Last week I attended the first of many holiday parties. I made a plan, I stuck to my plan, and I felt like a champion. I can't begin to describe the feeling of accomplishment. I felt like it was a true testament that I had arrived with embracing a healthy lifestyle. I didn't feel deprived--I felt like a super warrior! I focused on visiting with people and enjoying the conversations and smiles.
Now I'm facing three consecutive days of parties. It's a little more daunting than a single party, but my plan is to compartmentalize, plan, and stick to my plan. Part of the plan is having a backup plan in case I slip. The old me would have seized the moment and surrendered if I slipped, giving myself a perfect reason to eat myself into oblivion, and then of course, berrate myself for days. The new improved version of me has a plan, indeed!
First of all, my plan is to drink 60 oz. of water, this morning. That's right. I know that's a lot of water, and I'm going to be running to the ladies room all afternoon, but no big fat hairy deal! I'll also be sipping on water at the party.
Second, I'm eating half of a banana with a tablespoon of natural peanut butter about a half hour before I leave for the party. This strategy helped me last week as well. Bananas satisfy me. that's my normal snack before I work out. I'm a Diabetic and count carbs, so that means I have 30 grams of carbs to spend at the party. As far as the menu, all I know is it's a Mexican themed meal, so I'm not sure there will be a lot of options for me. When I arrive, I'm going to inquire to see if I can order a salad and I'll pay for it. Normally, I find businesses are more than willing to accommodate special requests. If by chance I can't get a salad, no problemo, I'll stop and pick one up on my way back to the office.
Last week I completely passed on the dessert. It didn't present a problem for me at all (not even the cheesecake)! Today I'll be doing the same. I have a party tomorrow night, and another one on Saturday and I think the dessert offerings will be MUCH more decadent at those two parties, so I will allow myself to have 2 bites at either one or the other. My doctor told me a long time ago that being Diabetic doesn't mean never having dessert. It means if you're having dessert, skip the pasta/rice/potato.
I'm wearing a newer pair of pants today--pants that actually fit. They're not stretchy and forgiving, and they definitely showcase the fact that I'm smaller than I used to be. Did you ever notice how you're more inclined to overeat when you're wearing loose fitting clothes?
That's my plan. I'm not fretting about tomorrow and Saturday because I've put my parties in their own little respective boxes. I have my plan. I'm strong and focused. I still remember how AMAZING I felt last week after leaving that party. It was almost euphoric! I crave that feeling more than anything I could possibly eat or drink. I am totally rocking this new healthy lifestyle and I feel a responsibility and pride in being a role model for others. So many friends and coworkers would love to have an ounce of my enthusiasm, willpower, and dedication to exercise. I know there will be times when I slip and I have a plan for that too. Immediately get back up and begin again. In order to truly succeed at this, we have to be ready for any situation, including those that don't go the way we plan.
These three parties are merely three more opportunities to ROCK IT!!!!