But I wouldn't have without the help of friends, planning, and a tiny smiggen of my own will power.
Marcie did fill my plate at the potluck. Luckily, I was busy with IEP's and the School Store and didn't even have a chance to walk into the teachers' lounge. Marcie left me a plate on my desk and it was the perfect plate of food for someone who is trying to eat healthy. She did a great job!
But..... I was very aware that Marcie's plate for me was much different than if I had filled it myself.
She gave me a dollop of hummus, some quinoa salad, fruit salad, a dollop of chicken salad, and some veggies. She also brought me a bowl of Rita's turkey/green chili/quinoa soup.
Here's the difference I noticed:
1. I don't think I do dollops. And you know what? When you have a bunch of different things on your plate, a dollop of each thing is enough! I think, even at a potluck with many different things on my plate, I do servings. And to me, a serving is like a cup or more.
Marcie's plate was beautiful. I wish I had taken a picture. This is the first time that I have had potluck without piling food on top of food. Does anyone else to that? When I eat at a potluck, not only do I have to work my way eating around the plate, I have to work through the different layers.
Architecturally (as though I know squat about that), my plate filled by Marcia was a one-story house. When I fill my plate at a potluck, it is an five-story office building.
2. Eating the bowl of soup that Marcie brought me, I was aware that when I put soup in a bowl (or cereal or ice cream or anything else one uses a bowl for), I have to walk very carefully in order not to spill. I fill to the rim. Luckily, I have all those years under my belt where my mother made me walk around with a book on top of my head to learn to walk smoothly. Otherwise, I wouldn't be so good at pigging out on foods inside of bowls!
I was aware that I fill bowls like I used to fill red wine glasses. It was late in my drinking career that someone told me that they were only supposed to be filled to a third full.
I still don't understand that. Why? Why? Why?????
Lunch was a great success.
But I still had Bunco ........ otherwise known as spend-two-and-a-half-hours-with-your-hand-in-constant-motion-between-your-mouth-and-a-food-source.
Luckily, I went to Tara's for dinner first. She made an amazing stir fry chicken recipe and homemade cinnamon raisin bread (only one piece, I promise).
So I was able to spend the evening playing Bunco and I only ate grape tomatoes and a Diet Coke!
And the best part........ I WON the most Buncos and the prize is a body wrap! I've heard about these body wraps but haven't ever tried one. I'm excited!
Uhh, can you read that backwards?
I'm going to bed feeling like I've had a successful day................ with
a little a lot of help from my friends.