Pop Quiz

Post ImageTime for a pop quiz! I hope you’ve all been paying attention, since this test represents twenty-five percent of your final semester grade.

1. When a friend presents you with a box of Cheez-Its, do you…

  1. Politely refuse with, “No thank you! I’m watching my girlish figure!”
  2. Take a handful, because, well, you know, mustn’t be rude?
  3. Take a hand off as you embark upon a shark-like feeding frenzy?

2. Your coworkers bring three dozen Krispy Kreme donuts to work (and they’re still warm). Do you…

  1. Politely refuse with, “No thank you! I’m watching my girlish figure!”
  2. Watch and drool as others partake, greatly tempted to grab one for yourself, yet you somehow resist?
  3. Shout, “Hey, look! There goes Elvis!” then grab thirty for yourself as all heads turn?

3. Your family takes you to Red Robin (home of the “Bottomless Fries” basket) to celebrate a minor event (such as the arrival of Friday). Do you…

  1. Order a salad with extra spinach and a teaspoon of dressing (on the side, of course)?
  2. Get your usual meal but save half of it for lunch tomorrow?
  3. Cause Red Robin’s stock price to plummet as you deplete their current fiscal year’s supply of potatoes?

4. You wake up one morning absolutely starving. Do you…

  1. Fix two pieces of whole wheat toast with a light coating of I Can’t Believe This Cheap Substance Isn’t An Actual Dairy Product?
  2. Eat a Strawberry Pop-Tart?
  3. Cause Cap’n Crunch’s stock price to soar as your breakfast actions exceed analysts’ third quarter estimates?

5. On the opposite end of the day, it’s eleven o’clock and you’re about to go to bed. But for some inexplicable reason, you’re still hungry. Do you…

  1. Brush your teeth and hit the sack, full knowing that filling your belly right before sleep is the worst possible thing you can do?
  2. Eat a Strawberry Pop-Tart?
  3. Build yourself a four-foot-tall Dagwood Sandwich in the hopes that in doing so just this once, you might fill yourself up for a week and therefore actually turn this disaster into a positive experience?

Give yourself one point for every “a” answer, two points for every “b” answer, and three points for every “c” answer. How do you rate…?

0 — You are amazing. You shall weigh 80 pounds the rest of your life.
1 to 17 — Not bad but could be a little better. Try cutting down on the time you spend awake.
18 to 155 — Not only is your Switch in the “off” position, it’s actually been disconnected by the utility company.

Week 1
Start Date June 20, 2010
Change from Last Week n/a
Start Weight 230.0
Current Weight not sure
Total Lost not sure

At the end of week one, I find myself with a quiz score in the eleven to thirteen range. I’m definitely no longer eating twenty-seven thousand calories of Pringles each week, but I’m still not what I would consider “on”. Yet. That said, I did find myself at a Dairy Queen two nights ago and I ordered: nothing. Yes, even with the Blizzard’s Twenty-Fifth Anniversary in full force, I celebrated with a sixteen ounce cup of air. So at this point, a couple days into Week Two, I will go with “cautiously optimistic?”

How about you? How’d your quiz score turn out?

10 Responses to “Pop Quiz”

Tish said
June 29, 2010 at 1:39 pm

My switch is “on.” Loved that post, BTW. I’m a saint–definitely deserve to weigh 80 for the rest of my days. Scary family vacay coming up, though. We’ll see how shiny my halo is after a run in or two with s’mores around the campfire.

Biz said
June 29, 2010 at 3:42 pm

My switch is “on” too – but I’ll never be 80 pounds!!

My weigh in is tomorrow for the first time in a month, and I don’t feel any different, although my legs feel stronger because of the bike riding – tomorrow we shall see! 😀

p.s. I’ve still never been to a Red Robin!

    Charlie said
    July 1, 2010 at 8:19 am

    Come visit me and we’ll drive by their parking lot, safely outside the gravitational pull of the bottomless fries.

Helen said
June 30, 2010 at 7:51 am

My switch is getting flipped off and on right now. Which is pretty much where I’d bet most of us are. Well, at least most of us who have to take family trips to Dairy Queen, Red Robin and have 9,000 picnics scheduled between now and Labor Day.

BTW, I tried all afternoon yesterday to get in and kept getting your “go away” screen. I thought you had blocked me because you saw my secret answer about the Cheez-Its.

    Charlie said
    July 1, 2010 at 8:20 am

    I have no idea what happened to the site yesterday. Eventually just fixed itself. I’m positive Cheez-Its were behind it. They can’t be trusted.

TexasDeb said
June 30, 2010 at 10:39 am

I am stuck in bed with an ankle sprain (epic!) after a really stupid accident (as opposed to a smart one….). Anyhoodle, I am reasonably proud not to be bringing the entire Cheez-it box in to bed with me and will simply say, eating take out (I am the only one who will cook dinner around here) for every evening meal is not as much fun as it sounded.

laura said
June 30, 2010 at 2:47 pm

haha an entertaining quiz….i don’t know WHAT my answers would be…but thanks to you *evil look* i am now craving krispy kremes!!!!!! xx

Michelle said
July 1, 2010 at 6:49 am

Love the Savage Chickens. A friend got my husband a t-shirt with them on it that says:

Run a marathon?

I’d rather poke my eyes out with a fork!

He wears it when he comes to watch me finish a marathon. He’s gotten some interesting looks.

Good score – I think being more in the middle is better than being too regimented!! Keep at it Charlie – you can do it…just stay away from the Krispy Kremes – they are sugar crack! 🙂

Jason said
July 2, 2010 at 10:19 am

I scored 13! I will now cut down on the time I spend awake. Thank you for this enlightening quiz!

