This year, I opted out.
I spoke to my boss, who knows my situation with food. She was just a colleague 3 years ago when I was losing all my weight. She was very impressed and inspired and asked me to help her at the gym. I did. We worked out together, we talked about food, we traded cookbooks. I knew she'd understand, and she did. I got a get out of jail free card.
I went home and prepared myself a healthy lunch. I went to the gym. I ran some errands. It was definitely a better choice.
I did, later, on a whim, head out to a little cafe to play a couple games of cribbage with a twitter friend. I had 2 beers when I meant to have one. I'm not beating myself up about it because had I chosen to go to the Holiday party, I would have had 0934438395845 more PlusPoints than I ended up having with those 2 beers, which I earned because I had the points for them.
I'm starting to come around again to the fact that this is a barter and trade system with myself. If I want a beer, I have to work out longer. If I want to be lazy, I have to eat less. It's a simple concept, but it's so easy to feel that it's "unfair" or that no one else has to live life this way. Which is somewhat true, because a lot of other people don't want to eat until they can't move. That's not a "normal" thing for them. So, because I have food issues, I have to keep myself in check.
When deciding whether or not to skip the party, I did solicit some advice from other dieters on some good solutions. Here's what they said:
- Fill your plate with vegetables and carry it around.
- Always keep a glass of water in your hand so you have one less hand to shovel food into your mouth.
- Use this time to visit with those people in other departments you rarely get to see. If you're talking, you're not chewing.