Saturday, April 14, 2007

Land of Cheesecake and bowls of M&M's

Last night my FRG (Family Readiness Group, which is for army spouses and families) held a Bunco night. About 24 ladies showed and we all seemed to have a great time tossing the die and winning prizes. Of course, there was food. Mostly snacky finger foods. Bowls of m&ms and cookies at all the tables along with soda and a galore of other fun munchies.

I arrived right on time and immediately took a seat after a few minutes of chit chat. Oddly enough, I didn't even take the time to notice what was on the food tables or what the bowls at our tables contained, but it didn't take long before the food made a grand appearance right near my reach. I sat next to a very nice lady who immediately asked, "Aren't you going to get a plate?" I politely told her that I had just eaten dinner and I may get something a little later.

I did just eat dinner, but I also alloted myself some calories to munch on veggies or healthy snacks while at the party. As we get into the game, I'm concentrating so much on getting to know people, laughing and playing that I don't even think about the food, until my kids are escorted back to the room. Of course, they would like some cookies and the like. So, I help them grab a few things, and it was at that point I realized I hadn't even bothered with the food table. A girl standing next to me mentioned the cheesecake, and I respond, "Oh, there's cheesecake?" She laughed at me, probably because she thought I was crazy for not noticing and we had been there for an hour and a half already. Either that or she thought I didn't know what cheesecake looked like.

It was weird. Normally I would have gone straight to the food to check out what was there. The entire evening would have been centered around filling my belly. Not even noticing the food was definitely out of the ordinary for me, but it felt great. As we continued with the game, many of these sweet skinny and not so skinny ladies were popping m&m's and peanuts and I was amazed that I had no desire to. Unfortunately, for those that are serious and determined about losing weight, these types of events occur and they make it all that much harder to stay focused on goals and progress. Socially, we want to be normal, not out of the ordinary. Well, last night I was glad to be out of the ordinary while in the midst of cheesecake, cookies and bowls of m&ms.

P.S. I did have a peppermint patty. Guilt-free. I even logged it. *wink*

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