April's CR Diary

A diary of a 30 year old woman following CRON, or Caloric Restriction with Optimal Nutrition, for health and life extension.

Monday, January 17, 2005

Order One For The Road

I looked up at the sign above the door in the diner today, where I knew I would be doing my last ever diner meeting with nurses. That was the slogan. Seemed appropriate.

Is it hard to say goodbye? I suppose so. I've always been a "make a decision and never look back" kind of person, so perhaps I find this transition less difficult than others would. But it is a big change after nine years of doing one task -- organizing workers -- to contemplate spending all my time and energy doing another.

I'm ready though. In so many ways this is a dream come true. I've always thought that I wanted my contribution to the world to be something involving health, and the health care reform aspects of nurse organizing were always the most exciting to me. Now that I know that we can, if we try hard enough, find a way to reverse aging, I have started to see everyone around me as a ticking time bomb. How quickly I can raise the funds to mobilize the scientists to hunt down aging and death like an outlaw is the main determiner of whether or not those around me will live or die. Talk about motivation!

But you're wondering what I ate today. Today was a testament to the virtues of quick and easy CR, as I was on the road almost all day. Breakfast: cup of eggwhites, scrambled, plus one pint of grape tomatoes. Lunch-ish: iced latte with skim milk. Dinner: stopped at the TGIFriday's in the town where I'm staying and ordered off the (gasp!) Atkins menu! Grilled grouper with some kind of lime sauce and steamed vegetables, salad with vinegar. I am frightened of the olive oil in restaurants, as it is almost certainly sitting out for days before it reaches me, so I just get vinegar when I'm out. Glass of Sterling cabernet -- they didn't have pinot noir. All in all very satisfying, though I wondered if the grouper was a fatty fish and made a mental note to look it up. At least it wasn't salmon.

Now I have much work to do so bye, more later.


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