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Baby steps day 6 - Party Girl

Sunday, December 05, 2010

I certainly was one yesterday. We held a poetry reading at the library for a local poet, with refreshments, and afterwards, I went with girlfriends to the first big party of the holidays - and the most lavish. I was responsible for the library function refreshments and though I hadn't forgotten about that, I had forgotten to plan them into the day. It was a real effort to not partake, well. I did have one cookie and one coated pretzel, un-planned, and not at a meal time.

It was funny - with just an ordinary cookie I had to work hard to resist temptation, but at the bigger, tastier, more lavish party I had a much more relaxed time. Oh - I had to count how many bites I ate, but 8 bites is a LOT when it's party fare. When it's really sumptuous, lavish, delicious party fare. Club soda with lemon since, (since I was driving) made for a totally comfortable sensation of control yet indulgence, pleasure with no consequences. Honestly, I felt like I'd had a load of yummy goodness but I never once felt like I'd be sorry for my behavior later on.

I'm thinking back to the last lavish deliciously foodily catered party I attended - about 6 weeks ago. I had my ubiquitous one glass of wine and I went without a plan. And I am positive I nibbled and tasted my way through twice as much party fare. I think my new party motto is EIGHT is ENOUGH. (wasn't there a tv show called that back in the bygone years?) Eight means you can have 2 desert bites. Eight means you can have the crab dip and the cheese soufle on a cracker and still have 4 more yummies - Eight really is enough. Of course, fruits and crudités and veggies are all fine, in pretty much unlimited quantities, just so long as they come solo - no caramel dip. I can do caramel dip anytime. I don't lust for caramel dip but by golly I love me some crab dip. Yum.

So here's the score
1. 30 minutes of walking at lunch time at the gym. ____X___
2. nothing alcoholic for you, my girl. You're driving. ____X___
3. I may have 8 party bites. A bite equals 2 tablespoons. As big as those balls you used to use to play Jacks with. The size of a Ritz cracker with crab dip on it. If I figure each tidbit is 50 calories, that would be 400 - doable party fun. Of course, all plain fruits and vegetables may be enjoyed in unlimited quantities ____X___

Score 17!!! another 15 minutes of goof off time in January!

As for today?

1. walk to the landing with Himself (3 miles - added bonus, see if we can get some mistletoe)
2. 5 fruits and vegetables
3. 8 glasses of water
4. Watch a Christmas movie

What? What does watching a Christmas movie have to do with weightloss or healthy living? Ahh. I will tell you - It is an inedible pleasure - something I intend to substitute, at the point in this long crisp winter day when I want to nibble on something. Instead, I shall pour myself a glass of delicious water, pick up my knitting, and completely relax into the couch while Bing Crosby or Colin Firth or whoever ... entertains me!

Hope you're fully entertained yourself today.
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LUNADRAGON 12/6/2010 1:36PM

    8 is enough is a great motto for a party with party food. I think I will keep that in mind, as long as it doesn't stretch to 8 items!

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SHEILA1505 12/5/2010 10:09AM

    Well done :)
Did pretty well myself at DD1's wedding anniversary celebration - yes, I went over my calories, but we danced strenuously for a couple of hours and that burned off the small excess - no snacks available but plenty of healthy salads that I could eat - no gluten, no dressings, etc - and a cheese platter with figs so I didn't go near any of the chocolate cake or cheesecake (sometimes even gluten intolerance can't keep me away from such decadence - I pay for it for several days and I have been known to think it's worth it. It never is worth the pain!)

Hugs

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MSLZZY 12/5/2010 8:17AM

    Very good plan with a substitution to snacking!

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