You're going to be just fine. It is an adjustment, socializing and not giving in to every little food desire that passes your way. You will build more confidence as you see you CAN socialize and get away unscathed, so to speak.
For me, when I go to social events, I have a set of definite NO'S that I follow. I make them ahead of time, this way I don't have to think about it when I get there. The decision's already been made, when I had a clear head and not faced with the temptation.
I would therefore caution you about those *things that you may want to taste*. Remember, just because you want something, doesn't mean you HAVE to have it. Right now you are focused on your health and you can't let that focus fly out the window just because your circumstances are not *ideal*, so to speak. For me, one taste, led to two, led to three, led to me blowing my whole calorie budget and perhaps not getting back on plan for days or heaven's forbid weeks. It took *me* a looooong time till I was able to have a *taste* of something without it causing an overeating episode. Sometimes, it STILL does. When I was in the early throes of my weight loss journey, I was not willing to take a chance that I could do it *this time*, I was not willing to take a chance, I was not willing to risk a weight gain or a stall. But of course we are all different.
But for me, I declare the cakes, cookies, desserts, the saucy, mayonaise-y stuff.strictly off limits. I don't find it restrictive, I find it freeing. I stick to grilled chicken and veggies and some fruit. Diet soda and lots of mingling!
Those foods didn't hold power over me, if I had already pre-determined that I was NOT going to eat them.
Anyway, I look forward to hearing of you mastering the evening.Enjoy !! But I for one won't wish you luck. Luck can't help you. Luck's got nothing to do with this. This is all about choice.
Thank goodness it's not left up to luck, because than it would be out of our hands, out of our control and that's never a good thing. It's too darn important. This IS within our power, this IS within our control.
I digressed yet again. Oy. Let us know how it went.