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Friday, March 16, 2012

Foodie Festivities & Pastry Parties…

As a person who has continuously struggled with their weight, I’ve always wondered, why do celebrations have to surround around food?!? Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m Italian! I’ve been born and bred to genuinely believe the more food put on your plate by your family members is a physical manifestation of the amount they love you-and let me tell you, they love me A LOT!

But have you ever asked yourself, why do celebrations have to surround themselves around something that some of us struggle with daily? Trust me, I love traditions and festivities just the way they are-because honestly, who wants to celebrate Christmas by running a marathon instead of eating a nice ham-kudos to those of you who do (and no-not the chocolate kind of Kudos)! However, these celebrations can mentally be a very difficult struggle for people who toil with their weight.

With this being said, it can be hard to make people understand that ‘just having one cupcake’ or ‘just trying a couple appetizers’ is not the same for us fluffy (my favorite word instead of fat) fighters as it is for you ‘normal’ folk. Needing to tap into your will power to avoid consuming copious amounts of these celebratory delights is an understatement-it can nearly be impossible...

For example, this past weekend was my sister’s bachelorette party. As one of her maid of honors, it was our job to set it up and arrange everything. She wanted to go to a dueling piano restaurant/bar and have everyone stay over close by. This sounds like a really fun time, however anyone who struggles with their weight sees and hears a different description of the night’s festivities; here is the description that I hear: “OH $#!T, ok, so this means-pizza, cupcakes, champagne, cookies, chips, candy, booze at the bar, AKA a diet disaster!"

Me, my sister Becky, and other Maid of Honor (also named) Rachel!

Armed and ready for battle, I brought a 100 Calorie Mini Muffin pack to try to avoid eating the cupcakes, not to mention everything else! Well guess what was the only thing left the next morning, my 100 Calories Mini Muffins...why I thought little coffee cake mini muffins would have an armor of steel, I may never know…

(Other) Rachel's Amazing Cupcakes!
Thank god, no pictures were taken of all the other food haha!

Celebrations of all sorts including holidays, birthdays, weddings, nights out, anniversaries, etc. all tend to surround around food which can be more frustrating than a skinny girl calling herself fat! There is no one magical solution for everyone that has to tackle the food frenzy at celebrations. However, I tend to feel that planning ahead and being conscious of your choices is the best preparation one can have. For example, yes I splurged and ate a good amount at my sister’s bachelorette, but I was good every other day that week and only drank water at the bar (I don’t drink alcohol anymore because I am a true foodie at heart and would rather chew my calories then drink them hehe). I also made sure there were healthy options for me to indulge on at the party as well…veggies with fat-free dip-when in doubt, dip away!

Now with her wedding a week from today, I am already mentally gearing up for the rehearsal dinner, day of festivities, AND, the morning after brunch. This all equals-food, food, and MORE FOOD! All I can expect from myself is to try my hardest to not over indulge,  while allowing myself to enjoy the true celebrations occurring: the marriage of my sister to her soon to be husband, and that the type of cake they chose I don’t like!

You see how I TRY to handle this...how do you all realistically tackle food centered celebrations?!? :)

Until next time, keeping the bulge at bay!


  1. I say celebrate and make up for it with extra time in the gym and being extra good the rest of the week. If you don't allow yourself to be apart of the fun your lifestyle isn't truly sustainable in my opinion. I would never beat myself up for splurging at a family member's wedding. It's just part of life!

    1. Could not agree more, Julie! Maintaining is about finding a balance in life...thanks for sharing!

  2. One day, one celebration, one holiday does not an overweight person make. Eat, enjoy and realize that family, food, memories and NOT denial is what sustains us. BOT (back-on-track) is what maintaining is all about. And this is from a mother who fills the table and the guests and gets BOT the next day because maintenance is my daily celebration.

  3. I know, I too am a total foodie, and when I hear party or celebrate, the first thing I think of is oooohhh cake!! :)), but I have learned or I am learning to not focus so much on the food, and enjoy the friends and family fellowship!! Now this is not at all an easy feat. I tend to load up on the healthy choices (there always seems to be a full veggie tray, that noone is eating, mind you!) And I decide if there is really something worth a splurge. Like if it's chocolate cake, I can skip this, not a favorite. I like BOT philosophy from Wry Writer too!!

    1. I could not agree more, Noelle! Concentrate on the reason we are celebrating...not just the yummy food that comes along with it! Also, deciding on what is worth splurging is the key to maintenance-just get back on track after...and we all will never be fluffy again! :)
      Thanks for commenting!