Monday, April 01, 2013
This weekend is a long weekend, with Friday and Monday being public holidays. It is being spent catching up with friends and family. I don't have to do anything; "Have the weekend off, just turn up." people have said. So my expectation was that it is going to be an easy and relaxing way to spend an extended break from work.
The weekend has been somewhat challenging so far. People dropping in at all hours, and us scrambling to get out to get-togethers that start at 4.30-5pm. In between, doing or not doing the usual chores, like planning meals, shopping, cleaning, and washing clothes for the rest of the week.
I don't think I'm a control freak. I've been told to relax. But there is no-one else to plan the meals for the week, shop for groceries, clean, and do the clothes washing. If I don't do these things sometime over the weekend, I won't be able to fit in my exercise, cook healthy meals, and have clothes to wear to work. And I know from experience if I don't prepare or plan for the week, my exercise is the first to get dropped other than cycling to work.
We cycled to the first get-together, and our friends had got pizza in for dinner. I ate two 2" slices (the pizzas were cut rather irregularly) and hoped no-one noticed. But they did, and remarked that they had allowed for half a pizza each! Fortunately, because there was lots of people and noise, my mumbling; "I've had elegant sufficiency thank you", was lost in the hunt for other people to consume yet more pizza.
The next afternoon we sat down to a roast dinner. Fortunately, because we had had lunch late and were sitting down to dinner at 5pm having served ourselves from a side-table, I was able to chose what I wanted. Although I had two servings, it was mostly all vegetables which were really yummy as they were fresh out of Dad's garden. But my step-mother cut us a large piece of celebration cake, to eat after dinner, and put it next to each of us, even though we said we would pause for a moment. I guess she has cottoned on to my technique for not eating more, by taking it home. I mindlessly ate it as we talked and finished our wine from dinner.
Tonight I am the designated driver, so I will be able to decide when we come home. Our friends usually cook up a storm, but I'm hoping we can serve ourselves again so I can chose what to eat.
Mam dropped in with half a cake left over from having guests last night and some rum eggs - rum truffles or balls made into the shape of an egg. My partner really likes these, and I don't so much, so that is an easy treat to put aside. However, I was also given a newspaper article titled "Bigger women are not all unhealthy". Not sure what to think about this at the moment, but I'm seeing Mam tomorrow, so I'll ask her then.
I'm looking forward to getting back to 'normal' on Wednesday. My observation from this weekend is that I'm expected to splurge. Since tracking my food and exercise with SparkPeople, I have become accustomed to eating what I call 'sometimes' food - a splurge to me now is eating a portion of a sometimes food, not a huge quantity.
It is great to catch up with people, but all of the get-togethers were around huge quantities of food! I guess I've still got some Sparking to do, as I find I am very anxious and tired from the effort of asserting what I want to do.