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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

We had a pre-Thanksgiving dinner with my 92 yr old dad yesterday. It was a vivid, HD (high definition), live and in color, hands-on demonstation of SP wisdom as applied to Traumatic Turkey Day.

For the past few years, we've taken Dad to an expensive buffet where one feels obligated to eat too much to justify the outrageous cost. The results on the scale were devastating even though I was an SPer and far more in control than ever before.

This year, due to his compressed spine fracture, we decided to enjoy the special meal at his assisted living facility. We were served a "normal size" plate (instead of multiple platters). They provided a scoop (between 1/4 -1/3 cup) of as many sides as desired. I had 2-3 oz. of turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy on the side(I ate very little), carrots, dressing. We also had a small salad plate containing very small portions of fruit salad, tossed salad & 1/2 deviled egg. And 1 roll (they buttered the top). They served carrot cake (a larger piece than I would have cut). Gulp...I ate it. On the 3 hr drive back home, dh stopped at Haagen Daz..oh, no! I ignored the ice cream, and instead chose a small cup of sorbet.The clerk crammed a massive amount into that little cup and gulp...I ate it. I'm cooked.

And we were in the car all day..so I didn't walk or exercise, but I've been burning 800-1200 calories/day for a few days hoping to counteract this week's temptations. I had a small, healthy dinner at home (where it's safe!) The good news: the scale didn't go up (or down, surprise, surprise!). Portion Control (and extra exercise) is golden!

Unfortunately, that was only the dress rehearsal for the Big Holiday. We've been invited to our son's girlfriend's parents' (is that enough apostrophes for everyone?!!) home to meet them for the first time. She's serving turkey & roast buffalo, etc., etc., etc. We won't be receiving a small plate already filled with reasonable portions and no seconds available. (gasp...)

How does one decline food without hurting the cook's feelings? (especially if they've just announced that she's going to be the mother-in-law?)

Help! I'm open to all suggestions. The only one I've come up with it to express sincere compliments on the taste of the food rather than express it through gluttony. She's just lost a lot of weight by consistently biking(she's about a size 4 now..............moan...I was born a 6x!!).

Teenagers aren't the only ones who face peer pressure. It's time for me to walk the talk.
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    Firtly, I've seen your pics and you look fine.

    As for the eating... well the strategy at your dad's seems to have worked out fine. Be prepared to go over your normal calorie count a little but be weary of portion size. At WW's we get 35 optional pts (which equates to about 2000 cals per week) to use for times like these. And if she has just lost weight she'll be being careful herself.

    She may be feeling the same pressure as you. Just go, be yourself and enjoy.
    4016 days ago
    That's a tough one. I think your idea of complimenting her on the taste of the food is a good one. Eat slowly! If she just lost some weight, then she will understand why you're not going for seconds. Have fun!

    Happy Thanksgiving!
    4026 days ago
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