Today we went to a very nice wedding. We had a great time and I learned a lot. I set out with the mindset that this is a special day, a celebration, and would certainly have pitfalls and traps. I knew I would end up eating off-plan foods and had as my goal to make the bests decisions of the available options, while enjoying the celebration. To start off with I made sure to eat my full regular meal of morning oats. Then, when we got there, even though I wasn't hungry, I had a decent serving of the quinoa dish I brought, just to make sure I was full up of good food. Throughout the day I had a handful of tortilla chips. I had a small handful of peanuts. I had a bite size piece of pumpkin bread. I had a small hot pepper chocolate truffle. I had 2 slices of bread. (My bread, as healthy as bread can be for you). I ate fruit. They had lots. I ate some salad, no dressing. I had 3 vegetarian meatballs. I was quite impressed with the taste of the meatballs. They tasted great and could have easily been mistaken for meat. I'm not sure what all was in them but I'm sure I am glad I only ate three. I wouldn't have even tried them except a friend of mine made them and really wanted my opinion of them. All in all I could have done a lot worse. Keeping myself full of food I knew was good helped limit the stuff that wasn't.
But... I think we all know that eating crap food leads to craving more... so when I got home and wanted some chocolate I wasn't too surprised. But I didn't give in. Instead I ate two small leftover baked potatoes that were in the fridge. I didn't really want potatoes, but I figured being full of them would make it easier to skip the chocolate. It worked.
I also had alcohol. I allow myself one ounce of bourbon every month. I skipped last months bourbon and so today I had 2 ounces of bourbon. Then I had a glass of red wine. I didn't plan on having the wine, but I don't regret it. It was part of a wonderful celebration and a great time was had by all.
There were quite a few vegetarians at this wedding. I was amazed at how many of them were fat. Given the large number of over-processed fat-laden dishes they brought I shouldn't be. The vegetarian meatballs I had were just one example. There were several others I passed over.
When it was all over and time to clean up I pitched in and helped. Wiping tables, putting up chairs, sweeping and mopping floors... physical work I haven't been used to in a long, long time. I am impressed with how much I was able to do. Yes, I'm very tired and sore for it now.... but I am so pleased at the progress I've made and the increased mobility and capacity for productive work. I'll sleep soundly and tomorrow I'll continue my journey home.