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Social Eating Situations

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Before SparkPeople, I used to write journals that were kind of like how-to manuals for myself about losing weight. They never really worked because I was never consistent for long enough to make significant changes, but I did put some good thinking into them. I remember writing to myself about social eating situations. I told myself I had three choices:

1. I could be good throughout the party, eating only fruits and vegetables and drinking only water and diet soda. I'd continue my weight loss but may feel deprived.

2. I could eat a moderate amount at the party. I'd blend in best this way, may gain a bit, but this method would take the most willpower.

3. I could binge my heart out at the party. This isn't preferable but I knew it was likely that if I started to eat junk food I wouldn't be able to stop.

I was right back then, but now I know that really only option #2 works. Option 1 is not sustainable over the long term, and option 3 just makes you feel sick....which I was reminded of on Friday when I overate and then was in pain throughout the night. The "fun" continued into yesterday, when we went to a lunch party followed by a dinner party. I ate too much, for sure, but I also worked out, guesstimate-tracked everything I ate on SP, and easily returned to my normal eating habits today.

I leave you with a picture from yesterday - I didn't want my picture taken (messy hair, no makeup, I'd been swimming) but my dad took it anyway. I like that even after two days of major overeating I still didn't look overly chubby.

PS - 18 days til we buy our house!
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    You look fabulous :) I tend to not eat off plan even in social situations as it leads me to binge the rest of the day - and sometimes days afterward. Most people "in my circles" know of my weight loss and most do not criticize or ask's awesome that you're able to partake in controlled amounts. That's what will help you to maintain long term. I'm still working on the maintaining part LOL!! And I hit goal 4 years ago!!
    2496 days ago
    I also think you look pretty great and I am most happy that you are not letting a splurge or binge get you down- resume the happy place. I was reminded of that same place last night, as I ate unnecessary zucchini bread... because I was at a social situation and well, it was homemade-LOL. Gets me every time! But, I have to say that there are sometimes times when I could care less... and that's something that never ever used to happen- so I'll take it as progress-LOL!

    Counting those days down- super excited for you!
    2498 days ago
    You do look gorgeous.
    Wow good luck with the new house we are in the middle of buying one too. YOu will have to post pics.
    2499 days ago
    You look adorable, what are ya worried about with not wanting the picture taken!? lol.

    I agree with your logic. #1 and #3 aren't realistic or healthy for the long term, but I think it's hard for people to grasp generally.
    2499 days ago
    You look GREAT, Susan! I think you are at your "happy" weight - it seems like right now, you have so much less angst around eating, are not really bingeing, you are working out consistently, and just seem calmer in general. Plus, you look fabulous! YAY, SUSAN!

    Good luck with the house!

    Oh, and I agree with you on the social situations... one or two instances of over-indulgence are not that big a deal, and especially if someone has gone out of their way to prepare something special, I think it's totally worth it.
    2499 days ago
    This has always been a struggle for me, but I am trying to learn how to deal with it!'
    2499 days ago
    You look super cute!! :) But yes, I agree - #2 is the way to go. #3 feels awful, #1 is ok if you really feel like it, but I agree - not sustainable in the long term for me and not always an option (meaning no freggies = you are only drinking water!)
    2499 days ago
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