We had ten wonderful people over for dinner last night. Pita chips, hummus, veggies for appetizers; grilled salmon, chicken ka-bobs, salad and vegetable rice pilaf for dinner; an amazing raspberry trifle for dessert. Oh. And wine.
The food was mostly healthy, and there was lots of it! We laughed. We ate. We festivated! I thought about my weekly points, and how in the past when I've indulged in actually using them, my weight has gone up a pound or two the next day. It usually takes two or three days to recover.
And that's exactly what happened! Up a pound and half this morning. But instead of being DEVESTATED, as I have been in the past, I saw the scale and thought to myself, "Well, I expected that!"
Not that it's OKAY, but I'm starting to understand that it's NORMAL. This is life. We are to live it. Festivating is allowed. We are just not supposed to FESTIVATE every day! And a little up and down is to be expected. It doesn't mean that I'm a failure at dieting. Actually, what I think this means is that I am a success at learning my new lifestyle.
My sister just spent a few days with several fit and healthy people, and she said they all festivated like crazy the whole time they were together. But when it was time to go home, they all went right back to eating very healthy. So I festivated last night, and today I'm back to the straight and narrow.
It's even Biblical, as we can see in this well known passage from Ecclesiastes Chapter 3:
1 There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
2 a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3 a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
4 a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
6 a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7 a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
8 a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.
A time to deprivate, and a time to festivate!