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My Own Fall Challenge

Friday, November 09, 2012

One of my biggest obstacles is dealing with eating in social situations. It makes me want to forget all my goals, just relax, and enjoy everything (food). This make things especially challenging for me when we are hosting guests from out of town.

October was jam packed full of house guests. My in-laws came for 2 weeks, then the day after they left, my parents came for a week. I truly love having people visit, but I just know it is harder for me to stay focused on being in my calorie range and it makes this process of getting to my goal weight even longer. I survived October really well considering. I didn't lose much, but I didn't gain which I was thrilled with. Especially when my in-laws were here (just because of the types of foods I knew we'd be eating).

This week I started to feel like I am back to normal again. I'm super focused, back to tracking my food, exercising a lot, making progress, and seeing my goal weight in sight. It felt good to get back into my own routine and have time for me...not to mention it was good to see the scale move in the right direction again.

A couple of months ago we had talked to my husband's cousin. Him and his family (wife and 3 boys) found some cheap tickets to come visit in October. Since we had other family coming at that time we had to tell them no, so they said they would look for the week of Thanksgiving. We hadn't heard from them so we figured they didn't find anything. Last night my husband called his cousin just to make sure. To our surprise he said, "Yeah I've been meaning to call you, we're coming on Thursday! We'll be there a week and a half."

I really am excited to see them, I know we always have a great time when they come, but I can't help but feel a little overwhelmed with company at the moment. I feel a little selfish for wanting my me time and my house to myself, especially since they are probably paying a lot of money to come see us (think 5 plane tickets). It is what it is though, and I just need to suck it up, but trying to stay focused with house guests is exhausting for me. I now need to gear myself up yet again to stay in the game while I have company in town.

That is just what I get living in Arizona in the fall, everyone wants to come at the same time when the weather is perfect. :)

Thinking in a positive note, I haven't seen them since this summer (probably 20 pounds ago) so it will be nice to see if they notice a change in how I look.

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ADAM2298 11/10/2012 11:32AM

    Family is important and they can be a pain when having to be social as well. I found that if I cut back on my portion size when eating, I can enjoy the ocassion and not feel guilty. My problem is that I'm a big person and eating small draws more attention than I would like. Eat more refrain gets annoying. I use to respond and protest but that just made me mad. Now, I just let people pile up my plate or add stuff to it but I really don't eat it. I found that if I'm talking, you can't be eating at the same time.

Lately I've been having trouble eating and it has to do with the texture of food. I'm never sure what will cause me to have an episode but I know the signs that if I continue to try to eat it , I will have problems. Restaurants were my problem but doggie boxes have become my best friends. If the meal will cause a problem, I just talk more and ask for a box to take the meal home. No one seems to recognize I'm not eating, I move the food around and raise my fork up a lot and it passes for eating.

Try to focus on smaller portions and talk a lot more. It might help.

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ANNIE1114 11/9/2012 6:16PM

  It sounds like you are very busy with all of your guests. It is hard to stay on track when your routine is disrupted and it is hard to follow your usual diet emoticon

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BECKYBETZ 11/9/2012 6:13PM

    Wow, you do get lots of houseguests! I also live in Arizona (Mesa) and it is hard to stay on track with food when you are around people who don't. I find I've been not going out to lunch frequently with coworkers for that reason! Good for you for not gaining!!!

It is gorgeous here right now, (at this moment actually) and I love being outside more with the kids.

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