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Friday, June 05, 2015

No matter how many times I start this journey that is called weight loss and no matter how dedicated I claim to be, I have one obstacle or flaw I can't seem to get around. Food at family gatherings.

First of all, I have a pretty large family on both my maternal and paternal sides. On my father's side of the family, depending on the family member, there will be healthy (sometimes exotic) options available, so I can work around the pastas, rice and fried foods because there's usually some sort of vegetable, fruit or seafood.

Yesterday, I had to conquer food offered during a gathering on my mother's side of the family. Now...let me just add this little disclaimer. This gathering took place in deep south Louisiana..and if you know anything about "The Boot" then you know we live to eat and food is involved in every gathering. I mean EVERY gathering. I'm not talking cute little finger foods and little cups of punch. We are talking heaping plates of food. So..I gave myself a stern "talking to" before I left that morning and even gave myself several reminders as the afternoon went on that I was to control myself.

I did pretty well for the first 20 minutes or so but then the hunger pains hit because I didn't eat breakfast (that was a genius move) I had to venture my way into the kitchen where the pans of food were located. There they were... crawfish pasta, dirty rice, barbecue chicken, potato salad, green in sight. So I managed to take one piece of chicken and a little turkey. Not so bad.

So my cousins and I were sitting on the porch laughing and reminiscing about the good old days. Everybody was drinking soda, beer and what not and it was HOT!! That heat beat us up something I grabbed a root beer. 160 calories, sugar..good grief! But it was sooo good and cold.

About an hour later it was time to go, I had no plans to go back in the house but this one pan of Sock-it-to-me cake kept beckoning me. Before you know it, my hand was in that pan and a few seconds later I was wiping crumbs of cake off my face and hands. I ate it so fast and I can't remember the taste.

Things sorta went downhill after that... I will just leave it at that.

Yesterday ended up being my cheat meal day as well as my rest day.

I can tell myself I will strategize my approach to food at family events, but time as proven me wrong. I won't be fooling anyone but myself if I say I will prepare a "healthy" dish and bring it with me. But what I will do is accept that one day won't hurt and remember it's just that, "one day" and move on to the next day where better choices will be made.

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    emoticon You are so funny girl! emoticon Sounds like your family is a lot of fun and it's important to have some face time with them...and the menu sounds oh so delicious! emoticon

    Now about those cheat days emoticon day at a time, one step at a time. emoticon
    2163 days ago
    That was my whole weekend!!! DANG!!! The will power to eat "just a little bit" goes out the window!! I went to THREE gatherings last weekend emoticon emoticon ...... but this was me emoticon emoticon

    Oh well!! #thestruggleisreal
    2164 days ago
    That's huge for you to acknowledge all this! That's what makes this journey worth it; Discovering our pitfalls will help us do better in the future. I think one of the biggest signs of weight gain is not seeing or ignoring the "red flags" on a consistent basis. The fact that you acknowledge these red flags is something to be proud of. You'll overcome it!
    2166 days ago
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    2169 days ago
    Life happens,. especially when you're living it! Kudos to you for recognizing that you momentarily got in your own way but soon got out of it to continue on your journey!

    It happens to all of us. So proud of you for sharing with us what happened, what you did, and that you've moved past it.

    2169 days ago
  • GINA180847
    That is a good strategy. Bring a healthy meal that you love. Also just go on today is another day. Like Beth says when you get a flat you don't go around popping all the rest of your tires, you fix the flat and go on.
    2169 days ago
    enjoy your day all the best
    2169 days ago
  • --CHERYL--
    Hang in there. Temptation will never cease and we will conquer them, np
    2169 days ago
  • -RUBIES-
    Super funny! Do you really mean "no green nothing insight". Oh boy! Well, just like you said, one day isn't to bad.

    Actually, my mind is still stuck on the crawfish pasta. Hmmm. I sure would love to have a bite of that. Sounds tasty. I'm glad you enjoyed your family.
    2169 days ago
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