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"Bad" Friends?

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Hung out with some friends last night; ended up going too long without eating, then snacking on rich cheeses and crackers, a manhattan and too much wine. Dinner was OK, but I have no idea how to track it, so I didn't.

Today, feeling very sluggish and fuzzy. Not hung over, but not good. It is the day after hanging out with "The Smiths" feeling.

So my question is--are these friends "bad friends." In all non-eating ways these are good friends; we play games together, knit together, and have even vacationed together. How do I spend time with people without falling back into old eating traps?
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MINERVASPARKING 8/23/2011 9:14AM

    I agree with Reenie131. They're not bad friends, it's just difficult to balance our own needs when "going out" to have a socially acceptable good time. :) I still feel kinda new to all this, but I have to plan. I put stuff to snack on in my purse, or just go ahead an order an appetizer for everyone so that I can get some food in me to tide me over until everyone wants to eat dinner. Even if the appetizer is "bad" I'm not going to over eat when a plate that's "all mine" is put in front of me. It's hard, but I do a glass of water between each alcoholic drink so I drink a lot of liquid, but not very much alcohol (compared to what I used to) and can't eat too much bad food (because of the water and snack/appetizer). Hope that helps! That's kinda my general plan when going out, which isn't much, but I've used it before and it works for me. Keep having fun!!! :D

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EJRANVILLE 8/21/2011 8:01PM

    Reenie, I think you are right--they think their eating is OK. I have always been "trying" to lose weight and they do know that. I would love to invite them to my house, but one person is physically disabled so that is not possible for her.

I think the real answer is that I need to assert myself more and also control my habits more. If I had planned the day better things would have gone differently.

Thanks for the suggestions and support!

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REENIE131 8/21/2011 11:09AM

    Do they know what you're trying to accomplish? Would they understand if you chose to bring your own healthy snacks or dinner? I don't think they're bad friends.....I think they might be friends you should avoid eating with. If they do know what you're trying to do, and seem to want to undermine you, then maybe you should get to the root of why. They may just be clueless about healthy eating, and if that's the case, you could offer to make dinner, or provide snacks that are a healthier option. Or maybe have them come to your house instead of going to theirs, that way you control the food situation.

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