It’s time again for my favorite week of the year–my birthday week!
I’m looking forward to a fun-filled week that will, no doubt, be caloric. At last count, I had 2 lunches and 2 dinners scheduled for celebration.
And some of those Facebook “likes” are paying off: Panera sent me a gift coupon for a free sweet treat (which doesn’t expire until October, thank goodness!), TCBY treated me to a small fro-yo last week, Yo-lo is treating me to another fro-yo (before the end of the month), and Ace Hardware sent me a $5 gift card. (And yes, I could use my Ace Hardware card for food: they have candy at the checkout! LOL But I’ll probably spend it on something inedible.) As a big wrap-up, I’ll be heading out on a road trip at the end of the week, for which I might be making cake joys.
Whew! Good thing I’ve worked off 20 donuts! I should try for another 10 this week
Some would resent the intrusion of so many food-centric entries in a week, but I welcome it. In part, because it’s celebratory, but more that it’s a genuine display of affection from people close to me. Cooking for someone or treating them to a meal out is one way we show we care. (Letting the honoree choose the restaurant or menu is another, and for that I’m truly grateful to my friends and family!)
Besides, as I learned rather belatedly in this life, my commitment to healthier eating isn’t about the various hosts and hostesses or calorie counts on menus or manufacturers’ ingredient lists; it’s about ME! It’s what I choose to order or accept on my plate. It doesn’t matter what other people order or pile on their plates; all I have to concern myself with is what I do! It’s always about ME!
That may not seem like much of a revelation to many of you, but it was a hugely empowering bit of knowledge for me. (Seriously, I feel even stronger and more in control just typing it.) For years, I’d partially blamed “food-pushers” and other saboteurs when I fell off the diet bus. It wasn’t all my fault, not when the snack room was conveniently located right next to my office. (Never mind that I was the one who chose the location and was responsible for stocking it, and forget that there were fruits and nuts from which to choose even if I was opting for the Nutter Butters.) It was Not.ALL.My.Fault.
Obviously, there was some part of me that knew who was in charge of me and fortunately, she fought her way to the forefront. She even channeled her inner Johnnie Cochran and came up with a catchy slogan:
If it is to be, it is up to me!**
Okay, so maybe there’s a reason he was rich and famous and I’m not, but as a personal mantra, it worked for me. And the more I said it, the more I believed it and, more importantly, acted on it. So now, when Memaw not-so-subtly hints that I should choose the catfish restaurant for my birthday lunch, I can go and enjoy it in good spirits, knowing that I’m in charge of what I order and eat. (Admittedly, it helps that they have awesome green beans and coleslaw! )
So that’s how I’m approaching this week: celebrating ALL of me, but really appreciating the part that feels secure in my power! And also planning to work in extra exercise whenever the schedule allows! LOL
And you? Can you embrace that it’s really all about YOU? (Except when it’s all about ME!)
** I just googled “my” mantra and learned that I didn’t originate it. Someone named William H. Johnsen did. Or Chumbawumba. I can’t tell. But I’ll bet none of them thought of my other favorite mantra from back then:
If I dwell, I will swell.
But dwelling is a topic for another day!