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Pretty much every evening, after K takes a shower she walks out and says :

“I’m fat. Tomorrow I start my diet.”

I usually tell her that she’s not fat and she doesn’t eat that much, etc. Ya know, I’m taking the standard husband approach.

The next day K wakes up and she starts out with something small, generally yogurt and fruit, if yogurt is available (not too often in Laos but almost everywhere in Thailand and Cambodia) and then we leave to do whatever it is we do. We’ll follow Tuesday as a good example…

Before we left the guesthaus, Kelly informs me that her new “diet” is just eating “shakes”. In SE Asia, there are an abundance of fruit shakes available, usually made with the tropical fruit of your choosing (pineapple, apple, banana, mango, etc) blended with ice, condensed milk, sugar and maybe some secret ingredient (tea powder?).. Thres shakes are pretty good for you if the vendor doesn’t drop in a cup of condensed milk and a 1/2 cup of sugar, which generally requires that you watch  the vendor while they make and interrupt the process as saying “no sugar” followed by the vendor nodding really has no effect on the process.

So ok fine, K is only going to drink shakes on her new diet. I don’t even bother arguing with her because I know she can’t live up to this plan of hers.

We left on bikes for Angkor Wat and after a a couple small bananas and oranges as snacks during the day, I grow hungry and decide it if time for lunch. I order Amok(e) (Cambodian curry type thing) and K orders her mango shake. I start eating, K is drinking and then she decides that she really needs something else too. She orders a big plate of fried, mixed vegetables. Fried meaning, stir fried. The only deep fat frying we’ve seen has been in Thailand, which has wonderful fried chicken available thoughout.

So she’s off to a pretty good start. I mean she threw the shakes only approach out the window all of 3 hours into the day, but veggies aren’t bad. She’s doing good.

After some more riding and touring, she needs a pepsi, whcih K doesn’t drink much of at home but she stops and gets her pepsi and we drink some water.

Some more riding and K decides she really deserves a treat…and ice cream treat! We hunt around for some ice cream and she walks away happy with one of those pre-made chocolate ice cream cones with chocolate topping. Is this a shake? Hrm…Diet going downhill.

After our ride back to the city, we see some roasted ducks hanging in a vendor stall and stop there. K proceeds to order roast duck on steamed rice, followed by giant plate of stir0fried vegetables. After eating all this, she tells me that she needs more duck. Her plate wasn’t big enough, despite the fact that the other Cambodians are just eating one plate of food, not two like she just did. She searches for another shake. . They make her one.

Yesterday, on her “diet”, we stopped at Lucky Burger, which is basically a McDonalds, Burger King, KFC and A&W rolled into one. It is surprisingly good…and air conditioned! Kelly orders Bacon Burger, coke, fries and 6 pc chicken nuggets and then tells me it isn’t so bad because the portions are really small here 🙂


2 Responses

  1. Don’t forget my glazed donut! And I know…I SUCK

  2. All that puking I am sure will help with the diet!

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