Anyway, one evening, my brother, my grandma and I were sitting around watching TV. This was a pretty standard evening. Out of the blue, my grandma says, "Stephanie ... there are two types of people in the world." My heart catches a little bit, because it's usually this kind of opener that leads to a slightly - if not significantly - racist remark, but give her a break, she's elderly and has been through a lot. (Though I do often end up yelling at
Then this happens: "There are two types of people in the world ... tea drinkers and chip eaters. Dan and I are tea drinkers, but you Stephanie ... are a chip eater."
I should mention that I was NOT eating chips at the time.
At the time that this conversation took place, it seemed like one of those "grandma" moments, but looking back I see a lot of wisdom in the comment. My brother, tea drinker, didn't eat chips - he was on the University soccer team (starting goalie - so proud!), totally fit, exceptional grades (now in medical school). My grandma - though not in her healthy weight range - eats mostly healthy things, she does love pizza .. and butter. And while both of them do eat chips on occasion, it's rarely a whole bag at once.
It's four years later (approximately - counting is hard) and this conversation still resonates with me. I AM a chip eater! I love them. I love a lot of crunchy things that are terrible for me, but chips top the list. BBQ especially. But not this new age mesquite bbq business, I like the old school flavor that is now only found in the boxed version of Old Dutch.
We're veering off topic and I might be drooling a bit - With Allan's Challenge, and my previous attempts to lose weight, I have, obviously, given up my chip eating ways. Tonight I thought, if I'm no longer a chip eater, maybe I can be a tea drinker?
One of my University habits (along with daily exercise) was a cup of Sleepy Time with a tiny bit of maple syrup (invented when I ran out of honey) - but this only lasted a couple years, and was early in my first degree, before my full fledged chip eater days. Anyway, tonight I decided to revive my tea drinking days, with half a teaspoon honey (30 cals - not sure it was worth it to be honest, but maybe I just didn't steep enough).
So here I am ... Stephanie - Former Chip Eater ---> Current Tea Drinker