Jill, Man oh Man can I relate to that. My company party was last Friday, the next day was my birthday, then the day after that the superbowl (and my DH is a huge football fan who EXPECTS to have stuff to eat for the big game) and now Wednesday is my daughter's birthday, and the only thing she really wanted was to go out to eat at the fondue restaurant.
So anyway, I did not make it through the weekend perfectly, but I did OK. You can't look at it if you eat one thing off plan that the whole diet is ruined, since it is not. So just do your best. I find I do best if I severely limit my drinking and if I don't go to a big event very hungry. So don't go to the party starved. Go to the bar and order a club soda with lime, so you have a drink, since many people will try to get you something to drink if you do not have one in your hand, and it is easy to be weak when someone tries to get you something (I tend to just say yes myself, so having something in your hand is a defense against that).
If you are hosting the get together, you can make it all on plan stuff... I have taken on plan treats to pot lucks, and really no one knows or if they do know they are more likely to eat it. You are not the only one who has to watch what they eat. Most likely all your girls will think it is a great idea too. I know that there are some great recipes out there.
I did like the diet tonic water with a wedge of lime at a party recently. Felt very much like a drink, since I wouldn't normally drink that.
As far as traveling goes... If you are driving, pack an ice chest. Perhaps you can entice your BF to eat on plan with you for breakfast and snacks. I brought yogurt and fruit and bars with me on a trip. We ate breakfast in the room with the yogurt and fruit and had two snacks a day. It saved some money (which is generally how you get my DH to agree to this plan). They have a lot of ice at hotels, and you can refresh your ice chest easily. I just have to say that packing pears was a bad call. They looked pretty unedible after being in an ice chest for a few days. Oranges did well. If you are flying, perhaps packing a bit of dried fruit, so you at least have something that could be on plan. Really hard to get fruit at a restaurant. If they have it, often times it is served with ice cream.
Anyway, you can enjoy yourself, socialize and even go out and eat, and still stay on plan, or at least very close to it. If you slip in these situations, just try to learn from it so you can do better next time, and get back on plan. It is what you do most days that counts the most.
ON LAWL since 9/5/2006
Last edited by BarbaraB; 02-04-2008 at 04:03 PM.