Sunday, November 8, 2009

Easily Influenced?

A book (I can't say the book, as I'm reading more than one) I'm currently reading portrays Orson Welles during 1938, the year of the notorious War of the Worlds broadcast. In several passages, Welles's eating habits are described (though how accurately, I don't know) and let's just say he had a BIG appetite. He might skip one baked potato when ordering his two steak dinners, or turn down the second helping of mashed potatoes and gravy when feasting on two plates of piled high fried chicken (without skimping on the biscuits, however), and for the brief period of this "diet" he'll restrain himself with an amazing display of willpower by refusing to order any dessert.

Well, let's just say I've been attempting a diet myself (for going on two years now) and have made enormous progress by holding my weight to the same level during those two years (I call it the Weight Neutral diet) and I've learned to control my eating quite well. Until lately, when I've noticed myself taking liberties.

The other day, at work, they had free breakfast for us weekend workers. Nothing elaborate, just bananas, and cereal, yogurt, Pop-Tarts, bagels, cream cheese, etc. I'd brought my own breakfast consisting of two big breakfast sandwiches, but I nevertheless went over to the little makeshift breakfast table and added a bagel with cream cheese and a banana to my meal. How did I justify this caloric extravagance? I'm not sure, but in the back of my mind, I was thinking about Orson Welles.


  1. My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four. Unless there are three other people.
    - Orson Welles (1915 - 1985)

  2. I was a big guy back in my youth. Played football and stuff. These days I'm thin-moderate and my weight doesn't fluctuate much, even when I splurge. It kind of rocks.

    But people are baffled and amazed when I tell them I used to weigh 230pounds.

  3. It's honestly more important that you have money/access to healthcare.


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