The last several days have been FILLED with my biggest challenge on a diet - the social event. It has been one after the other after the other....and I am proud to say, with the exception of one situation, I did very well in terms of counting my points and making good decisions. Here is a recap of my adventures.
Friday, Outing #1: Met an old friend for lunch at my fave Mexican restaurant. I over ate - no questions, but I counted the points and should have been OK - but outing #3 took me down.
Friday, Outing #2: Cute little nephew's birthday party. It was held at Planet Play - a fun center with a buffet style meal. I was terrified, I won't lie. But I made great decisions and left feeling like a champ (except for that part where I lost my car keys - again. SERIOUSLY!). I ate a baked potato w/ marinara sauce on it, a few black olives, a tablespoon of sour cream and a tablespoon of shredded cheese. I also had 1/3 cup of soft serve ice cream and a fresh baked mini chocolate chip cookie. I was completely satisfied when I left and well within my daily points allotment.
Friday, Outing #3: Movies. I took my niece to the movies. We went to see 'The Vow'. I was DYING to see the movie. The hubs was taking the girls to a Daddy/Daughter dance, so I thought - this is my chance to see a sappy romance! I had coached myself over and over again - YOU WILL NOT EAT TOO MUCH POPCORN. YOU WILL NOT EAT TOO MUCH POPCORN. Guess what, I ate too much popcorn. WAY too much popcorn. BUT, the positive is that I faced the music and tracked the points for it (ugh). I also paid dearly on Saturday - my stomach was beyond upset and my digestive system was unappreciative of my escapade.
Saturday, Outing #1: Birthday Party. My oldest daughter turned 10 years old!!! Seriously, that alone was reason to emotion eat, but I did not. We had her birthday party at "The Lion House" in Salt Lake - with 11 young children (again, insert reason to emotion eat here). I was a rock! Thanks in large part to my disgruntled digestive system!! They served a small luncheon with carrots, a small tuna sandwich, pretzels and apples. Not too shabby. I ate a slice of birthday cake (so worth it) and a scoop of ice cream (again, so worth it). Tracked all my points and was sitting pretty.
Saturday, Outing #2: Dinner. My mother-in-law came to town this weekend for the birthday festivities. We went out to dinner after she got in. We originally planned to go to my fave Mexican restaurant (yes, I had just eaten there the day before....it is fab, I can't help it), but the wait was too long and my MIL was hungry and ready to eat. We headed over to Zupa's. I wanted the Wisconsin Cauliflower (my favorite soup at Zupa's), but instead chose the Chicken Tortilla with a Chicken Salad. I had low fat dressing on my salad, and it was good. Points wise, it was a winner. I finished the day strong and was well within my points allotment.
Sunday, Outing #1: Birthday Party. We had a family birthday celebration for my nephew and my daughter - as well as my mom, sister and sister-in-law, who all celebrated birthdays this week. Again, I was faced with birthday cake and ice cream. I did partake, but I kept the portions small and point friendly (oh yeah, and left ALL the extra cake and cupcakes at my sister's house - I can't be trusted!).
And of course, last night was Valentine's Day. Luckily, I was not feeling great and did not want to go out to eat. Chris brought home Cafe Rio - I had a Chicken Salad - which, by the way, is not very point friendly - but I had enough to cover it.
Food is such a major part of how we socialize with each other. That is a piece of reality I am ALWAYS going to have to deal with. I don't want to avoid those situations - I love my friends and family and want to spend time with them - eat with them and love the food! But, if these last few days has taught me anything, it is that I can be successful in a social situation by planning ahead, making good choices, watching my portion sizes, AND not ordering a large popcorn under any circumstance (Connie, It's O.K. that the small popcorn is not as good a value as the large popcorn, it really is - you won't die).
In other news - You may notice the lack of a weigh in post today. There is a great reason for that - I have changed my weigh in days from Wednesday to Saturday. Here's the deal. Weighing in is an event for me - and an emotional one at that. I have a process that I have to go through before I weigh in - it is time consuming, and a little OCD, but it is my process and I need to be able to go through it before I weigh in. Also, once I have weighed in, I need time to process and analyze my results - and if necessary, kick, scream and yell. Trying to do all of that on a day when I have to work is not possible. Not possible at all. I did weigh in last Saturday - and yes, I lost weight - 2.6 lbs. to be precise (I was thrilled considering the night before was the popcorn fiasco). I will have a full weigh in post this coming Saturday!!! STAY TUNED!