The kids had a half day of school today, which means they were dismissed at 11:30. When I learned about their half-day last week, I promised them that I would take them to McDonald's for lunch. We haven't eaten a meal at McDonald's in three and a half years!
My kids go there with my parents sometimes, and I used to eat there all the time before I lost the weight, but the thought of eating there just brings back bad memories of guilt, so I haven't gone. I do get ice cream cones there a lot, because I never used to get them when I was fat, so I don't associate them with bad feelings. Anyway, I've been trying to let go of all that negativity, and live a more "normal" life--which includes taking the kids to McDonald's on a half-day of school.
Jerry was off work today, so he came along, too. He decided to try something he's never had before--a Big Mac! I used to LOVE Big Macs, and I couldn't believe he's never tried one. When we got there, we noticed the menu had changed SO much since the last time we ate there--the prices are nearly double what they used to be, and there are a lot of sandwiches I've never heard of.
I really didn't want to order greasy food, so I got a Southwest Salad with grilled chicken (8 PP). Jerry got the Big Mac value meal, and the kids got Happy Meals. My salad was pretty good--not completely amazing, but I would get it again in a pinch. Jerry loved the Big Mac--he kept saying he wished he knew how good it was when he was fat, because he would have eaten a lot of them ;)
Will McDonald's become a regular thing? Heck no! But I'm glad we went, because it made me feel "normal" and not so strict about staying away from fast food. I really don't think their food is worth the amount of calories it contains, so I would much rather save those calories for something I really love--like cookies with frosting :)
Thanks so much for all the nice comments on my decision to get certified as a running coach! I honestly have no idea just yet what I plan on doing with the certification. There are lots of online running coaches, but I don't know that I'd want to go that route. When people ask me for running advice, it would be nice to not have to start with, "Well, I'm not really qualified to give advice, but..." ;) So, I have no idea what I'm going to do with the certification, but it will be nice to have options!