on your face. Why does it always work that way? Awe well. It’s not everyday you eat lunch with a Pakistani journalist who was abducted and tortured by his own government and have a one on one conversation with him. 

Breakfast: I kept it simple with the intent of being really good today. I had what I think is the perfect breakfast: pomegranate Chobani with an english muffin with honey and a few sprits of I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter spray. If you haven’t tried it, it’s an awesome filling breakfast.   

Lunch: As I was saying, I went to a presentation by Pakistani journalist Umar Cheema. A few years ago, Umar’s car was intentionally smashed in to and was then abducted and tortured as an act of censorship. Despite the two attacks on his life, he has continued to be a be a purveyor of truth in Pakistan. This year, he was award the prestigious Free Speech Award by Syracuse University so he came to the US and toured a few colleges across the country. Anyways, the audience of about 20 was invited by the Dean of the department to go to Mellow Mushroom on the department’s bill. I might be a weight loss machine, but I’m also a starving grad school student so how could I pass up such an opportunity? The dean ordered a variety of pizzas, salads and appetizers so I sampled a little of everything but I kept it just to two slices of pizza. It was a great luncheon. 

After that, I ran some errands with Megan and we went over to Sonic for some Happy Hour awesomeness. I got a Diet Cherry Limeaid. It’s not near as good as the regular but it’s only 25 calories for a Route 44 so that works!

Dinner: We went over to Little Athens for some Greek food because I had wanted to try it and Megan hadn’t eaten that much today. I had a veggie gyro with falafal and hummus. It was good but the sodium took my breath away to the point if I don’t know if I could eat there again. Awe well, it was still not bad, but I know it was a caloric disaster. 

Snack: Our college ministry had a study extravaganza up at church so we came up to chill and to grade (which I still haven’t started. Will the procrastination ever end?) Anyways we stopped by Starbucks and I got a Venti Iced Caramel Macchiato. Then the spread at church was ginormous but I stayed good and had some dried banana chips with peanut butter (which is an awesome combo!) 

So like I said, I was bad. I’m not really that mad about it because that’s how life goes sometimes. I’m playing racquetball in the morning so that is at least a step in the right direction. See ya tomorrow. 


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