Yesterday was my Dad’s 60th birthday party. My mom threw a get-together at the house, because he didn’t want a “party.” So, this get-together included bar-b-que, green beans, corn on the cob, spaghetti, potato salad, pasta salad, appetizers, peach cobbler, birthday cake and ice cream along with about 50 of our closest friends and family. My family does not understand the definition of an small get together. But, we had a blast! My Daddy was so happy. My sister made a beautiful DVD with photos of my Dad from infancy, to meeting my mom in college, to us growing up in Kansas City, all the way to Christmas with my niece.

 There was so much food everywhere. I ate just one plate and loaded it with the corn and green beans. However, I did go overboard with the desert. I had cobbler and ice cream and cake AND ice cream. I didn’t beat myself up about it though. I am adjusting to the mindset that there is no “on plan/ off plan.”  I just enjoyed my family and the food.  However, I knew that today I had to make up for yesterday’s desert debacle. I packed my to-go plate with chicken and veggies only and at that for lunch today. No cake, no cobbler. This afternoon I watched “Water For Elephants,” a cute movie about a 1930s veterinarian that runs away with the circus and falls in love. Later on my little sister invited herself to my house. She wanted to play the X-box Kinect, but I really needed to walk  in preparation for my half marathon in a couple months. So, we put in Leslie Sansone’s walk at home DVD. I told her that we would walk for two miles, but really I knew I wanted to walk three miles. (She is sitting next to me now as I dictate this blog post, looking at me in shock and horror, that I once again tricked her into a lengthy routine.) LOL! Anyway, she was surprised that Leslie talks through the whole routine, I told her that’s just what Chatty Cathy does. We had fun and even broke a sweat. Leslie said we were her “Sisters in Sweat.”

I was glad that my sister came over and helped me stay on track. After the workout I was hungry and cooked dinner. Still making up for yesterday, I opted to prepare a meal with just a few carbs. I made baked tilapia seasoned with roasted red pepper and garlic with a side of mixed veggies and cheese. The fish was delicious, very similar to the Parmesan encrusted tilapia recipe that I posted a while back. I’m anxious to see what the scale will say at the weight watcher meeting tomorrow. But, honestly with my new approach towards being healthy, I won’t let it impact my behavior. I’m using the scale for information, not judgment. My pants feel looser and my attitude is brighter. So regardless of what the scales says, I tracked every day for a week (except last night), got in some activity, remained positive, and got right back on plan after a relaxed night of fun. In my book, that’s success.

  1. “Information, not judgement”. That’s a great line. I’ve been reading your blog posts for a while now, just wanted to pop in and say hi. Your Dad looks great!

  2. Great post. It’s amazing how the scale and a number has the ability to make us feel badly. I gained last week at my weigh in but I knew it was because I am working with heavy weights now and gaining muscle. The skirt I was wearing was the smallest size I’ve ever worn, but that scale still messed with me.

    I know WW has to use the scale for measuring progress but you almost wish they would find another way!

    Keep up the hard work–I would have had the cobble too! MMMM

  3. I chuckled a little bit to myself when I read the “Sisters in Sweat”. And I think it is funny you tricked your sister into a longer workout. I probably could benefit from having someone trick me into longer workouts!

  4. I agree that was sucess!

  5. Hi Sarah, welcome! I heard that line in a weight watchers meeting years ago. Thanks for stopping by, I can only hope I look as good as my parents when I’m 60!

  6. Thanks Melissa, with the WW e tools they have a space to put your body measurements and your clothes size. I’ve never used it, but it is probably a good way to keep track of progress especially if you are building muscle.

  7. Aubree, She was so mad, but not really…lol We had a great time. I think I’ll buy her a Leslie Sansone DVD to do by herself, when I’m not available.

  8. Thanks Linda! I’m still tracking and feeling good.

  9. The pciture of your parents (young) is totally adorable!!!

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