Trey’s #getONNIT Blog – Week 7

Trey’s #getONNIT Blog – Week 7

Guy Fieri and apple cobbler in a jar in a box in a backpack in a security line nearly caused us to miss a flight last week. At least, that would’ve been my excuse had we been shit-outta-luck in the Phoenix airport.

My co-host, Brad Kellner, and I were traveling back to Austin from Arizona after broadcast live from the Texas Rangers’ spring training facility outside of Phoenix. Friday’s show finished at noon. Because our flight home didn’t leave until three, we decided to grab a quick bite near the airport.

Brad is a BIG Guy Fieri fan. I know, it’s off-putting to me, too. Brad likes Guy, in part, because he’s so despised. But he also likes Guy’s TV show, Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. The program is a novel concept: showcase restaurants in popular cities around the country that serve delicious food for a nominal cost.

On our final day, Brad looked up where Guy visited in Phoenix. Ultimately, we decided on The Duce. The menu looked enticing, and it was less than ten minutes from the airport.

We arrived at The Duce two hours before our flight. After ordering, we realized they served mouth-watering desserts, including something called, ‘pie in a jar’. The peach cobbler drew a rave review from one Duce employee. We decided to add that to the tab after finishing lunch.

The food arrived 90 minutes prior to departure time. I finished mine first, 75 minutes before our scheduled flight. No worries. We’re close to the airport, and dessert usually comes out quickly.

USUALLY. But at the Duce, that’s not the case. They make everything from scratch, including baking their pies in jars in the oven for a good 10-15 minutes.

With 65 minutes to go before our (on-time) flight was slated to take off, we asked to take the peach cobbler in a jar to go. They reluctantly agreed, loading the pie, encased in a glass jar, into a to-go box. Unfortunately, they didn’t have any plastic forks so we could eat on the go.

As we rode to the airport, sweating the time, Brad said he would shove the pie in a jar in a box into his backpack. But what about airport security, I asked? He thought they allowed food thru.

Eventually, we dropped the rental car off, took a shuttle to the terminal, checked our bags, and made it thru a lengthy security line, all the way to the checkpoint where they check your ticket and ID. Still 20 minutes to spare. We felt good about our chances.

But then one of the TSA agents noticed we were at the wrong part of the airport. In our haste, Brad mistakenly looked at his ticket for the connecting flight in Albuquerque. We should’ve been at terminal D, not terminal A.

We made the short walk to security checkpoint D. To our delight, the line was short. The x-ray machine scanned us with 10 minutes to spare. As we re-acquainted shoes with feet and pockets with phones and wallets, I noticed they’d pulled Brad’s bag aside. I pointed it out and promised to stall at the gate until he arrived.

Walking away, I realized what happened. The pie in the jar in the box in the backpack piqued the TSA’s interest. Just in case they did let him thru with the cobbler, I grabbed two forks at an eatery en route.

The last of the passengers on our flight were scanning their tickets as I approached the ticketing agent. I explained the dilemma and asked what time the doors closed. Five minutes, he said, asking for my travel companion’s name. Just then, Brad appeared at the gate. He, and we, had made it with just minutes to spare.

We made our way down the jet way, the last two people to board the plane.

“Was the pie in a jar the issue?” I asked.

“Yeah. I told the TSA guys, I know what y’all are looking at. Please promise me you’ll hold onto this rather than throw it away. I promise it’ll be worth it.”

“Did they confiscate it?”

“Nah, it’s in my backpack.”

“Well, then I guess these will come in handy,” I replied, holding up the two plastic forks.

We shook our heads and laughed. The pie in a jar in a box in a backpack in a security line was totally worth it. Thanks, Guy Fieri!

If we hadn’t made that flight, there would’ve been plenty of excuses. And those excuses would’ve been bullshit. Most excuses are bullshit. But they don’t have to be.

Contrary to popular opinion, excuses can be used to propagate positive behavior. That’s the attitude I took into completing my Onnit workouts while in Arizona.

Because we were away from Austin all week, it meant I wouldn’t see my trainer Chris on Tuesday and Thursday. Instead, he offered up two different body weight workouts.

I knew that once we left our Arizona rental house in the morning, my free time would be limited until much later at night. So, if I wanted to get those workouts in, I’d have to wake up early. Like 5:30am early. Whatever time you usually wake up, consider arising 60-to-90 minutes earlier tomorrow morning to work out. Not very enticing, is it? But I did it. And I felt much better off for doing so each day, too.

We all have excuses for our diet, exercise habits, workplace productivity, family life, and every other aspect of life. If you want to reverse a bad habit, start by addressing the excuses. Find reasons to make something happen, rather than to put it off for another day. Onnit Gym helped me to better understand that idea, in making effort to create the time to address my own physical fitness. Which I definitely need, after stuffing my face with food from a Guy Fieri-endorsed restaurant.


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Trey Elling

March 12th, 2018

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