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Self-Control, Part II

October 4, 2012
Rice-A-Roni boxes

Rice-A-Roni boxes (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A week ago I wrote about my self-control experiment. I am proud to announce that I made it through the week upholding my pledge against any form of dining out. I didn’t even stop at a convenience store! I did make two trips to SuperTarget. Now, I’m not going to claim I ate healthily all the time. What passes for “cooking” within my domestic confines usually follows these steps:

1) Remove box from freezer
2) Remove tray from box
3) Cut slit in plastic on top
4) Bake for ~60 minutes
5) Turn off oven, then leave it in there for at least another hour while I watch TV, talk on the phone with my best friend, and/or fall asleep in my recliner

Tonight I stepped it up. I made Rice-a-Roni with chicken AND a salad. Sure, it was fully-cooked, pre-grilled, pre-diced frozen chicken and salad pre-mix in a bag, and I used those little grape tomatoes because I wouldn’t want to have to actually chop tomatoes– just as I had shredded cheese; wouldn’t want to have to grate that either. But ladies and gentlemen, for this denizen of the drive-thru, this apostle of the church of convenience,  that is PROGRESS.

Which I will halt when I go to happy hour tomorrow. With the girls, rather than playing basketball with the bros. But that’s another post.

11 Comments leave one →
  1. October 5, 2012 1:04 am

    Woohoo! Proud of you!!


  2. October 5, 2012 11:12 am

    Hey, now… Rice-a-Roni actually requires boiling water… that’s definitely a higher-order cooking skill.


  3. October 5, 2012 12:23 pm

    Interested in hearing about happy hour with the girls!! I just had lunch with almost all the guys I work with, and got picked on mercilessly, but didn’t really mind because it gives me fuel for revenge! I have good female friends, but I prefer to work with men. Women can be such back-stabbing bitches in the workplace. Seems like a good topic to blog on!!


  4. October 5, 2012 3:37 pm

    I could have sworn I commented already. Great job sticking to your goals. Now you have to start asking, said best friend, for her recipes so you can eat better then out of a cooking tray or box.


  5. Rodysseus permalink
    October 7, 2012 1:26 pm

    Ooooh. Rice-a-Roni. One of my guilty pleasures. A week’s worth of sodium in one little box.


  6. October 7, 2012 1:30 pm

    That’s an improvement over drive thru’s. You should try cooking, you might like it. I never thought I would but now I think it’s kind of fun creating a meal all by myself. 🙂


  7. October 8, 2012 1:27 pm

    Hi Jason, I’ve nominated you for The Versatile Blogger award. Please read my latest post.


  8. October 13, 2012 9:08 am

    I’m a personal chef by profession, (author only sometimes, but I am working on it..)so let me know if you need any easy peasy recipes. Charming post! 🙂


    • October 14, 2012 11:49 am

      By all means, please share! Easy peasy is exactly what I need 😀



  9. October 13, 2012 12:21 pm

    So understand the bachelorette life and cooking for uno. Congratulations on the progress 🙂 That is truly remarkable. My nutrition fluctuates enough I have come to rely on a daily super vitamin and, when blender clean, a smoothie. Take care.


    • October 14, 2012 11:55 am

      I have tried multivitamins in the past but always had problems swallowing that horse pill. (I have a bad gag reflex, it’s a good thing I’m not a girl– or gay)… but now that they make gummy ones for adults, I am trying those. Smoothies I should definitely do more of. Thanks so much for the comment 🙂



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