Thursday, December 18, 2014

Weigh-In: Special Events Have Diminishing Returns

This week’s weigh-in:

Lbs. Fat82.772.570.370.870.368.171.466.968.4
Lbs. Muscle 67.366.865.267.36563.368.76467.3

So we’re at basically the same as last week, which is what I was expected. This week was hard; there was the happy hour, a potluck, another party, and I had trouble staying on track. I tried, but it’s sad how quickly you (or rather, I), can eat several hundred calories worth of fries. The upside is that I tracked everything, and had some good days and great choices that balanced out the bad.

Yesterday, they had a staff appreciation events, which simply equal two giant cakes. And I kept my no office food rule and didn’t have any! I didn’t even care that I didn’t have any → even bigger victory.

This week there are more challenges: it’s a Chanukah party on Saturday night, two meals with friends before that, and probably a lot of food at the office. Awesome events with awesome people, but definitely challenging food-wise. Especially Chanukah - one of the main traditions for this holiday is to fry food and eat it.

I’m trying to remind myself that when you have four special events in one week, they’re not special anymore and I should start treating them like regular days. This is especially true for annual non-personal events like New Year’s Eve or Halloween.

And even some are really special, like a wedding, that still shouldn’t give me a reason to overeat. This is maybe an area in which I should be selfish - I’ll only indulge with food if the event is special to me personally. It’s an easy way to be discriminatory. My birthday, my wedding day, that’s about it. Not my husband’s birthday or a friend’s wedding. Not that I can’t enjoy some fancy food at a wedding. It’s more about an attitude of, “This is not that day.” Hell, maybe it will help me focus more on the happiness of the event than what I should have for dessert.

We’re going to a friend’s wedding next Sunday, and there is sure to be a ton of food. But as thrilled as I am for the bride and groom, it’s not my wedding, right? So I will enjoy some food, but (try to) focus on the dancing and fun and romance of the evening, and not on how many cookies I can fit onto a tiny dessert plate.


  1. More events=more temptations; I'm having a tough time with that too. Chewing gum seems to help me at the office but it's really not good form during social events. For socials, drinking water or sparkling water with lemon is my go-to these days. I try to keep focused on the fruit and veggie trays. But the siren song of chocolate and pastries... it's not easy.
    Stay strong Leah! Happy Chanukah and Happy New Year :)

    1. Hmm, I wonder if I could get away with the gum thing...the water is a good thought though. As long as you have something in your hand, people don't seem to question what it actually is.
      Happy everything to you too!