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Success, a really good feeling.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Worked hard last week to get ready for the big party this past weekend, and then worked hard right up until the door bell rang for the first guest. The party was great - we had guests from our ballroom dance community and from our neighborhood, with a few business contacts thrown into the mix. Our personal trainer came with his beautiful wife and it was fun to meet her. My friend who has just beaten breast cancer had a wonderful time, surrounded by her friends.

After the party we put the food away and crashed.

Sunday, my daughter came over (she also helped out throughout the party Saturday night) and helped me get glasses washed and serving pieces washed.

Monday I put most of the left over sweets in the freezer out of temptations way. We can deal them out without worrying about needing to eat them before they go stale (such a great rationalization in the past) I also washed all the plates we used through out the evening of the party.

Monday night our co-hosts came over for a party redeux and then took their bits and pieces home. Murray - the male half of the co-host duet made the most wonderful watermelon martinis that were the hit of the party! Very crisp with just a touch of lime. Very much a summer time drink.

This morning I put all the serving pieces away until the next party and got all the table linens ironed; I think we are pretty much back to normal.

The prep work for the party was so intense that I managed to not gain any weight at the party itself. I did taste everything, but I seem to have lost the urge to gorge on all the good bits. I even enjoyed my watermelon martini without feeling the need to go back for seconds.

You guys know I'm 60, but I have to say, this was probably the first party I've ever gone to where I acted like a responsible adult. No over indulgence, just a good time had by all. (except the guy who snuck a bottle of scotch out of the liquor cabinet (it definitely wasn't on the menu for the evening) and pretty much finished it, and yes, he is our age) Not sure what that was all about, but I'm guessing he didn't have a very good morning after.

It has taken me this long to recover from the physical exhaustion of getting ready, partying, and breaking down the party. Not sure I have ever been that tired before. I kept my Spark routine from Friday through today, even though I didn't track. Miraculously, I don't seem to have gained any weight, even with the incredible food that has been in the house since Saturday night (another friend catered for us, so we didn't have to do any cooking!!!!! and she brought wonderful things to eat!) All the studying of portion control and what's good for you and what isn't and all the other stuff that I read about every day in the Spark articles really did stand me in good stead.

Today I got up early for my cardio and am officially back on the program 100%. I didn't do everything I was suppose to do over the weekend, I ate stuff I wasn't suppose to, but I feel successful instead of a failure. I am a work in progress, and for this instance I did pretty darn good, and that is a really good feeling.

hugs to all

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  • MYFEETHURT
    wow...your party sounds like a huge success.. It's a great feeling when we savor a little of everything instead of over indulging. You feel great after wards...both physically and mentally. Huge congrats to you...for throwing a great get together and for using your "sparking" instincts to stay happy and healthy. emoticon mary
    4031 days ago
  • SPARKYJEANIE1
    Sounds like quite a festive evening!!!! Man,you sound like a professional caterer! I bet that completely wiped you right out...that's a ton of effort on your part. Glad to hear it was such a success!!!
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    You have me giggling a bit over the thing about the leftover sweets. Good thing you tucked them away in the freezer before giving them away to keep them out of harm's way (your mouth)...so many times I have caught myself eating leftover whatevers just so it doesn't "go to waste" or "go bad". And what was the result??? Bob, my tum-tum accompanied by the thunder thighs from hell and flabby arms!!!! Definitely not a desirable after effect!! Thanks for reminding me to do similarly when we have any future shin-digs!

    Great work only having 1 margarita - I know I would have gone back for more. Especially watermelon ones...yum...you have much to be proud of! And I bet those guests of yours will be talking about how incredible everything was for a long time! WOOHOO!!!

    xoxo
    Jeanie
    4031 days ago
  • DENI_ZEN
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    CONGRATULATIONS, PAM!!! Not only does it sound like you threw a very enjoyable party, but you managed not to get into the food - I don't think I've ever succeeded in accomplishing that! You did beautifully, and it sounds like your awareness of portion control never left you. Well done!!! - Sandi emoticon
    4031 days ago
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