covered a little CTMH album about 15 minutes before guests arrived and had each write a bit of "advice" to the bride-to-be.
both parties went off without a hitch. Clark even decided to dress up like a princess and while I promised I wouldn’t post any pictures, it was the FUNNIEST thing I have seen a long time!!
I have some realistic party-going advice for all my challenge takers. You know today was party day, right? You know that I invited my neighbor to create a delicious dessert for the bridal shower right? Ok, here’s the deal: I am NOT going to say to Debra "Thank you so much for bringing this delicious dessert. I wish I could eat it, but I can’t because I’m participating in a can’t-eat-dessert challenge right now." That is just plain absurd, not to mention rude and honestly, do you really want to sound like your boasting about your amazing will power anyway? Here’s what you do (and what I did.) You serve yourself a very small portion of this flourless, chocolate mousse delight cake and you enjoy it and that’s it. Partaking of it, doesn’t change your comittment to the challenge, it doesn’t mean you are weak or that you will continue to "blow it" the rest of the day. It simply means you made the right choice — that of being a socially responsible and sensitive person. You don’t have to eat the other chocolate-covered nuts and fruits. You don’t have to have another piece to be polite, you don’t even have to finish the whole thing — you can take the "it’s so rich" plea and you’ll be fine. Keep in mind, that eating the really rich and delicious portion of your neighbor’s homemade dessert does not mean you need to eat the bakery-made birthday cake and ice cream at the other party later in the day (no risk of offense there.)
We all know that diets don’t work. So whatever you do, don’t act like this is a diet. This is not about restriction, but about awareness of what is contributing to or taking away your energy, this is about correcting the balance from a perspective of wellness. Remember this: Nothing you eat tomorrow can change anything you ate today — so don’t fall into the trap of "Oh, I already blew it today, so I might as well go hog-wild and then just starve myself tomorrow, or just eat grapefruits or something — Ok, that kind of mentality is NOT going to work for this challenge or ever. Do the best you can and do the right thing and then be really proud of the good days and willing to evaluate not-so-good days.
I’m totally blown away by the response so far (and totally thrilled) Be sure to check out the challenge album (right side of my blog.) Simply click on each photo to read more about each person’s commitment notes and thoughts. If I have missed you, let me know! I know I received a few more later today — so those aren’t up just yet.