Hi there fellow Sparkers, I have a situation and need some help and ideas:
1) I'm a Peace Corps volunteer living in my host country's prime vacation destination. Lot's of volunteers come through to visit and when they do, without fail, they want to go out to eat (pizza usually, a rarity in other parts of the country) and then go out drinking. And when I say drinking, I mean, post college, early 20s style all-night partying (I'm in my 30s and quite a bit slower to recover these days). Participating in this is one of the reasons I find myself where I am right now, overweight, unhealthy and working to get back in shape. Part of my program has been to quit smoking, stop the partying (to eliminate the beer calories, aid in the quitting smoking, be able to get up at 5:30am for morning workouts and nix impulsive alcohol related eating) and not participate in dinners out (there are no internet menus for restaurants here and oil is a major ingredient in every dish, even salads!). Because of this, I find that I am losing out on wonderful opportunities to spend time with my colleagues in what can be a lonely life in an unfamiliar culture. I also do not want to be perceived by my site mates and visiting colleagues as anti-social or inhospitable just because I am putting my health first these days and avoiding the parties.
I am committed to my healthy lifestyle but don't want to miss everything in the next 10 months, so I need some general strategies and ideas for how to participate in some of these events without smoking, caving to the urge to order that pizza and eat the whole thing, drinking too much, getting hungover, missing workouts and risking a hard fall off the health wagon.
2) Immediate Concern: One way I have addressed this "Fear of Missing Out" (FOMO) is by inviting a large group to my house for a dinner party. This way I control the food. I have a very healthy spread planned...an assemble your own fish taco dinner. I have a few concerns that I need help with...one is that I need strategies for avoiding and/or accurately tracking the inevitable hostess/chef continual munching and tasting in the kitchen....one is how to avoid getting into that party spirit and eating and drinking more than planned....and the last is how do I get everyone to leave at a reasonable hour, make my excuses not to go out on the town partying on a Saturday night and get to bed on time so I can get up well rested for my 5:30am workout?
| current weight: 171.0