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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Church potlucks... or fellowship meals... or whatever you want to call them... take on new meaning now in my new lifestyle...

I'm not really a big eater at mealtimes (my downfall has been candy which there always seems to have plenty of room for!) - anyway, I'm not scared of potlucks and all the tempting array of cooked by scratch dishes by the world's best cooks. I'm fairly simple in my choices from the potluck table - however, even though I only put one small spoonful of food on my plate from only 6-8 foods, but it still piles up.

But what I'm finding out is - is that it's nearly impossible to track my potluck meal... :-S But - the potluck is over and now we'll either be eating out or in someone's home. This also makes for challenges in tracking.

And I'm thinking... you know, tracking isn't the magic pill either (see my 10/15/11 blog entry). Tracking is a TOOL - to help me be aware of what I'm eating. It keeps me accountable. Being without that particular TOOL does not give me license to eat whatever I want anymore in my slowly changing lifestyle. I think I'm at a point that I know, to a certain extent, what is an acceptable and unacceptable amount of food or which choices I can make....

And a side note to my praying friends... (and some of you won't understand this - and that's okay - just skip it) - we are staying in another's home - not ours. In their bed - not ours - on their antique bed frame... and I'm praying hard. You see, twice before we have been put into someone's guest room with antique bed frames - and they broke... from my sudden movement on the bed... IT'S SO EMBARRASSING.

Tonight - we are in bed as I type... but I'm praying really hard that I won't break it. I try to be positive and saying to myself, "hey! you lost 32 lbs so far - I surely won't break it now!"

But alas, I know that I'm still big enough to break the slats underneath - so - I'd really appreciate prayers this week. I DON"T WANT TO BREAK IT!
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    I had a similar tracker nightmare recently. We had a family get-together with appetizers. I took only a cubic inch of about 6 appetizers and it took forever to try to work out the calculations. lol

    3572 days ago
    Ho' man! I know there are some serious yummy treats at church potlucks! It's so good that you kept your meal in proportion! I am finding out more and more that I LIKE doing that. I understand about the bed situation, trust me, I've had a wooden chair crack and break right under me! Talk about a living nightmare!! I'm pretty big now, so I make it a point to avoid sitting on anything wooden, plastic, skinny, or poorly welded. LoL.

    3572 days ago
    Roxy -
    I LOVE your blogs!!! I can relate to so many things....I really hope to one day meet you this side of heaven! I haven't broken any beds, but I used to hate it when I ended up sitting in a chair with arms, and it was too tight! I look forward to (sometime in the future!) the next time I get to fly somewhere.....and I won't have to ask for the seat belt extender!! emoticon

    Have a very blessed day, and week, and I will keep you in prayer, my friend!
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    3572 days ago
  • CAROLYN0107
    Oh,Roxy, I can relate. First of all about the bed. I have not broken a bed but I have broken toilet seats in a few homes and I know exactly which homes they were! We also have these plastic chairs out here and if I do not double them up, I can easily break "just one". They break under normal weights but certainly me.... I need to double up.
    Now about the Potlucks. After two years in Africa I will get to Omaha on Dec. 2nd. That is the the CHRISTMAS Season, the New Years then weeks and weeks of TOUR from Church to Church, pot luck to pot luck, restaurant to restaurant, different houses and different beds night after night. YOU GET THE IDEA. I too will need Prayer.

    How did your night go? How many nights will you sleep in the ancient bed?
    HUGS and Prayers.
    3573 days ago
    Oh dear oh dear!! I honestly can relate - I stayd with an elderly friend on my last trip to UK - and she gave me a fold out bed - and it sort of folded in!! Yep - I broke it good and proper - bent the frame!!
    It is embarassing - but I also know that you are not the onlyone who has had this problem in one way or another when at someone elses house!!
    Just think ahead - think how surprised they will all be - and delighted- that you have lost the weight and thir furnature doesn't have to fight with you any longer - but more - that your body doesn't have to fight - that you are healthier and happier!!
    I'm there invisibly holding the bedup for you !!

    3573 days ago
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    I so agree with Rochelle !!.
    It is the recognition of what we know we shouldn't be eating and the portion sizes that by now we should all know that is important .
    The Trackers are there as a Tool....
    A very important Tool until it becomes second nature for us to consume what is Good and Healthy .
    The reason we think tracking is so important is two fold, it shows others what we are actually putting in our mouths... and also we are reassured that we are doing the right thing for ourselves.
    It is also a Team effort.
    Sparkies that Track together, succeed much quicker and reach their desired goals and actually stay there for life.
    Good luck with the bed Roxy!!
    hugs Susie
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    3573 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/23/2011 1:28:11 AM
    I don't think any of the work we do to lose weight will matter if we can't learn to incorporate it into our everyday lives. Maintaining will be as important as losing it at some point. I am working at recognizing serving sizes and "lesser evils" among choices. You won't be perfect, but we will be much better.
    3573 days ago
    I know the embarrassment of breaking someone's furniture - so I can sympathize with your fears. I will be remembering you in prayer that God will strengthen that bed and that with your amazing 32 pounds gone, there will be no incidents.
    Take care.
    3573 days ago
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