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My birthday dinner: a report

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

For my birthday yesterday, my wife took me to a fancy restaurant that we both love. It was a chance for me to put two of my principles into action:

1) Since I am not on a diet, but am changing my behavior permanently, there cannot be any forbidden foods and there have to be occasional indulgences. For example, if you told me that I could never eat ice cream or cake again, I would tell you that there was no way I could do that for the rest of my life.

BUT ...

2) There is a BIG difference between an indulgence and an out-of-control pig out.

So with those two ideas in my head, my wife and I headed out to Sunflowers in Jaffrey, NH. We had a lovely meal and, yes, I indulged. I had a wine, a roll, a salad, an entree, and back at home a big piece of a Russian style cake that my wife had for me.

BUT ...

I cut back on my calories at lunch before going out, I didn't have any butter on my roll, and before I took a single bite of my entree, I split it in half. Then I ate one half and took the other half home with me for dinner the next night.

The bottom line was that I felt I had splurged and I went over my daily calories by a little bit, but I didn't binge and today I'm right back to Sparkin' along. And when I stood on the scale this morning, I hadn't gained an ounce.

We can do this peeps!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
IFDEEVARUNS2 12/20/2013 9:06AM

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NEENSTER1 12/19/2013 9:59AM

    It sounds like you had a wonderful birthday. Good for you. emoticon

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68ANNE 12/18/2013 8:15PM

    Awesome job!

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PHEBESS 12/18/2013 6:05PM

    Perfect plan! Happy birthday!!!!

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JSTETSER 12/18/2013 4:12PM

    Great plan!
Way to eat out!

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MAUIMA 12/18/2013 1:02PM

    Happy Birthday ! And well done. A plan for success. The way to go. Balancing joy and health. Sounds like you had a very nice evening.

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JTAMSYN 12/18/2013 12:52PM

    This is the kind of thing that will make your changes permanent! Hooray for you!

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BATCHICK 12/18/2013 11:24AM

    What you have detailed here is the real key to success. You allowed yourself to "indulge" but you had a strategy in place so you didn't feel guilty and give up on your healthy journey.

Very well done, Sir!


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HGSGUY 12/18/2013 9:12AM

    Awesome job! I have a problem with the no butter, mostly I think that is why I eat bread, for the butter! Sounds like you had a great time!

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KAYOTIC 12/18/2013 9:01AM

    emoticon Great way to enjoy your special night out and not break the bank on the healthy lifestyle. emoticon

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BRENJET 12/18/2013 8:12AM

    Awesome-- all the way around!! Great job, my friend! emoticon

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BEATLETOT 12/18/2013 2:59AM

    Sounds like a lovely night, made only better by the sweet feeling of success!

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NOMIS1 12/17/2013 11:36PM

    You are truly an inspiration. Glad you enjoyed.

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PROT358 12/17/2013 11:33PM

    Happy belated birthday!

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I love your two principles, but I have a hard time applying them in out-of-the-ordinary eating situations (like a dinner out or a social gathering). Good job for staying in control!

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PINKNFITCARLA 12/17/2013 11:04PM

    emoticon That's the way to celebrate and feel like you indulged!

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SQUIRRELMOMMA1 12/17/2013 8:18PM

    Sounds like your birthday celebration was a big success!

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GRAMMYEAC 12/17/2013 7:45PM

    A happy end to a happy birthday!

Congratulations on wise choices!

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GARDENQE2 12/17/2013 6:51PM

    A man, a plan, and results! emoticon

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