On my quest to live a healthy life in mind, spirit and body, my goal is to do things I've never done but always wanted to do. And to laugh and smile while doing it.
Last weekend, it was canoeing.
This weekend it was not so physical but still a HUGE step for me.
You see, I was a chaperon for my daughters Senior Prom. No big deal, really, except that it was a dinner and dance. My reward for chaperoning was --- you guessed it - free dinner. Oh No!!!! at one of the areas well known restaurants, I KNEW this was going to be a diet disaster! Here I was, sitting at a table with teachers from the school who already thought it was weird that I was there (another story for another time) AND the menu was "preordained" What's a girl to do?
Yup. I drank water. Then, I ate my salad. The whole thing yes - dressing not on the side but go figure. The main dish wash chicken. Not so bad. SMOTHERED IN SAUCE. AAarrrrgh. I was really hungry, I had to eat, I was not in a situation where I could ask for a special dish. So, I carefully removed the chicken from the bone and savored every bite. Then about halfway through - HERE IS THE THING I'VE NEVER DONE - I pushed my plate away. That's right. I PUSHED THE PLATE AWAY. Without thought of what the others might think of me, I did what I had to do. I have to say, there were a couple of raised eyebrows at my table, but everybody was to polite to point out this fat girl was pushing away her plate at one of the best restaurants in the city!
Then, dessert. Huckleberry Cheese cake. I could feel the tension at my table." What is she gonna do?" Well, I ate it. Ok, Ok, I ate about four bites, decided that was enough and - wait for it- I PUSHED THE PLATE AWAY. Yes I did. I did not eat the entire piece of cheese cake.
I am telling you, I will be the talk of the teaching staff for years to come - - until two years from now when they see a thinner me with my son when he enters high school. The joke is on them. I could tell they were shocked. I very much enjoyed the inner laughter - mine.
I am really starting to have fun with this. My Life. Who knew it could be so awesome.