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#114 - Holiday Party NSV.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Yesterday, I went to my first Christmas party of the season. It was for the new museum that will be opening up in March; the Director wanted to give back to her volunteers!

Before heading to the museum, I wanted to get in some quick exercise, so I took a 35-minute walk around the inside of my apartment (silly, I know, but it was raining outside, and I didn't have time for the gym). During this walk, I gave myself a pep talk and came up with a plan. My plan started out with "no soda or candy" because these are December goals that I truly want to stick with. I allowed myself water, iced tea, and lemonade. For food, I decided that one plate with decent portions would be plenty. My goal was to stick with salads, fruits, and vegetables for most of my plate. Lastly, I planned that I could have a small dessert. As for the pep talk, I told myself to remember my goals as well as the fact that I have a 5K in 18 days that I need to prepare for. Eating more than I should would not be helpful. I also reminded myself to try to do more talking with other volunteers than eating.

When BJ (my boyfriend) and I first arrived, we were greeted by another volunteer as well as a small table of appetizers - a cheese ball with crackers, spinach dip, and peanuts were a few of the starters. (Luckily, before I left the house, I ate a Luna protein bar because I did not want to arrive starving which would lead to bad choices. Glad I did! Seriously, I had a mini battle about the cheese ball and chips.) I decided to go find something to drink instead of snacking.

Arriving at the drink table, there were quite a few choices - sweet tea, iced tea, coffee, water, beer, and two kinds of wine. I thought about the wine for a minute, but I knew I had a long ride home, so I decided to skip it for water.

Anyways, my Director really outdid herself with the dinner. She made Greek salad, Wardolf salad, chicken linguine (spelling?), green beans, and bread. Here's my plate:

The Greek salad was filled with tomatoes, peppers, and artichoke hearts (my first time trying them!), so I loaded up on that. I'm a House salad with Ranch kind of a girl, but this salad was actually really good. I stuck to one spoonful of pasta which was good because the sauce was heavy. Although the green beans were cooked with bacon, I tried to eat more of those than the pasta. Lastly, I tried a little of the Wardolf salad. If you have never had it, it has marsh mellows, cranberries, apples, and grapes. It wasn't too bad; I loved that it had so many fruits in it which is why I grabbed some. I stuck to water with my dinner.

Dessert was next. They were in tiny little serving dishes which were cute. Unfortunately, I had eaten my desserts before I remembered to snap a picture, but here's the finished product:

I had a mini cherry cheesecake and banana pudding. I loved both of them as you can tell. emoticon

Anyways, that's how the night went. I went home feeling satisfied with my decisions. As for another NSV, when I got home, I was craving cookie dough due to PMS, but I managed to stay away from it. In all honesty, I think I was just really tired, so I went to bed instead.

I'm sorry if this post is long, but I can't believe how well I did last night. I have another Christmas party to attend on Friday night, and I feel like tonight set the tone not only for that Christmas party but for the weekend because of how successful I was!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
POOKASLUAGH 12/12/2012 10:11PM

    Awesome! I would have caved to the chips and cheese, I think... :D You did well! And I don't think it's silly to walk around the inside of your apartment. I walk around my living room all the time when I don't have any other choices!

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COUPONS0216 12/12/2012 9:20PM

    It sounds like you had a good time and you did an AWESOME job sticking to your food decisions! Great job!
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CIPHER1971 12/12/2012 5:29PM

    emoticon that is a brilliant example of making a plan and sticking to it.

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WALKING_WONDER 12/12/2012 3:43PM

    Good for you! What does NSV mean?

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CHODGES83 12/12/2012 1:42PM

    Great choices! Way to stay on plan!

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LADYJ6942 12/12/2012 11:41AM

    Sounds like a great day. Good luck on your journey.

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C8TSON 12/12/2012 11:29AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon I knew you could do it! It's difficult, especially this time of year when it's so easy to succumb to all the goodies that are EVERYWHERE!!! I walked by our community "food table" at work where we keep goodies just like these for people to enjoy around the office just this morning, and it was like looking at Candy Land! HA! I did indulge in the smallest piece of homemade candy that was there, but I wanted to snatch up everything on that table! It's so difficult, but you proved to yourself, and all of us out here that it can be done, so thanks for sharing! Glad you had fun!! emoticon

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IMARUNR 12/12/2012 11:08AM

    Awesome!! Way to go with planning your night and making great choices!! You should be proud!

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ASHESS85 12/12/2012 11:06AM

    Good job with this plan. It's an accomplishment that you stuck to your plan with all of that good food around! emoticon

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MELLYBEANS0919 12/12/2012 10:58AM

    I love that you took pictures. You did so well! I can only hope I can do as well as you did at my holiday parties. You're inspiration my dear!

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FITNAPTURAL 12/12/2012 10:14AM

    Thats awesome! I'm sure the next party will go well too! The party I went to last night was basically all appetizers and sweets. It wasn't a complete meal and I wasn't so lucky since none of it was healthy. But I didn't stuff myself and still woke up and ran this morning. We're totally conquering the holidays! lol emoticon

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PAPER_WINGS18 12/12/2012 9:39AM

    I am so proud of you! Battling holiday parties are no easy feat! I'd call yesterday a win for sure. Way to go girl! And it sounds like you had a LOT of temptations! I'd be with you with teh cheesecake & I'd prob give into the cheeseball, lol!

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DRAGONFLY02 12/12/2012 9:34AM

    Oh my gosh, you did great. That's an awesome idea with the pep talk. I would have had a hard time resisting the cheese and crackers too. But good for you, I'm proud of ya!

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