I really enjoyed my day off today. I slept in, I spent some time helping my oldest daughter finish up her and her husband's move, I prepared some great food and enjoyed a fabulous date night dinner with Kristin for her birthday.
Navigating the menu choices at the restaurant this evening was fairly simple. I did ask a couple of questions and made one special request in order to ensure I got what I needed instead of something I didn't. Neither one of us touched the basket of cheddar biscuits on the table. I remember times, years ago, when a second and third request for more was made.
The accountability and support system coupled with the non-negotiable elements of my personal plan supports this different perspective. It's a perspective that doesn't require the food to shoulder the responsibility for whether or not an event is considered a good experience. I certainly enjoyed the food I ordered, but the experience, the conversation and the laughs is what made it great. A basket (or two) of biscuits wouldn't have enhanced the evening in the slightest. For me, it would have had an opposite effect had I sacrificed the integrity of my maintenance plan.
We visited a traveling carnival after dinner and arrived just as they were closing everything down. We asked the Ferris wheel operator if he could accommodate one last ride tonight, adding that it was Kristin's birthday. He referred us to one of the co-owners, who turned out to be the sister of the other owner, whom I had as a guest on my radio show a couple of weeks ago. I don't think that connection made a difference as much as Kristin's birthday request. The answer was, "sure, why not?"
Then, when the ride ended, one of the carnival workers honored Kristin's birthday by presenting her with the last funnel cake of the evening, compliments of Ottaway Amusements. We graciously accepted the gift, both of us knowing full well that it didn't fit in either of our food plans--and I carried it to the car for her. Kristin said I was handling it as if it were a bomb. I wasn't tempted in the slightest, seriously, but I totally get it--I probably was carrying it as if it were a bomb in need of defusing. Defusing it meant throwing it away, but we couldn't just throw it away right in front of the people who generously and thoughtfully presented the gift!
First, we tried to give it away to some people in the parking lot, but they declined our offer. Without a trash can close by and also out of sight of the carnival vendors, we hadn't a choice--we had to give this sweet thing a ride. The car quickly became thick with the aroma of funnel cake, so down went the windows.
We ended up transporting this powdered sugar topped creation less than a mile away before we found a place to get rid of it. But instead of simply throwing it away, we set it in plain sight just outside of a big Saturday night college crowd hangout and then, we waited for someone--anyone to notice this perfectly untouched, still warm funnel cake--just sitting there, unattended. Not one person noticed the funnel cake. After several minutes and a few laughs from the close calls, we left--knowing full well it would eventually make it into the trash can just a few feet away.
We stopped by mom's place to say hi and get a quick hug before heading out of town for the forty-two mile trip back. But before we hit the highway, we checked on the funnel cake--and still, there it sat in the company of literally a hundred or two late night partying college kids who were completely oblivious to it or the slightly humorous circumstance that rendered it unwanted and abandoned.
Today's Tweet Stream:
2 cups water, 20 push-ups & 10 squats, earns coffee. :) And, done✔️ #morningdeal #consistency #simplicity pic.twitter.com/aJT0XTxMxX— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) April 30, 2016
Good Saturday morning! I slept well! Hope you did, too! Coffee time. Three tablespoons half&half X 2 cups. 120 cal. pic.twitter.com/XzSHPL3tSZ— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) April 30, 2016
Breakfast in MFP... pic.twitter.com/YdTpBul0bu— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) April 30, 2016
Adjusted breakfast in MFP. Added the "calorie free" olive oil spray. Approx.3 seconds worth, isn't calorie free! :) pic.twitter.com/i1w0FrIjOC— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) April 30, 2016
5.2oz sirloin, two whole eggs, over-easy, 196g red potato, sliced-baked w/3 sec OOSpray, 5.6oz apple. 607 cal. pic.twitter.com/r835zoaObd— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) April 30, 2016
2nd breakfast MFP revision. Forgot to use the sour cream. Didn't need it! Deleted from entry. Great breakfast! pic.twitter.com/TQ3r3QLn84— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) April 30, 2016
Lunch in MFP... pic.twitter.com/EUyjnYvEgL— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) April 30, 2016
5.4oz salmon, 193g sweet potato, red & green pepper & onion-pan prepared w/3secOOSpray, mini ear of corn. 589 cal. pic.twitter.com/UW9G0lePEc— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) April 30, 2016
Date night driving coffee w/three tablespoons half & half. 60 cal. pic.twitter.com/JyHRjEbHvg— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) May 1, 2016
Seafood stuffed mushrooms. Big calorie bank investment- but I bet they're good! 1/2 order. 160 cal. pic.twitter.com/IOzepUYnuj— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) May 1, 2016
Dinner in MFP... pic.twitter.com/ZeQn8ZApYz— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) May 1, 2016
Dinner date! It's Kristin's birthday and we're celebrating! 😀 pic.twitter.com/JJ2c5dyUD6— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) May 1, 2016
7oz sirloin, grilled shrimp skewer, grilled asparagus, mashed potatoes. Count from: Red Lobster nutrition. 600 cal. pic.twitter.com/n93ag6NBPv— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) May 1, 2016
Grande dark roast pour over. After dinner coffee. With two tablespoons half & half. 40 cal. pic.twitter.com/yaPlBOGPg0— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) May 1, 2016
Wind in our hair-on the Ferris wheel! pic.twitter.com/RSEycptTch— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) May 1, 2016
2 cups water exceeds #watergoal 5.5oz apple & 3.5oz orange #lastfoodofday 123 cal. pic.twitter.com/J78fFD1scG— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) May 1, 2016
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