I had a much better time in LA than expected. Our hotel was both a historic and architectural wonder (I felt like I was in the Russian Hermitage). And even though I've been to LA a hundred times, I've never really hung out in the downtown business district. I love soaring skyscrapers and feeling the energy of a bustling, downtown metropolis. Not surprisingly, we also ate at some fabulous restaurants while we were there. Unfortunately, one person in the group managed to make every 'friggen meal a bit of an ordeal with her constant requests: "Can you make that without bread?" "Can I get some basalmic vinaigrette on the side?" "Do you have any plain, unsweetened yogurt?" "No? Well how about some cottage cheese? Fruit salad?" Etc. Etc. <Eye roll> You know the type.
Yeah. Well unfortunately...that a-hole was me.
And I was absolutely mortified. I really wanted to stop, but here's the thing- I think I've permanently changed my eating habits. While I can still guarantee there will be PLENTY of times I'll just want to let loose and chow down (like last night, when I ordered enough food for two 300-lb. truckers)- for the most part, I want to be able to eat the healthy fare I've come to enjoy. And on top of that (cough! cough!), you have to agree that marathoners (yes, even those who are almost in training) are pretty manic about their diet. After all, you never see a marathoner chowing down on nachos and tater tots (which believe me, I FULLY intend to change).