Monday, September 2, 2013

Friends, Fun, and Lessons Learned...

This weekend being Labor Day weekend and the unofficial "end of summer" has posed a few challenges!  Because of where I live, Labor Day brings in thousands of tourists and with that tons of our friends that we only see a couple of times a year. While I absolutely love seeing all of our friends and spending as much time with them as I can, they also love going out to eat in Moab's amazing restaurants... A LOT.  Now, don't get me wrong, I love going out to eat too but finding things that are "OK" to eat and, that meal being something that I will enjoy, has been a challenge.   So what have I learned this weekend?

1. Catered BBQ's are not primal/paleo friendly, not even the meat.  While I love a good bbq pork sandwich, I know the provided sauce soaked meat was most likely made either using a bottled sauce full of sugar or corn syrup or a homemade sauce made with sugar or brown sugar.  Not a very good choice.  Secondly, the usual catered salads include: Coleslaw (sugar), Potato Salad (I don't eat potatoes), and Macaroni Salad (wheat among other things) all processed and prepackaged.  Knowing this ahead of time, I made the decision to eat before I went and hope that no one noticed so I didn't have to explain why I wasn't eating.  So, I made myself a big helping of my Zucchini Spaghetti (recipe coming soon), grabbed some water and headed to the bbq and, you know what, no one noticed I didn't eat and, I didn't miss it.  I mingled, met new people, reconnected with old friends and just had a blast!  Lesson Learned:  Eat before you go to an event that you know or think might not have foods you can enjoy.  No one will notice you don't eat and, if they do it's easy to say "I'm just not very hungry".  Unless, of course, you want to explain the amazing new lifestyle you've adopted.  Then I say go for it!

2. Your friends do generally have your best interests in mind and want to help you succeed (if they don't, you might want to consider new friends).  We have some great friends that traveled here all the way from Calgary, Alberta Canada to visit Moab for the weekend (Love you Mike and Diane!).  They wanted nothing more than to take us to dinner and spend some good time with us over good food (who doesn't?  It seems to have become the center of socializing).  That being said, they wanted to be very sure that we went to a place that I could find something good to eat on the menu.  I haven't been eating out a lot since I started this and so, I wasn't sure where we could go but, ended up choosing the Moab Brewery (I place I know the menu fairly well).  I had a wonderful Gyro Salad.  While I'm sure the meat wasn't "on my diet" I did the best I could.  You know, not having a burger and fries didn't deter me from having a great time.  I still had great conversation and enjoyed my dinner.  This one dinner gave me the confidence to face the many more that came this weekend.  Lesson learned: Pick good friends that will do their best to support you.  The best ones want to see you succeed not fail.  I am truly blessed to have such an amazing and broad group of friends that are my cheerleaders!

3.  Ice cream makes my stomach hurt!  This was one of the saddest things I learned this weekend.  My nephew Ryan turned 19 this week (Happy Birthday Ryan! Oh! You can check out his adventures on his blog: and since he is spending the summer with us we decided to celebrate.  I ordered an ice cream cake from our good friend Jeremy and owner of the Marble Slab Creamery in South Jordan, Utah.  I was very much looking forward to having a small piece of this cake because I LOVE LOVE... well loved... Jeremy's ice cream.  We sang "Happy Birthday", cut the cake, passed out the slices and then I started to eat mine.  It was delightful!  I won't lie, it tasted heavenly!  About halfway through my slice of "cake" my stomach started to cramp and spasm sending me running to the girls room.  Lesson Learned:  While Jeremy may have the best ice cream in the world, I can no longer eat it.  After removing added sugar and most dairy from my diet, I just don't tolerate it anymore.  No more ice cream for me.  Sorry Jeremy, I still love you!

All in all, I have absolutely no complaints about this holiday weekend.  I have had an amazing time with great old friends and new friends.  It has given me some great insight into some of my eating battles and what I can do to over come them.  I look forward to many more challenges, I am ready to find solutions!  The more I learn about myself, the more I can move on to a healthier more active life!

Something to think about:  When you are faced with challenges, what are some creative ways that you can overcome them?

"Stand up to your obstacles and do something about them.  You will find, they haven't half the strength you think they have." ~ Norman Vincent Peale

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  1. Thanks so much for this! Not only are you helping yourself, but you are helping me (and others I'm sure!). I am also 37 and have about 130 lbs left to lose, I'm down 15 lbs so far. I like that you are celebrating even the small losses because it made me realize I need to change that voice I have that says "only 15 lbs" instead of 15 lbs!!! Keep it up you're doing great :)

    1. Teresa, that has been a hard lesson to learn! Congratulations on your 15lbs, that is nothing to sneeze at. I'm glad you have found inspiration here! Keep up the excellent fight, we can do this!