Tonight was the faculty and staff Christmas party at the University! I was so excited as I was carefully picking out my clothes. This would be kinda my 'unveiling' party! I have worked hard and wanted to show off a little
Don't hate me, I'm just being honest! Shallow, but honest! As I was getting dressed, everything I had selected was too big on me! Instead of looking hot, I looked like I had borrowed clothes to wear to the biggest event of the year! First I put on my favorite push up bra (sometimes the girls need a little extra help). Well, I had not worn my pretty black lace one with the hot pink trim in a while and I did not realize how many inches I have lost. In the summer this bra was tight on the first set of hooks. Tonight I tightened all the way in on the last hooks, still plenty of room! I had to tighten the straps up as short as they would go . . . something has to do the work here! Then I pulled out my Spanks because I planned to wear a black silky pantsuit and I wanted everything to lay smooth. The Spanks just slide on . . . no tug, no pulling, no stretching of the elastic fibers at all! Ha! Guess they aren't going to help hold anything in! I pulled out my favorite black Chico palazzo pants and matching wrap top. I stepped into the pants and they were huge on me. The pants waist band is now tucked under my bra!!! Ah, good, they can work together. The bra can keep the pants up and the pants can fill in the gap around my bra band. This is a sexy look! HA! Alright, no problem, the wrap top will cover the waist band area and no one will ever know. I put on the little cami that goes under the wrap, again too big, I had to tighten the straps to the smallest setting and it still gapped in the front. Pulled on the wrap and I must say, it looks better than it ever has. No clinging, just draped nicely and plenty of room for the ends of the wrap to tie into a nice bow. Ahhhh, so that is what it looks like when it's not being stretched to maximum capacity!!! Jewelry and shoes and I'm out the door. I put on my shoes and I'm stepping on my pants hems! Really?! Can I just get dressed and go! I put on a different pair of shoes with a higher heel and head out.
When we arrived at the diner we were a little late, due to the fashion fiasco! When I walked in the room, I promise you people who had not seen me in a while gasped! (YESSSSSS!) More than a few friends remarked that I looked fabulous! (YESSSSSS!) One of my neighbors who I hadn't seen in months kept pointing at me and whispering to her husband and finally motioned for me to come over to her. She said "Dear, you look marvelous! I honestly did not know who you were and asked Jerry who is the gorgeous gal at the shrimp table?"
Well, now! Don't you know how awesome I am feeling! All my training, running and healthy eating are paying off in pretty noticeable ways! And I'm liking it! Bolstered by the complements, I was oh so careful in my food selections. I passed the rolls and butter. Filled my plate with fresh fruit, a couple raw veggies. Passed the mashed potatoes, stuffing, corn pudding, gravy. Grabbed a plate of cocktail shrimp and a slice of turkey breast. Everything was yummy and I didn't feel like I was missing out on a thing! I actually couldn't eat it all. I did indulge in the most yummy raspberry cheesecake and a decaf black coffee. So worth it! I was only able to eat half the slice of cheesecake. It was so good I really wanted to make myself eat it all . . . why? I don't know why? Something in me has always said more of a good thing is better. But not tonight. If four bites were good and my tummy was satisfied . . I'll stop there. I'm not a saint! But, I'm also not a glutton for punishment. I know I would be dissatisfied with myself if I over indulged in a temporary pleasure and it kept me from reaching my goals! I'm not giving that power away to piece of cheesecake! I've fought hard and I now know how to make better choices for myself! Go me!
Urggggh! I just realized that my husband got toothpaste splatter all over the mirror! Sorry!
Food today for day 3 of 2 wk. challenge:
Steel Cut Oats
Egg and Turkey Sausage Fritata with sundried tomatoes and spinach
Black Bean Veggie Burger
Lowfat Provolone Cheese
1/4 cup spicy nut mix (homemade w/pecans, pumpkin seeds, honey)
1 oz. chevr cheese with cranberries
1 serving rye crisp crackers
Christmas Party Dinner:
1 cup mixed fruit (pineapple, kiwi, blueberries, orange segments)
6 Jumbo Shrimp w/1 tbsp cocktail sauce
2 oz. Turkey Breast
4 celery stalks
1/2 piece of raspberry cheesecake
Drank only water and decaf coffee today. Didn't get a workout in because of the Christmas party. Plan to run tomorrow night and Saturday to make up for it. Feel that I made wise choices and stayed in the lower end of my calories! YAY!