Joe Spammer said
July 13, 2010 at 11:38 pm

Eating, loving, singing and pooping are, in actuality, the four acts of the mirthful opera known as the freshness, and they pass like bubbles of a grit of champagne. Whoever lets them break without having enjoyed them is a entire fool.

Sent from my iPad 4G

[Another bit of spam just strange enough to be approval-worthy. –Charlie]

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Things I Don’t Understand

June 1st, 2009

Not to toot my own horn, but I’ve always considered myself slightly smarter than the average bear. I primarily watch history and science shows on television. I know off the top of my head that the gamma factor in relativity theory is equal to one over the square root of one minus v-squared over c-squared. […]

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Food and Money

May 29th, 2009

Nothing quite brings these two topics closer together than going out to eat. If you’re familiar with me and my writing I like cheap food. And more than that, I just like being cheap period. I highly dislike spending money for no reason at all; and for me “fancy food” gets really darn close to […]

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Ask and Ye Shall Receive

May 28th, 2009

Last week I asked for some help on this whole blogging thing, and boy did I get it. First up, thanks for all the comments. Really, really. Comments are how I know real, live human beings are showing up every day and not just two hundred scammers trying to sell fake watches and cheap pharmaceuticals. […]

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Dang It

May 27th, 2009

I didn’t get a chance to write a post last night. I got up early to try and write one this morning, but that didn’t work out. I now have four minutes. It’s do or die time. Write a post or skip yet another day. Okay, just as an experiment, let’s see what I can […]

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May 26th, 2009

At times there are foods so spectacularly good, I alone cannot find the words to properly describe them. Though I do not speak of Pringles as often as other foods around here, this does not diminish my love of this well-formed, duck-billed potato crisp. So let us turn to the works of prose of the […]

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Happy Memorial Day

May 25th, 2009

I’d write more, but I gotta start making burgers for grilling. (In other words, I’m taking the day off. Hopefully you can too!) But speaking of burgers, check this out: Click on the image for more. I wants me one of them!

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Tom Wilson

May 22nd, 2009

First of all, thanks for all the comments yesterday. I will respond soon. In the meantime, here’s the promised Friday Fun! I’m not sure if you’ve ever noticed, but my blog’s logo kind of looks like the Back to the Future logo. (Ha ha.) If you’ve ever seen that movie, then you already know Tom […]

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May 21st, 2009

I created this Thursday category, “No Help Here” in order to provide you, the cool kids, with any sort of dieting-related “advice” my warped mind could come up with. Every once in a while it works out that way, most other times I simply try to write a joke or two, or even review a […]

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May 20th, 2009

Sarah, just finishing up her sophomore year in high school, brought home her yearbook yesterday. I flipped through it for perhaps a quarter hour, marveling at how the more things change, the more they stay the same. While the hair and the clothes and the number of pages printed in full color have changed quite […]

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May 19th, 2009

Two hundred and ninety five days ago, when I embarked on this latest quest, my main goal was to get blood sugars back to reasonable levels. This was when I decided to focus on low glycemic foods and not worry so much about calories. It didn’t take long, however, (two hours?) for me to realize […]

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Two in One

May 18th, 2009

I took a day off last Monday so this week you get double the pleasure, double the fun. (But no Doublemint gum. Well, unless you just go buy some on your own.) Anyway, before telling any stupid jokes or making obscure movie references or rambling on as I typically do, I want you to check […]

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Johnny Fins

May 15th, 2009

About a week ago we visited a new restaurant called Johnny Fins. (Well, the restaurant itself isn’t new. It was just new to us.) A soon-to-expire twenty-five dollar off coupon drove us there. If you’re not familiar with the area around Lake Travis in Austin, to get to anywhere around the lake (by car) you […]

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In Defense of Fad Diets

May 14th, 2009

You know the routine by now. Flip the channel, open a magazine, or click a link and you’re confronted with yet another in-depth piece of journalism talking about how horrible fad diets are. “Don’t eat a diet solely of grapefruit for the rest of your life,” they wisely tell us. Um…okay. This is obvious, obvious […]

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Thirty Things

May 13th, 2009

Back in February and March, I took five of my Leftovers posts in a row to go through Twenty-Five Odd Facts and Figures You May or May Not Already Know About Me. Of course, no one has just twenty-five things about them and I found it difficult to narrow my life down to just that. […]

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Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup

May 12th, 2009

You probably know the song Love and Marriage by Frank Sinatra. In fact, there’s maybe even a fifty-fifty chance you know it without ever having seen Married: With Children. It’s a classic song, but in our house, it goes something like this: Soup and sandwich Soup and sandwich Go together like … something witty that […]

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Day Off

May 11th, 2009

Takin’ a day off. Double the results next Monday!

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Carnival Pizza

May 8th, 2009

If you’re not eating out at a restaurant and you’re not ordering in and you’re not at a friends house, yet you’re still not eating your own food, well, then you must be on a cruise. A little over five years ago the family decided to go on a cruise. The kids were a bit […]

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New Diet Tips

May 7th, 2009

I’ve got some new diet tips for you today. And by that I don’t mean “diet tips that are brand new,” but instead, “tips for starting a new diet.” If you’re like me, and you probably are given the subject matter of this blog, you’ve had more than a few days in your past that […]

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Listening to my iPod

May 6th, 2009

I got my first (and, so far, only) iPod just a couple years ago. (I’m the type of person who’s fairly late catching up on trends, which means I’m at least four years away from even thinking about an iPhone.) Upon receiving my shiny new iProduct, like most people I ripped a few of my […]

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Toast and Hot Chocolate

May 5th, 2009

Everybody has a perfectly decadent little treat that they save for rare occasions, such as a birthday, the installation of a new pope, or a sunrise. It’s something you want to indulge in, but you know you shouldn’t—mostly because Oprah told you not to. I have several items in this category, of course (pizza and […]

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