Burger King, McDonald’s, Cook Out, Long John Silver’s, Wendy’s, Arby’s, Taco Bell, KFC, Hardee’s, Bojangles, Chick-fil-a, Sonic… the list goes on. Those are fast food places that I haven’t had one bite from in two whole years. December 29, 2013 was the last time I had fast food. I can’t remember what it was, but I am thinking it was a Big Mac from McDonald’s. I think it was that because it was the first Big Mac I had had in a long while. Even if that’s not the last fast food I had, I do remember that last Big Mac as a total let down. I was a quarter pounder guy and wanted something different so I went back to a former favorite. The flavors were all weird and not at all enjoyable. McDonald’s for me was mostly a “run out, grab two breakfast burritos and hurry back home” deal at that point anyway. If it wasn’t the last thing I had, it was definitely a catalyst for stopping.
I decided on whatever reason that I was done with fast food. One, it wasn’t good for me because of the sodium mixed with the fat mixed with whatever else. Two, it’s not cheap. Three, I was just plain tired of it all. So, I do remember that December 29, 2013 I told myself that I wasn’t going to eat it for a while. I didn’t know how long, but anyone that knows me (or has read this blog for any amount of time) knows that I have a thing with “streaks.” It turned out that I had gone three months straight without any fast food. Then it was six, then nine, then a year (whoo hoo!!) then eighteen months and now here we are at two years.
The caveat here is that I have had Subway and Jimmy Johns. Because of their “deli” style aspect, I don’t include them in my definition of fast food. You may disagree with me, Dear Reader, but I’m sticking by that. Yes, I know that they use cold cuts that are high in sodium, but I have to eat something and out of all the options I listed at the top of this post, I figured this was the healthiest way to go. That being said, I haven’t had either of those in at least three months. I have had a sandwich from Tropical Smoothie Cafe, but again, it’s not all the fried crap that comes with traditional fast food. And, again, I have to eat something.
I was willing to put the streak on hiatus – and yes, I know that means breaking it – had I run across a White Castle whilst The BCPF and I were in Chicago, but I didn’t and the streak was preserved. I have spent money at fast food restaurants as I have purchased things for 3B. I’m not anti-fast food and I am not pushing my choice on others to take up, I just choose not to eat it at this time. So, when someone else wants it, I have no problem with that.
There are times when I really, really miss it. I’d love to have a double with cheese from Wendy’s. I’d love to try some of the new things Ving Rhames screams at us about from Arby’s. The Burger King commercials are tempting. I’d try a breakfast item from Taco Bell; that started after my embargo. I really miss the fish & chicken meal combo at LJS. But, then there’s the times that I don’t. That brings me to the one that started me on my fast food journey almost thirty years ago: McDonald’s. While at times I do want breakfast burritos and the QPs, really, nothing about it makes me miss it. I almost try to force myself to miss it but really, I don’t. It’s like an old friend that you had a falling out with and you aren’t at all sad that you don’t talk any more. McD’s is only about an eighth of a mile from my house. I walked there the second night I lived here. It was warm and comforting but no more do its golden arches attract me like a moth to a flame. Adieu old friend.
So, think of me when you take your next bite of that Whopper or Big Mac or Baconator or whatever else. Enjoy it. Savor it. Dang! Now I’m hungry.
Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
“Two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun.” – Big Mac jingle from 1976