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Christmas Eve: I Passed! But I Failed!

If you’ve seen the 1985 film “Real Genius,” perhaps you remember this exchange.  Let me give you the context for it.  In the film, Chris (Val Kilmer) has been vexed by a problem he’s encountered while building a laser for one of his professors.  He has just thrown a fit in the dorm’s kitchen when he has a revelation about how to solve his problem.  This epiphany causes him to celebrate, dancing and shouting, and in the midst of his celebration, he runs into his friend Lazlo (Jon Gries).

Lazlo Hollyfeld:  Well, how’d you do?

Chris Knight: How’d I do?  I passed!  But I failed! Yeah!

Lazlo Hollyfeld:  Well, then I’m happy and sad for you.

That’s how I feel about yesterday’s eating.  I passed, but I failed.

Let me explain.

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Food Funerals and Last Meals: Breaking Up is Hard to Do

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One of the last regular meals I’ve eaten today: tacos al carbon at a local Mexican restaurant.

Today is T-minus 3 days and counting until I begin my pre-op diet.  I’m beginning it a week early, as the week I am supposed to begin it I will be teaching workshops to adults.  As I told my teaching partner, “I’d rather not be in carb withdrawal and bitchy while I’m trying to teach these people!”  So I’m going to start a week early to get the withdrawal out of my system.  I figure it can’t hurt anything to begin a week early, and whatever I can do to lose a little more weight before surgery will be a good thing for both me and my surgeon.

But before I start the first stage of the next stage of the rest of my life, I decided that I wanted to have a few “last meals” so to speak.

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