This past week was jammed pack with friends and get togethers, and while I did not go completely off protocol-- I did allow myself to relax and enjoy the moments that only seem to happen this time of year.
Monday: typical IP day, stayed on protocol
Tuesday: I had a hellish day at work. Computer systems crashing, clients upset, and the work load piling up! All I wanted to do was be in my jammies, eat mac and cheese and veg out. I came home and told my husband of this hard day and he said-- "I'm taking you out for some comfort food". We had fifteen minutes of going and back and forth until I caved in. We went to a tavern up the road from us, and I had thee most delightful mac and cheese (split as an appetizer with husband) and then ordered beef pot roast (only splurge there were a few diced potatoes). I did however have a hot roll with light butter. Oh my inner fat girl was so delighted! Yum--- did I mention this dinner took place by fire? Romantic and charming. I allowed myself to relax.
Wednesday: I baked cookies for our church, ended up making 8 dozen! So, a nibble here and a nibble there turned into 2 whole gingerbread men devoured. Quite tasty.
Thursday: Friend from Zambia in town. He wanted to go to the Cheesecake Factory. OH MY GOSH! Cheesecake is my second favorite dessert to a perfect warm chocolate chip cookie, any day! I thought I would try and stay semi healthy and order the Skinny White Chicken Chili, with a side of Asparagus. I did partake of a slice of pumpernickel bread--- ahhh, bread how I have missed you! BUT, I am proud to say I denied my urge to devour the raspberry chocolate ganache cheesecake that my inner fat girl craved. Moving on!
Friday: Went out with a girlfriend for dinner before a concert: stuck to protocol!! Praise the Lord! Ordered grilled shrimp (2 oz) + blackened tilapia spinach salad with Apple Cider Vin. dressing ( Locals to Delaware: Big Fish Grill is SUPER accomodating and has lovely HH prices).
Saturday: Stuck to protocol
Sunday: Was doing fantastic until..... we went to see the Hunger Games! WOW, it was fantastic-- go see it! Not just the movie, but the child's size popcorn Mitch and I split. Buttery goodness.
SO, I've gotten the cheating out of my system-- just in time for Thanksgiving. :) Thanksgiving is a holiday, I know I can behave with- give me the protein and veggies and I'm fine. Christmas on the other hand, cocktails and desserts --oh my! My game plan for Turkey Day is: I am going to stick to protocol and have ordered all NON-RESTRICTED items for this week.
Weigh- In day is today! Next week marks my 4th month doing IP- the way I look at it-- I have not gained once in all that time (even with my fall foliage splurge foodie trip to VT). SO, if I gain this week.... what the heck? A girl has got to live a little, have fun and not being the "evil skinny dieting lady".
So my readers, when you have weeks like this and you WILL...it's unrealistic to think every week you will have the stamina to be 100% IP, let your hair down and remember how far you've come! Then, pull yourself together and start a new, tomorrow!
So tonight, as I step off that elevator , and down the hall to the scale... "May the odds be ever in my favor".