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Fast Food Loses Its Luster…

November 2012

For anyone who has known me or followed my blog for any amount of time, you know that I’ve always enjoyed fast food.  This past summer I even needed it to balance out the crazy amount of calories that I was burning on a daily basis on my bike – or maybe it would be fairer to say that the high calorie fast food made balancing my diet easier.  Indeed, that’s the ticket.

Lately we’ve had some troubles with our house that have made eating out a necessity and I’m coming to my wits end…  It all started with a couple of Happy Meals that I bought for my girls that had new reduced size fry cartons and about 10 fries in them.  I noticed that the trend applied to my fry portion as well.  Surprisingly prices didn’t go down with the 33% reduction in fries, imagine that.  From there I started noticing just how low the quality of the food actually is – that became apparent after having to choke down a burger for lunch yesterday on the way home from the in-law’s house.

I never thought I’d see the day, but I’m tired of fast food.  It’s lost its luster as fuel.  That’s the big hit.  I’m not going to go as far as saying I feel worse for eating it, because I really don’t, but it’s just starting to “feel” a little less than  useful.  Add to that the clear ripoff it’s becoming and it’s just too much.  I won’t say that I’ll be swearing it off forever, but I’ve made the decision to drop it, at least for now.

To look at this in terms of “why”, the more I’ve put into getting and staying in shape, the less fast food has made sense.  I suppose I’ve evolved.  Imagine that.


  1. DUH'Merica says:

    It’s amazing how prevalent fast food is in our society. I drive a lot for work and always seem to eat fast food for lunch. I’m still trying to “evolve” and stop eating it because I don’t burn the calories you do.

    • bgddyjim says:

      I’ve tried to get off of fast food for decades – only when I got fit did I get to a point where I could “live without it”. Everyone’s different, but my fitness finally made leaving it alone, not only worth it, but desirable. Good luck (and try Qdoba – that’s fast, but it’s not “fast food” – it’s good food).

  2. elisariva says:

    Oh happy day….

    Seriously – I hear ya. Good decision.

    • bgddyjim says:

      I almost didn’t write about it, simply so I wouldn’t have write the response to this comment that I so knew was coming… 😀

      It is what it is though, I’m done with it for a while.

      • elisariva says:

        Well I have developed a little bad habit myself. Diet Coke. Not every day, not more than one. But the caffeine gives the kick I need some afternoons. There – something for you to hold over me. 🙂

      • bgddyjim says:

        Those who live in glass houses should hold onto their stones… I’ve got a tri-level. Don’t hold your breath waiting for me to chuck one your way. Enjoy your Diet Coke tough girl (what’s the proper word? I could maybe get away with “chick”, “guy” definitely not… At least know that I debated it).

      • elisariva says:

        Girl over chick any day!

      • bgddyjim says:

        Good to know. Thanks.

  3. I came to the same conclusion as the road season ended this past summer. After filling up with fast food after races or workouts over the summer I just never felt good afterwords (compared to eating a good meal). So much so that I’ve sworn it off completely.

    That being said, I imagine I’ll go back to my old ways when I need a bite during race weekends next year…

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