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.
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!