Day 124: Controversial Post: Restaurants & People

Submitted by BaylorBlondie on Mon, 08/28/2006 - 2:49pm.

This past weekend, we went to visit my mother-in-law in the Houston area.  For lunch, we stopped at a local Tex-Mex restaurant.  While they did have a few salads on the menu, I really wanted my cheese enchiladas.  (For you Yankees, this is a tortilla with cheese inside, wrapped, and covered in melted cheese).  Sorry Sonoma Diet.  I figured that since I was having water and consciously not snacking on the chips and salsa, it would be ok.  My food arrived, and I began eating small bites since it was so hot.  While waiting for my entree to cool, I started people watching and became horrified. 

Upon glancing at neighboring tables and patrons who were entering the restaurant, it became quickly clear that almost 90% were quite overweight, some even obese.  I then looked to see what they had ordered.  Not surprisingly, none of these people were ordering a salad.  They had massive amounts of fried, greasy food with oil still floating on the top of the cheese.  At this point, I truly was so disgusted that I could not finish my meal.  To clarify, I was not grossed out at the sight of an overweight person (both my parents are overweight), but it really hit me that they did not get this way overnight.  It was small steps like having meals such as this on a daily basis.  How many times had they said, “Oh, I’ll just splurge this one time.”
It was quite the wake up call that every food/exercise choice I make, no matter how small at the time, builds up.