I began my Advocare Cleanse on Monday and almost didn't because I knew that I would be out of town from Thursday until Saturday. I thought of how difficult it would be to eat clean when not in my own home calling all the shots. I quit that way of thinking and decided that this would be the ultimate test. I decided that it is finally time to gain control in a situation where I would normally feel totally out of control.
So, I took on the challenge...
Barbecue number one had more than pictured above to tempt my taste buds. However, the two things pictured would have been the things that I overdid -- chocolate chip cookies and Butterfinger Puppy Chow. I didn't touch them. Other tempting treats included:
- Homemade Macaroni and Cheese
- Chocolate Cake
- Ice Cream
- Hot Dogs
The second barbecue included treats such as:
- Lots of cake
- Barbecue Ribs
- Hot Dogs
- Key Lime Pie Cheeseball
- Adult Beverages -- something yummy and fruity looking, not sure what it was though
- Nacho Dip
The pasta salad on the plate was a healthier version that I made with whole wheat pasta. I did eat one small serving of ribs. I know it may not be healthy, but that is the one food out of everything that I never get to eat otherwise. So, I had a taste. Not even a little bit sorry about it either. I did try some of the salsa dip, but not with chips. I decided to dip celery in it. Delicious!
The pasta salad I made. It had veggies, whole wheat pasta, turkey pepperoni, and organic Italian salad dressing.
I am really proud of a lot of the decisions that I made. We went out to eat and I ate well. We went for pizza and I had a big salad with grilled chicken. We went to a restaurant famous for fried fish (I mean, seriously, that batter would make a fried shoe taste good). I ate baked fish, green beans, and a sweet potato -- no butter or brown sugar. My mother in law made cinnamon rolls for breakfast. I ate oatmeal. I seriously rocked it!
This is what I learned was most important about the whole weekend:
My kids enjoying their meal.
Darcy playing in the sun.
Tim and Darcy Swimming
Darcy and my niece checking out some of the neighbor's fireworks
At these parties and get-togethers, it is the people that are important. I found myself enjoying those who surrounded me a lot more, when I was not so focused on the food. All of the stuff that was so hard, was not so hard anymore. I just told myself to walk away from the table and to enjoy the people that surrounded me. You know what? I was right and it worked.