Potluck Peril this weekend
Saturday, August 15, 2015
I am realizing (a little belatedly perhaps) that this is a challenging weekend overall. Dinner party last night (I hosted); potluck for my husband's work today (I can contribute a dish, but don't have to stay to eat); and a potluck picnic with my girlfriends tomorrow. (And possibly another dinner party to host - friends visiting from out of state, and if they can make time for us, I can make dinner!)
Last night I controlled the menu, and it was healthy, more or less. Cucumber salsa recipe; shrimp and sausage boil (fresh sweet corn!!); and apple pie for dessert. Yes, we had wine too. And this amazing cocktail my friend and I invented earlier this summer. Altogether I had 3 drinks, which is reasonable.
For today's potluck I'm bringing a layered salad (to be a good example) and brownies (to be liked). ;) Again, I don't have to stay to eat... my husband's martial arts academy hosts a picnic with another school. I've eaten there before--it's atrocious. (And not worth it!) I'll have fun making both things, and fun saying hi to the great folks there while I drop them off.
Tomorrow is our annual (for 20 years!) girls' trip to the outdoor theater in Spring Green. We picnic (and drink copious amounts of wine) beforehand. It's going to be sweltering. I'm bringing a roasted peach salad with goat cheese and candied pecans. (Yes, we do fancy style stuff... because it's just us girls.) Everyone else brings something equally decadent--if not moreso. This is the event where it will be hardest to stay in control. My strategy is to taste everything, but really watch my portions. And that's why I volunteered a salad -- I know I can fill up on it without fear. And I'll bring my water bottle to make sure I'm not straight up just drinking wine. LOL.
We'll see how the big weekend impacts my overall downward trend. I was able to reasonably accurately track my food from yesterday's dinner party and it put me just a teensy bit over the top range of my calories for the day. I figure I can make today a good day--pay attention to getting enough protein, to eating really well... and by tomorrow's play/picnic, I can indulge again just a bit. (Taste, but watch portions.)
And--in the big scheme of things--I am feeling happy and grateful to have fun plans this weekend. We always have fun, but I haven't seen my girlfriends in ages, and the neighbors we had over for dinner last night are new friends... and we had a great time with them. Feeling connected, laughing, enjoying a meal together... these things are also all very good for me!