This fast food story is about my “friend,” and it’s so funny that I really wanted to share it with all of you.  She gave me permission to do so, because  my “friend” knows she is not the only one out there with this kind of story.  So here goes…and remember…this story is about my friend (who shall remain nameless).

For the rest of this story, I will be referring to my friend as “I” and “me” just so it doesn’t get too confusing.  Okay?  It will start to sound like a story about me, but just remember…I am writing about a friend!

Today, after running countless errands catching up from taking Spring Break week off, I decided to drive through Wendy’s (again) to pick up a Dave’s Single with cheese (no onions) for lunch.  I didn’t have a lot of time before carpool, so a cheeseburger from the drive-thru was my best and fastest option.

Here’s where the humiliation part begins.  I pulled up to the drive-thru, and I placed my order.  The total, like always, was $4.32.  Yes…I know the total before they even tell me, because I get the same thing every time I go to Wendy’s!

I pulled around to the second window, and the nice young man took my money, gave me my change, and then a nice lady approached the window.  She leaned out and began talking to me.  What she said, made me realize that it might be time to shake things up a bit.

The conversation went like this:

Wendy’s Lady:  Hi!  How are you?  We missed you last week.

My Friend:  Oh yeah…last week was our Spring Break.  We were out of town for a few days.

Wendy’s Lady:  Well, we’re glad you’re back.  Listen…I want you to keep up with your receipt.  When you get home, you need to log on to this website.  There is a survey that takes about 30 seconds.  After you fill it out, Wendy’s will send you a coupon for $2.00 off of any large sandwiches or salad on the menu, and your sandwich that you always order qualifies as a large sandwich.

My Friend:  How nice.  Thank you.

Wendy’s Lady:  Since you’re here so much, you might as well take advantage of this system.  I’m not sure how many times you can take the survey, but $2.00 off is a pretty good deal.

My Friend:  It is.  Thanks for letting me know.

Wendy’s Lady:  You’re welcome.  See you tomorrow (as she laughed)!

I drove off thinking how pathetic this story was going to sound when I told my husband!  I wasn’t sure what his reaction would be.

So I headed towards Sonic as I thought about what had just happened, you know, to get a large Diet Coke (another part of my routine), because we all know that Wendy’s doesn’t have the best diet Cokes.  I pulled in to Sonic, pressed the little red button, placed my order, and I waited for my drink.

And wouldn’t you know it, the young man bringing my diet Coke to me, walks up to the window and says “Hey…you’re back!  You sure drank that first diet Coke fast.”  I just smiled and drove off thinking that I needed to Google all the Sonic and Wendy’s locations so I can mix it up a bit…  I decided that if I have 3-4 different locations, I can spread out my visits so no one figures out my routine so easily!

If you have any questions about Wendy’s or the Dave’s Single with cheese that I order all the time, there is a pretty impressive Wendy’s Website you can visit.  I’m sure you will find whatever information you are looking for.  The information I was looking for was the calorie count of their cheeseburger.  I like to try to make smart choices sometimes when picking my meals, but a lot of times I just want a cheeseburger.  Or something just as yummy…

You might be surprised to learn that a cheeseburger (Dave’s Single with cheese in my case) is 570 calories.  I know, I know…that is a lot of calories for lunch, but I usually only get a cheeseburger on days that I exercise, so it all balances out, right?

And…I don’t ever get the french fries or their yummy frosty.  I’ve been tempted a few times, but I don’t let myself get into that habit.  The cheeseburger for lunch is bad enough.  I’m always surprised by how many calories their salads are.  I always consider getting one, because it seems like a much healthier choice.  It might be, but it certainly doesn’t taste better than my cheeseburger.

And you might be surprised by some of the information I discovered while looking up the calorie count for my cheeseburger.  Wendy’s offers several salads, one of which is their Taco Salad!  Guess what, it might sound healthier than a cheeseburger, but it has a whopping 670 calories!  Look at the picture below…I’m not making this up.

And that’s not the worst of them.  Their Apple Pecan Chicken Salad has 570 calories, and their Spicy Caesar Chicken Salad has 720 calories!  Wow!  For 720 calories, you could probably have my Dave’s Single with cheese and a handful of French fries!

Now Wendy’s all came about because before I was hitting Wendy’s a few times a week for lunch, I was visiting Subway for my lunch.  It wasn’t as easy as Wendy’s, because at Subway, I actually had to get out of my car and go in to order.  Oh my…

Also, the people who worked at Subway came to know me quite well, and I got tired of them knowing exactly what I wanted before I even set foot in the store.  I felt like we were getting a little too close.  So I tried to change it up a bit by going to Wendy’s instead.

Well, look where that got me!  It got me a 570 calorie cheeseburger for lunch instead of a nice, healthy turkey and cheese sandwich.  However, the problem with Subway was that I always got the “meal deal.”  Guess what comes with the “meal deal”??  You guessed it – yummy chips!  Just what I didn’t need.

The turkey sandwich that I got each time I visited Subway is about 280 calories!  Quite a bit less than my Dave’s Single with cheese.  Since I am unable to pass up the chips though, it’s sort of a toss-up.  The chips are about 200 calories per pack.  So what’s a girl to do?  Go for the 570 calorie cheeseburger, or the almost 500 calories that includes a yummy sandwich AND chips?

I think I have a solution…  Like my title said, it’s time to shake things up a bit.  How about a cheeseburger on days that I exercise, and visit Subway on days that I don’t (just don’t get the chips).  That way, neither one of the stores will be able to laugh at me and say “See you tomorrow.”  With 2 fast food restaurants to choose from, they will never know if I’ll be there or not.

I know, the guys at Sonic will always know to expect me (at least once per day), and that will not change.  But I can certainly shake things up a bit by alternating between the two restaurants, right?

And what if I got really crazy and threw in a third restaurant?  Maybe add Jason’s and/or Panera to the mix?

Oh my…it’s getting crazy up in here.  For now, I’ll stick with Wendy’s and Subway, and maybe one of these days, I’ll try eating lunch at home.  Nah…probably not.

So there’s my story about my “friend” and her embarrassing story involving the Wendy’s lady.  Hope you enjoyed it.  Have a great lunch, and let me know what your favorite is!  Until next time…

P.S.  If I left you wondering what my husband’s reaction was, here you go…  Of course, his reaction was just to smile sweetly, laugh politely, and sort of look at me like “how sad and pathetic”.  And then he said “You should totally write about that on your blog.”