Last Saturday night, as we huddled under blankets in below-freezing temperatures watching Marian University take on Taylor, my nephew Garrett shook off a pair of first-quarter pass-interference penalties and scooped up a blocked field goal attempt, dashing 73 yards for a touchdown.
It was a memorable night for me as well, as I managed to set a cheat day record with a single-day 8.6 pound weight gain, thanks at least in part to a pregame stop at Ivanhoe’s, a popular off-campus dining spot known for its shakes and sundaes — with 100 of each listed on the menu.
As much as I can pack away on cheat day, though, I’ve noticed that many foods that used to disappear in a hurry around our house are lasting much longer these days. Did I really eat that much? Apparently so. And with one less person competing for the most popular snacks and leftovers since I’ve switched to a modified Slow Carb Diet, it’s also possible that everyone else is more relaxed about getting their share, knowing any cookies that happen to be hanging about aren’t going to vanish within minutes if left unattended.
Anyway, after our family road trip to Garrett’s game — which included my sister Traci organizing a halftime foray to a nearby Starbuck’s for hot chocolate and a postgame stop at Taco Bell — we decided it was time for another family weight loss contest.
“Do I really weigh that much?” Grandpa said, apparently in shock, as he tested out a scale that had been drug down to the kitchen for fresh batteries.
Details were still being sorted out last night, but teams were picked and weigh-in commenced. The contest ends on Christmas Day. How’s that for a holiday dieting challenge?