This past weekend I went to a party. I knew there would be food there. I suspected the food would not fit my diet. I grossly underestimated just how much food there would be!
Before the party I ate dinner at home, not wanting to risk arriving and finding nothing healthy on the menu. I took one look at the vast buffet spread out on the dining room table and wished I did not have weight issues:( In my years of yo-yo dieting, I almost always ate everything and anything when I was at a party. For me it is all about the food. Yum. So I was torn… was I proud of myself for not partaking Saturday night… or was I mad at myself for having gained weight again this past year so that I need to be on a strict diet once more and shouldn‘t partake? And I wondered what I would have done if I had already been at my goal weight – splurge? Or not? Is the few moments of blissful eating ever worth the guilt that comes later? And the potential extra pounds that immediately show up on the scale?
Not only was there great food at this party, savory and sweet, hot and cold, entrees and dessert – but there were also some very yummy looking cocktails. I am not a big drinker (see earlier post) but the chocolate syrup swirled around the insides of the martini glass was tempting to even this teetotaler. I asked the host for a glass of water and he had to dig out a plain drinking glass and then just filled it from the tap. Obviously I bored the bartender in him.
My party plan included going late and leaving early. Which I did, with DH in tow. I actually ate a little bit: some shrimp and a few veggies with dip. I wore a pair of jeans that would not have fit me three weeks ago. They were a great reminder to keep my eye on the goal instead of the buffet table. And I felt so much better about myself in smaller pants!
So I was a Party Smarty and didn’t party hearty. This time. Next up… a Superbowl get-together with a Mexican menu. But the hostess is welcoming food so I’ll bring something South Beach friendly and sit far away from the chips. And be glad that I don’t like the taste of beer:)