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Sweet (and Salty) Dreams
By Karlie Tipton
July 9, 2015
Over the past twelve weeks, I have eaten more than sixty bags of frozen vegetables, thirteen pounds of tilapia, and more chicken than I care to remember. I have also consumed zero cheeseburgers, not one piece of cake, and .25 burritos (I’ve had the lettuce and the tomato, but nothing else). The reason for my pitiable lack of salt, sugar, and Mexican food? I’ve been on two sessions of trainer Travis Garza’s forty-two day fitness challenge. During those more than 42 days, challengers follow a strict diet and exercise regimen. And when I say strict, I mean burpees, squats, and bicycles at 6:15 in the morning before going home to eat egg whites and veggies strict.
I’m not complaining, of course (of course!). I’ve lost nearly fifty pounds, which is amazing. I‘m finally starting to see my own face in the mirror again, and I’m not slogging through every day like I’m wearing fifty-pound weights around my neck. But that kind of change requires a tremendous amount of willpower. Three months ago, I was giving my body what it wanted, and now I’m giving my body what it needs. However, as of Saturday, my second challenge will be over and I’ll get a little culinary reprieve before hopping (staggering?) back on the wagon of health. Thinking about this day is one of the things that has gotten me through every bland chicken breast with green beans, every egg white and cauliflower scramble. Here are the glorious eats that have haunted my dreams for the last three months.
-Bacon, egg, and cheese waffle from Waffle Champion in Oklahoma City. Served on a crispy and sweet Liege waffle, this is the breakfast of champions, as long as they don’t plan on being physically active any time soon.
-Cookie butter crepe from The One Cafe in Edmond. If all of the good things in the universe were rolled into an ultra-thin pancake and served with whipped cream, it would taste something close to this.
-BREAD!!! PASTA!!! Okay, ALL OF THE CARBS!!! from Pete’s Place in Krebs. I can only say I’ll try to use a fork instead of just shoveling it all into my face. But no promises.
-Sweet potato waffle fries from Cafe Alley in Ardmore. People, they come with marshmallow and cinnamon dipping sauce.
-Chicken burrito from Taco Bell. I have no explanation or excuse for this one.
-Mexican chocolate pecan pie from Green Chile Kitchen in Yukon. Not the whole pie, just a slice (or four).