Craving Fried Chikken

Fall weather has definitely arrived in Portland. Cold, damp, rainy, weather plus the trees are changing.

I love the autumn leaves. Despite the cold and rain, it’s my favorite time of year.

Yesterday was a very stressful day at work. Lots of pressure, lots of stress. Plus it was a potluck. I went for a walk at lunch to avoid the potluck and get some fresh air. I had forgotten to bring food to participate plus I knew that the mood I was in I’d make bad choices. So it was a Lean Cuisine for me, then a walk to Washington Park.

If you follow me on Twitter you saw this ridiculous statement:

I very rarely crave anything fried. Usually my cravings center around sweets and chocolate. But damn, all I wanted was a bunch of fried chicken with mashed potatoes and warm, flaky biscuits! After much debate with Michael, he finally said I should just workout 10 minutes longer after work and we’ll go get fried chicken. Yay!

I got to the gym with my swimming bag and saw that all the cardio machines were gone. Yep…the gym was one big, dark, empty space. Now I know they are doing a remodel, but….? What? I got in the pool and swam my little butt off. I usually swim 1.25 miles in about 42 minutes or so.

This time, I did that little extra mileage for a total of 1.5 miles (with 2 extra lengths for fun). It felt fantastic. I lounged in the hot tub, my muscles sore from yoga, and fantasized about the fried food I was going to be eating shortly! On my way out, I asked the front desk about the cardio machines. He said they were moved to the new floor, but turned off for a few days. However, I can use another gym nearby.

When I walked in the door at home, I immediately saw this:

Yes, that is a Costco sized bag of Halloween candy. And yes, Butterfingers are my favorites. Dammit.

Temptation is everywhere!

Michael and I headed out the door to eat at the Delta Cafe. It’s a hip cafe that serves Southern food. I’ve heard good things about it, but never eaten there. When we arrived it was almost 8pm and there was a line out the door. 🙁 There was probably at least an hour wait to eat. There was no way I’d last that long. Swimming causes me to sink into a dark, desperately hungry hole and I MUST eat now. There’s no waiting an hour for food.

The Fried Chicken plan was thwarted. 🙁

There was greasy Chinese food, pizza, burritos, or Thai food nearby. None of those sounded very good to me. We stopped at a sushi place instead, Tani’s Japanese Kitchen & Sushi Bar. We got a table immediately (thank god) and I ordered a salad to tide me over.

It was really good. I think it was cabbage and cucumber, carrots and peanuts with a rice vinegar dressing. I liked it a lot. Michael got a miso soup. He wasn’t feeling too great so he stuck with water. I had a glass of dry Riesling.

The place was cute. It seemed like a friendly neighborhood restaurant. A lot of the patrons seemed to be on first name basis with the sushi guys, so that was kind of cool.

I was in a fog of hunger so I’m not positive what we ordered…Philly Roll, Spicy Tuna Roll, Spicy California Roll with Crab and some specialty roll with shrimp and avocado.

The sushi was delicious. Not quite the fried chicken I was craving, but the salt content in the soy sauce seemed to satisfy a little bit of the craving.

Michael and I both agreed we ordered 1 too many rolls. Neither of us really wanted to take home the leftovers, either. I’m not a big fan of sushi the next day. It just seems wrong…

We called it a night. I was jazzed and wanting to stay up a bit later, do something, go somewhere…but Michael was sick and honestly I knew my energy level would be crashing shortly. And it did! I was suddenly exhausted from the day. The stress at work had caught up to me, and the extra hard swim finally fatigued my whole body.

We did break into that Halloween candy though. I ate 4 of the miniature Butterfingers for dessert. Just because they are bite sized, doesn’t mean they are free calories! 4 minis equaled a regular sized candy bar (and over 300 calories). Oh well.

QUESTION: Do you ever crave weird things? Do you give in?

Author: Lisa Eirene

About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and

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