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“I’d highly recommend the shrimp pita,” the waiter says. “It’s under 500 calories.”I see it on the sepia-toned menu, along with the minuscule mahi mahi wrap and the five-ounce portions of beef tenderloin and tuna. Next to each item is a series of numbers that, according to a handy decoder, lists not just the price but also the amount of carbohydrates, protein, fat, fiber, sodium, and gluten in the dish.
I'm cutting coupons now, but it wasn't always so. I grew up in a midtown neighborhood with wide streets and big houses, and I learned to play tennis and squash (like tennis but with smaller racquets and larger bank accounts) at a country club around the corner where two previous generations of my dad's family did the same.
The list of workouts I've tried is long and weird. Here's the thing, though: this particular routine has involved a four-foot long rubber pipe with handgrips called a "viper." I swore I'd never workout with objects that have silly names. But my girlfriend dared me.