Hope everyone is enjoying their long Labor Day weekend. Today begins the second week of our Flat Belly Challenge and for many, today will be a day that tests our will power and commitment to this program. With beers and peers tempting us at Labor Day BBQs, the most important thing to do is have a clear vision of what your boundaries are and having a plan for handling other people’s expectations or comments about your choices.
My test of commitment and resolve was last night. I knew when I made the choice to begin this program with everyone last week that one of the hardest parts was going to be setting some boundaries on an annual dinner party that my dad has every year. Every September, he throws an intimate, gourmet dinner party for three of his Virgo foodie friends. And because my dad is so awesome, he spoils his vegetarian daughter by creating a custom veggie version of every dish just for me. My dad, who is a fabulous chef, puts an amazing amount of time and love into creating this menu. Once the six-course menu is complete, his Virgo friend and wine connoisseur Sharon consults renowned local sommelier, Roberto Viernes, to come up with the ultimate wine pairings for each dish. This gastronomic delight is one of the highlights of the year in our home and you can damn well be sure that I wasn’t going to miss out…however, I set some personal limits and goals for the evening before it began:
- No alcohol: As much as it KILLED me to miss out on Roberto’s stellar wine pairings, I chose *sniff* to abstain from drinking. Not only does alcohol have a ton of empty calories, it actually increases your appetite and dulls off your satiety sensors, which can lead to eating more than you normally would. Plus, because it lowers your inhibitions and affects your self-control, you are much more likely to get carried away and overindulge (as in “Awww F— it, I’ll get back on the program tomorrow! Pass the bottle!!! Woot woot!”).
- Language to Stand My Ground: I knew that not drinking the fine wine selections of the evening was going to be controversial and a total foodie faux pas. However, at the beginning of the evening, I simply and politely stated that I wouldn’t be drinking tonight because I had made a commitment to my Bootcampers. I used humor and lightness to present this information (“More for you guys!”) without making too big of a deal of it and/or making everyone else feel like I was on some healthy high horse.
- Work out BEFORE: Because I knew I would be eating a six-course dinner, I went to Sunday Bootcamp with Gil and put in 100%!
- Work out AFTER: Because I knew I would be eating a six-course dinner, I committed to teaching Monday Morning Bootcamp to do any damage control!
- ENJOY: I made the choice to truly enjoy and savor each bite – consciously and guilt-free! The slower and more consciously you eat, the less you will need to feel satisfied and the more enjoyable the experience – and isn’t that what it is all about?