I work for a national concrete chemical and construction material manufacturer. We sell to distributors, who then sell to end users like commercial contractors and some home owners. I cover four states in the Midwest ... Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, and Nebraska. The Heartland. On Thursday morning, I had a breakfast meeting with a customer at Leo's Diner in Omaha, Nebraska. Leo's is a an old-style diner. The kind that's long and narrow in shape, with booths lining one wall and a counter with stools on the other. It even still has the original miniature jukeboxes mounted on the wall at each booth. It's a really cool old landmark in North Omaha.
I'd already eaten after my morning workout, so I wasn't really "that" hungry. But, I thought I'd just join him for some coffee, or eat some fruit or something (real manly ... I know). One thing about the Midwest, especially Iowa and Nebraska, is everyone's as big as a barn. Tall, strong, broad-shouldered men and women. But honestly, while most are just wonderfully friendly and honest people ... most are drastically over-weight. And after about 10 seconds of browsing Leo's menu, it becomes painfully obvious why ...
I began scanning the "food" list for anything remotely healthy ... but it was row after row of deep-fried steak, eggs, pancakes, sausage and gravy combinations ... with cheese and a side buttery potatoes. Not a piece of fruit, bowl of oatmeal, or cup of yogurt in sight. All delicious yes, but the enemy of a runner's diet.
So at this point I had a choice, opt for a cup of coffee or glass of water while everyone else enjoyed the vein-clogging goodies ... or hop right in and get fatter with the rest of 'em. I chose option B. I had a an omelet with no cheese and wheat toast, about as healthy as I could get. I mean I didn't want to be rude. And our sweet waitress, Linda, even knew my customer, Jon, by name. I mean c'mon man ... am I really gonna go to Leo's Diner and not enjoy? Please, all of you would've done the same. I just took one for the team, that's all.
Successful business meeting with a good friend and customer at a fantastic greasy-spoon in the Midwest ... ONE.
Healthy living ... ZERO.
... be great today!