Don't Let's Call It a Diet

“What’s taters, precious?”

Sam :   What we need is a few good taters.

:   What’s taters, precious? What’s taters, eh?

Sam :   Po-tay-toes. Boil ’em, mash ’em, stick ’em in a stew. Lovely big golden chips with a nice piece of fried fish.

Sam :   Even you couldn’t say no to that.

Gollum :   Oh yes we could. Spoilin’ nice fish. Give it to us raw and wrigglin’. You keep nasty chips.

Sam :   You’re hopeless.

(The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers)

I got back a little late for fixing dinner tonight. Since the kids were at their father’s house, Pure Luck and I went out to Ruby Tuesday, where I ordered a small steak with steamed broccoli and a baked potato.

"Butter and sour cream?"

"No, just plain,"  I answered heroically.

Time dragged by as I watched Pure Luck eat his soup. Finally dinner arrived! I looked at my plate. The potato? Covered with butter, inside and out.

I sent it back, precious.

26 thoughts on ““What’s taters, precious?””

  1. Each of those decisions *is* heroic and each of them makes such a difference. It is awful that they messed up your orderv It is glorious that you were able to send it back. You go, Songbird! Rosa

  2. Oh, you’re good! I’d have eaten it and felt “justified” because it was “their
    mistake…I had all the best intentions, ya know…good for you. I bet it was all the more delicious.

  3. And did you enjoy your potato?
    Have you heard Cheryl Wheeler’s potato song ( ? and you can hear it (sung by others) at The chorus is to the tune of the Mexican jumping bean song, and it stresses every syllable of potato at the end of each line as it works through–if you sing it right, you’ll end with a full potato at the end.

  4. Via Katherine E.’s blog, here I am. I am so very impressed with your fortitude in “not” dieting, but choosing “health.” I have been doing the opposite for weeks–and tonight my 17 year old daughter MJ brought home m&m’s from her youth leadership meeting. I’ve been craving chocolate all day–and have been gulping them down. Another friend in my south Texas town has been going to Weight Watchers for several months, and her skirt practically falls off of her. In contrast, I am eating. . . .If it’s okay, I’ll keep reading your blog to get inspired. I need something to motivate me! Thanks for posting. And you did GREAT at dinner!

  5. WooHoo! That’s being assertive for yourself! Way to go girl!!! Have you ever seen the PBS show Red Green? He has a phrase to the guys “I’m pulling for you, keep your stick on the ice.” Ditto to you! Only, I’ll raise my (celery) stick in the air to ya! 😉 –Karla

  6. my favourite is jacket potato skins – I only put salt on them – and they are far far better than the potato itself and crispy (if cooked well) and GREAT
    you are inspiring me … but also making me drool over STEAK

  7. Yea!!!!!! So proud of you and for you Songbird. I usually order a sweet potato plain and sprinkle a tad of Splenda on it… much more satisfying.

  8. What willpower! It sounds like you are really ready to tackle this thing head-on. Way to go! (And I ‘showered’ the table with tea last week!)

  9. Here’s what I want to know: people that walk 12 miles in a day? What is it that they do for a living, that they have that kind of time for walking!?
    A rhetorical question, mostly! but understand that I have so much READING to do that I couldn’t possibly walk that much in a day…not until my library’s download-books-to-mp3 program gets going.
    🙂 Hooray for you and your potato. I had grits for breakfast this morning with just salt and pepper (having been inspired by this post). They were surprisingly good. Butter? Who needs it!?
    Wants it, yeah. that’s different.

  10. MB, bear in mind when he works he does nothing but, and then he has months off between jobs. So that explains 12 miles in a day.

  11. Good job!!
    (FWIW, you can also use FF cottage cheese to top a potato, or the cottage cheese/yogurt “sour cream”. Not bad.)

  12. Yes, I thought of that as I was eating the potato last night. The cottage cheese would have gone pretty well.
    Today at lunch I experimented with Fat Free Miracle Whip. Not the greatest thing ever, but better than dry tuna, definitely.

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