I worked my plan at each gathering as I planned almost 100%. I adapted a couple of times and I feel good about the choices I made. Even though, I made a substitution here & there, I did not eat more than planned. I even left part of a dessert that wasn't doing much for me. I never thought I could do something like that. Leaving a vegetable that isn't the best? Sure! No problem there. But leaving a cookie? I don't think so. Somehow, someway, I managed not to eat all of it.
To be totally honest, I ate more than I should have after I realized I really wasn't wild about it. It was definitely a "don't be wasteful" attitude, not an "I can't stop" attitude. I offered it to 65MD who didn't want it so I finally covered it with a napkin, so it wouldn't taunt me with my wastefulness. Whatever works, right???
To be clear, I had three celebrations in three days, and I gained back all of the weight I'd struggled to lose, even though I was diligent about my choices. I kept things very low carb with only one treat per party. I happened to mention this weight gain to a nurse friend who insisted that was not possible. She went so far as to say that my scales were broken. I never considered that. I think it is water and with a few days of closely following my meal replacement plan, I'll register a loss.
I'd rather not have gained the weight back, however, I am content with the choices I made. It was a special birthday and I think I would have felt deprived if I had been too strict with myself. Losing weight is a long term goal and life continues to happen. I'm going to make the best decisions I can with the choices I have in front of me.
BTW, I got a Leslie Sansone Walk from Home video. I'll be adding that to my workout routine. Thanks Staci for the suggestion. I also got Richard Simmons Sweatin' to the Oldies. Even though it was a gag gift, I'll gladly give it a whirl too.