Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Day 10: Room Service Negotiations

I'm down a couple of pounds, but nothing particularly radical is happening. The initial misery has worn off, but finding things to eat is still a lot more work than I'm typically used to. I am no longer able to think "jeez, I'm really hungry" and just grab something from a nearby store or restaurant. No, now I have to scour labels and interrogate servers.

Case in point; for the next three days I'm in San Diego at ComicCon. I'm very lucky to be here, it's a blast, and CBS is doing a ton of stuff that we're able to hitch the GameSpot wagon to in one way or another. It's going to be a lot of fun. What isn't, however, is finding stuff to eat. Today I wasn't able to eat lunch because both the timing and the location didn't allow for it. I ended up munching a gluten-free vaguely apple-flavored breakfast bar thing at 3pm to fend off the hunger pangs. For dinner, I gave up reading menus outside restaurants and went back to the hotel to order room service. Why? Because every restaurant in San Diego has a greeter wearing a short skirt who shoves postcards or menus into your face while asking you if you want to come in for dinner. Walking up 5th Street to the hotel was half a mile of constant harassment.

Room service was an unexpected challenge though.

For a start, the nice lady taking room service orders was...let's be nice and call it "struggling" with the English language. When I told her "I'm allergic to dairy, can you make sure the fish isn't cooked in butter" she sounded so confused I thought she was just going to hang up on me. Eventually, after much explaining I was able to order some salmon, but the process of getting it was painful; "no I can't eat anything with dairy in it. No, no butter. Or anything milk related, no. The sauce has butter in it? OK, so I can't eat that. Yes, that means I don't want the sauce. I do want the fish though. Can you do the fish without the butter and without the sauce? Yes? OK. No, the spinach can't be sauteed in butter either. Why? Because I'm allergic to dairy."

Eventually I got some food. I have no idea if there was actually any dairy in it, but I guess we'll find out in a few hours if I get stomach cramps or something.

Big discovery of the day: Pop Chips Original flavor chips are a) awesome (which I already knew, although I was more partial to the BBQ flavor) b) only have 100 calorie a bag, and more importantly c) are both dairy AND gluten free.


Josh said...

Hey John, don't downplay those couple pounds you've lost. Considering the struggle you've had to lose any, I think that's reason to celebrate. Congrats, and here's to hoping for many more!

Anonymous said...

In a little over a year, I lost 90 pounds through calorie counting alone. No exercise AT ALL. And I've kept it off, due to the mental retraining the process took. (reading labels, like you do) I always assumed exercise would increase metabolism and make me hungrier, so I avoided it.

My key discovery early on: eating healthfully and eating to lose weight are extremely different games.
I ate crap that I liked in VERY small quantities. I ate a Snickers bar for lunch every day because it was easy calorie and portion control. My coworkers thought I was nuts, but I lost 90 pounds, so who's laughing?

It's not fun, but it DOES feel good when you need to buy smaller jeans every couple of months!

Fortunately, I didn't have any allergy issues to contend with. Have they positively determined you have dairy or gluten issues?