Temptation, thy name is SONIC.


When I decided to eat low carb for a while, I was surprised by a) how good it felt to follow that diet plan and b) how well it worked for weight loss. In just a few weeks, I lost 10 pounds.

Then my brother-in-law died. And I started a new job. Life just got crazy in general, and I haven’t exactly been coping well. I have, however, been coping with food. Like I do.

But a couple weeks ago, I woke up on a Friday morning and decided that I’d had enough. I ate a healthy breakfast of oatmeal (I said healthy, not low-carb) and when it came time for lunch, I racked my brain for a fast, convenient solution. Preferably one that didn’t require me to get out of my car.

I decided on SONIC and pulled into the drive-thru. I ordered three chicken strips (Not the five that I really wanted. What? I was hungry!) with honey mustard and apple slices. The speaker next to the lighted menu squawked my order back to me correctly, and I pulled up to the window to pay.

After swiping and returning my debit card, the girl in the window handed me a brown SONIC bag. I said “thanks” and drove away. As I was heading back to my office, I thought that the bag looked extremely full for what it was supposed to contain. But I’d glanced at the receipt, and it had my order listed right, so I didn’t worry.

When I pulled into the parking lot, I peeked into my brown bag that was smelling suspiciously of fried goodness and saw a box of fries! What on earth? I didn’t order those! WHY would they give me fries? I DON’T NEED FRIES and FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE, I didn’t want fries.


For a split second ( . . . or two) I considered eating them anyway. Then I remembered SONIC’s stingy practice of including one measly ketchup packet in their bags, and I decided it wasn’t worth it. So I walked directly to the dumpster outside our building and threw the fries in the trash.

Yes, I did. Feel free to applaud. Because, SERIOUSLY. I threw away fries, people! This is big!

I walked up to my office, feeling pretty darned proud of myself and pretty darn annoyed at SONIC. And then I opened my bag.

I had ordered three chicken strips, honey mustard and apples. I got five chicken strips, ranch dressing, the trashed fries and cheddar bites. Cheddar bites! They gave me pieces of deep-fried cheese!


You might not be surprised to hear that I wasn’t quite as strong with the cheddar bites as I was with the fries. Because I honestly thought at first that they were sweet potato tater tots, I tried one. Then I realized I had no idea what I’d just eaten, and I ate another one. Once I realized what they were, though, I immediately threw them in an trash can across the room only ate a couple more before throwing them away.

And I didn’t eat all the chicken. What was the point? I didn’t have any honey mustard to dip it in!

While some people might be tempted by SONIC’s daily happy hour drink special (mmmmm . . . cherry limeades . . .) or last week’s National Shake Day (mmmm . . . shakes . . .), not me. Apparently temptation will find me on a regular day at lunch when I TRY MY HARDEST TO EAT DECENTLY.

Have you ever been ambushed while trying to eat healthy?

{Photo by scaredykat}

14 Comments Temptation, thy name is SONIC.

  1. Dana Mills June 25, 2012 at 8:07 am

    After finding out I am type 2 Diabetic in May of this year I have been working hard to lose weight & eat healthy….that was till last week. We had bible school at our church and they feed us supper. ugh!!! Sloppy joes, chicken nuggets, pizza, grilled cheese, all with chips, dip & cookies. Yes I could have taken something from home but I just couldnt seem to find the time after work to fix something before bible school. I am in no way blaming bible school just saying how easy it is for me to make excuses. So today starts a new week & a new attitude :) Its all on me my decisions & my choices :) I don’t think I could have thrown those fries away :( Yay for you!!!

    1. Mary @ Giving Up on Perfect June 30, 2012 at 10:47 am

      It is definitely hard when you’re at the mercy of being fed by other people. That happened to me earlier this week at our staff retreat. Although…nobody forced me to eat the M&Ms on the table during meetings…

  2. Jennifer Young June 25, 2012 at 9:24 am

    I feel like every single day there is something trying to sabotage me. Like the Chuck e Cheese birthday party today. I thought about packing a salad, but i thought it would be too embarassing. How’s that for caring too much about what other people think? Ugh.

    1. Mary @ Giving Up on Perfect June 30, 2012 at 10:46 am

      You’re right. Every day brings a challenge or potential sabotage. Our world is just filled with too much tempting food! (Or too much convenient food, as the case may have been at Chuck e Cheese!)

  3. Tonya June 25, 2012 at 11:41 am

    I’ve heard that if you struggle with food to never go to a restaurant that has a drive thru because it’s too much like a drug deal. You hand your money to the person, and they hand you your drug in a paper bag.

    I’m not saying that I abide by this completely, but it is something I am working on. I’m not perfect, either :)

    1. Mary @ Giving Up on Perfect June 30, 2012 at 10:46 am

      Oh my gosh, that is so funny! Totally like a drug deal!

  4. Sarah L June 25, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    I SOoo would have eaten those fries…and been made I hadn’t seen the cheddar bites first. Good for you!!

    1. Mary @ Giving Up on Perfect June 30, 2012 at 10:45 am

      Thanks. And I’ll admit: if it had been mozzarella sticks instead of cheddar bites, they’d have all been gone!

  5. chelleybutton June 25, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    One time I ordered a grilled chicken wrap at McDonald’s and they gave me a crispy one by mistake. I kept ordering the grilled wraps after that, but always secretly hoped they’d make the same mistake again. ;)

    Good job throwing away the fries! It’s like those commercials where you make a good choice and hear applause. :) I forget what they’re for, haha. But anyway, you can blame Sonic for that one for sure. And next time check the bag before you leave. :)

    1. Mary @ Giving Up on Perfect June 30, 2012 at 10:44 am

      I don’t know what those commercials are for either, but I wouldn’t argue with applause following me around in real life. ;)

  6. Kerry @ Made For Real June 27, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    Oh I will be back again soon. I have laughed so hard tonight reading your posts and comments :D

    1. Mary @ Giving Up on Perfect June 30, 2012 at 10:39 am

      Yay! Do come back soon! :)

  7. Maria Gerke July 10, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    Way to go Mary! I am clapping for you and kicking my heels in the air for you! I love the comment about the drug deal. Definately a new way at looking at going throgh the drive thru.

  8. sac à main May 4, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    What’s up, I read your new stuff regularly.
    Your writing style is witty, keep it up!

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