Day 23: How to beat the system

I have to confess to having and giving in to a major junk food craving today.  I don’t know what it was, too little sleep, too much work stress …  whatever it was, I was starving at lunch.  Starving in the way where only bad food sounds good.

So I went to the local sandwich shop to grab something to eat.  Now at this particular sandwich shop, they happen to make the best steak and cheese sandwiches ever (or at least in this immediate neighborhood).  I don’t get them often but when I am in the mood for greasy food, it’s a real easy (and delicious) win.  When I went today, I went resigned to the fact that I was going to have to get a turkey sandwich with lettuce and tomato and probably some cheese to take the edge off.  No steak and cheese for me. Because as you all know:

Steak = Red Meat= Against the Rules

However, when I went up to the counter to place my order, a little yellow sign on the back wall grabbed my attention.  It read:

New!  Chicken Cheese Steak Sandwich

Yes!! I felt a sense of pure elation rush over me, and before I knew it I was ordering a small chicken cheese steak with peppers, onions and hot sauce.  I added a bag of Baked Lays and and caffeine-free Diet Pepsi just for kicks.  All junk food, all the time…   But technically speaking, I broke no rules.  I am allowed to eat chicken, I took no vow to avoid cheese, and eating vegetables is in fact encouraged.  There was no caffeine in the soda, and the chips were’nt deep fried.

But I seriously violated the entire philosophy behind The Challenge. I knowingly beat the system.  It really wasn’t all that hard.  And I kinda feel a little bad about it I guess… a little dirty even.  I am only cheating myself, right?

But damn, that sandwich was good.  And I have baked tofu and salad on the menu for dinner.


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