Lately it seems that I’ve been getting invitations to social events quite frequently. In the last two weeks, I’ve celebrated three birthdays and each time I’ve been surrounded by food and alcohol. The spread from last night’s party was the mother of them all. There was fried chicken, meatballs, chicken salad, casseroles, chips & dips, fruit & veggie trays, banana pudding, cake, you name it. Earlier in the day, I had given myself permission to indulge in some delightful bites. So I was sure to squeeze in a “leg day” workout even if that meant I’d be 15 minutes late for the party. Although I was conscious about what I put on my plate, I still allowed myself to enjoy the people and the festivities. After all, it is weight loss and balance that I’m trying to accomplish here.
Today is a new day, and I’m back on task. But these series of invitations have led me to ponder about my future approaches to social invitations. Social time is very important to me and I will continue to support friends and family when duty calls. However when there are events that involve food and alcohol, I will have to make a conscious effort to plan ahead. For some events, it may be wise for me to eat a clean meal before attending. That’s kind of like saying “don’t go grocery shopping on an empty stomach.” I may be setting myself up for failure otherwise. In other instances, I may be able to indulge if I’ve had a really good series of clean eating and exercise. Again, I’m trying to find a healthy balance.
For now, this will be my approach. I expect that this approach may evolve as my fitness goals change over the course of my weight loss journey. A journey that will be full of ups & downs, plateaus, excitement, and dissappointments. But also a journey, full of optimism and progression.