Yesterday was a 4-star day: I maintained the integrity of my calorie budget, I remained refined sugar-free, I met my daily water goal, and I stayed well connected with exceptional support.
Yesterday's birthday party for my granddaughter Raegan was, as expected, a fantastic event! That precious little girl had the time of her life complete with costume changes throughout the event!
|A selfie with the birthday girl|
The traditional first birthday messy cake. Who needs a fork? Not Rae Rae!!
Mom and I arrived early to the party in order to help prep things. I was in charge of prepping the fruit and veggie trays and making little finger sandwiches. Amber and KL went all out for this one, and the selection made it super-easy for me to assemble a good on-plan plate when it came time to eat.
|Fruit and cheeses, that works for me.|
|Kristin joined us for the party!|
Like any good party, it ran long, but Rae Rae stayed in good spirits as we all helped clean up--sitting in her high chair, supervising the activity!
In terms of what this blog is all about, staying on-plan at an event like this starts with the perspective going into the party. The food-plan boundaries helping keep me well doesn't get an "off day" or a "cheat day." What I can and cannot do has evolved and been proven. It's definitely not a guessing game for me.
A recovery mindset helps establish an importance level beyond the old familiar rationalizations of diet mentality. Knowing what I know about me makes the idea of eating whatever for a special occasion, a grim idea with major consequences. It's an awareness; a personal truth--and it goes opposite of those old rationalizing thoughts of, "it's just one day," or "it's just one meal," or "it's a special occasion!" Those old thoughts, if turned into actions, are potentially deadly for me. It isn't that way for everybody, and I get that. But for me, it is. I'm a food addict and compulsive overeater every single day and the only thing that separates me from the chaos of active addiction is this daily practice I preciously and willingly embrace each day. Contrary to what those old thoughts suggest, maintaining this daily practice doesn't make my life a hassle, boring, or lacking anything--it makes my life better by giving me the opportunity to live life with a measure of peace and calm around food.
If you're reading this and wondering, am I really a food addict? There's a wonderful website with a self-assessment list of questions that might help you identify. You can find it by clicking HERE.
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