Monday, June 20, 2011

It was the best of times! It was the worst of times!

Good afternoon everyone. I am back from a weekend with the family. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times! It was the best because all of my boys were there with one fiance and one girlfriend. We laughed alot, read on the beach, watched movies, drank a little too much, and ate alot. Those last two items lead to the worst of times part of the story.

Having everyone together was wonderful. Planning, preparing and serving all that food turned out to be a little too much for me. My boys love to eat and they like good, plentiful food. Luckily they have inherited my slim husbands genes and they don't have to watch their weight. I'm pretty sure they will stay that way because my husband still has the same size waist as when we were married and it's 31"!

I think I've told you  that I like to cook and entertain and so I did. I grilled chicken for sandwiches and panini's. Carmelized onions and peppers for the hot sausages. There was some homemade pesto, grilled shrimp and peach skewers, filet mignon wrapped in bacon, salad with fresh lettuce from my garden, pasta with fresh tomatoes and basil in olive oil and on it goes. Sure you might say there was plenty of things that I could eat. I don't eat red meat, but there was shrimp, chicken and the salad . So what went wrong?

 I had my regular BFC breakfast everyday, but then started on that slippery slope. I managed to hang on pretty well until happy hour.  Then it happened. A few crackers here with the cheese, some tortilla chips there with the homemade guacamole and salsa, a scoop of pasta with the grilled shrimp and I think you get the idea. I even let a slice (albeit very small) of cheescake ( heaven forbid!!!) inadvertently cross my lips. I swear I didn't mean for it to happen.  I really  didn't secretly plan for it to occur! I was chatting, and slicing, and serving, and I just sat down and ate it without even realizing it. I really felt like I had the sugar thing under control and I wasn't even craving it. It was just an old habit that reared it's ugly head! Serve everyone else, then serve yourself!

So Monday dawns and I say, when you know better you do better. I got right back on track and I put the past behind me. It's the only thing one can really do.  I went in the wrong direction, and I don't want to go that way. Get back on the path I tell myself, with the plan, and head towards my destination. It may take me a little more time but I want to get there and so I will. Put one foot in front of the other!

I hope all of you had a wonderful weekend. Until next time....Work hard, play nice, be kind. Go to your destiny! Fear nothing! ( except maybe pasta & tortilla chips!!)

Thought for the day:
"We have to do with the past only as we can make it useful to the present and the future" - Frederick Douglas

What's exciting me today:
*Took a long walk with Roscoe. We both needed it!
*My son helped me with my office paper work so it lightened the load.
*My pepper plant has baby peppers!
*Saw a robin enjoying the fountain in my perennial garden.
*Enjoyed watching my grown boys laughing and reading some of their handwritten elementary school stories from their keepsake boxes.

PS: Helen, where did you go? I enjoyed your blog and went to get your protein shake recipe today and you were gone. Come back!


  1. Sounds like you had a wonderful weekend. Don't be too hard on yourself for what you ate, next time plan to have more bfc friendly snack foods to help you stay on track.

  2. I would probably have done the same thing that you did. Life is precious when the whole family is together, there will be plenty of days to stay on track. Just don't let the weekend defeat you:)I have not been perfect on anything but the sugar. I think for me it would be the trigger to my old way of eating. I will and have eaten more carbs (bread, chips, potatoes, etc. than I should, but I get back on track the next meal or the next day. You really can do this. What are your favorite things to eat, something you would be happy to eat every single day? Then we can figure out how you can have it so you don't feel like you are missing anything?

  3. Welcome back. I'm jealous that you had such a good time. First I want to say that it's not fair that he still has a 31 "waist. haha
    Next time when you want some cheesecake, just do like I do and only have 2-3 bites then stop.
    That is the key for me.
    and yeah the other day we all noticed that Helen un-followed everyone and disappeared. We don't know why??
    Have a great day :-)

  4. Thank you ladeis for your words of encouragement. I knew you would be here for me this morning when I woke up. I went straight to the computer. Thanks for taking the time to comment. It really is touching to me. I am back in the right mindset for the upcoming week. I will have a new obstacle this weekend. See me post a ways back, May I think, about the contest I won. I'll post on that later today, but must go walk the doggies. I may be too late, the sky is dark and I think it's raining, so that may have to wait abit! Don't worry, I'll do it! Later gators! Oh, one last thing, I did see that Helen commented on the Belly Fat Cure facebook page. There are two of them, not sure if it was the Jorge one or the other one. Maybe she was tired of the interaction and just wanted to stop for a bit. Doesn't make sense to me, but who knows what's going on in her life. We're here if you need us Helen!

  5. Pattie, so glad to find your blog! My husband is the same way - same pants size from the day I met him. Oh well! Cracker & cheese and chips are always the things that get me too. Trigger foods I guess!