Strategy for an "appetizery" evening out?

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Posted: 04 Dec 2013, 11:13

Hi everyone,

Do you have any suggestions how to approach my outing tomorrow night?

My husband and I are going to an event/reception at a large museum tomorrow evening. There will be different food and drinks stations with appetizers throughout the whole place. That spells trouble to me!! How to stay strong?

Usually I eat breakfast and lunch, and have very light dinner, my biggest meal is lunch.

Do I skip lunch and then enjoy the food at the party?
Do I have my light dinner and try to restrain myself at the party?

I don't know if it's better to go there hungry (and eat) or full (and then eat again lol).

Or just say no to food?

Basically I am afraid it will start with a nibble here and there, have a glass of wine, and you see where this is going...

I was in a maintenance phase until recently, and was really relaxed about it and have put back some 10-15 lb. I really don't have room to just "enjoy life".

Let me know what you guys think.

Thank you!!

(I am so glad for this board and the people who understand this type of "agony"!)
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Posted: 04 Dec 2013, 11:38
I'd say - light lunch, light dinner, extra activity if possible - then try to make wise choices, but choose what you enjoy most. Breath mints, gum, anything to make it harder to eat can be helpful after that. Consider allowing yourself a set amount of time to eat at the event. Say if it's 8-12, set a goal to not eat anything until 9:15, and then nothing after 10:00 (or whatever might work for you). Good luck and enjoy the event!

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Posted: 04 Dec 2013, 11:58
I would enjoy the evening and eat lighter the next day. Allow yourself a bit of indulgence. My strategy is that I don't keep those sorts of goodies at home, so when I go out, I enjoy them in moderation (wine, too). Keep track as best you can and then adjust down the calories when you are relaxing on Sunday. Good luck and have fun!
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Posted: 04 Dec 2013, 14:08
Do not skip meals. It sounds like a good idea, but really you'll just be famished by the time you get to the party and eat more. Eat some really low cal high fiber meals and you'll feel satisfied, making it easier to moderate.

I would also go with Draglists advice and worry about eating lighter the next day. One party will not break you!

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Posted: 04 Dec 2013, 14:39
I would have a big meal right before the party. That will keep you from continuous nibbling.

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Posted: 05 Dec 2013, 03:18
If your husband is an understanding kind of guy,eat veggies in the car on the way there. Enjoy the things you don't usually have, it's a party... but remember it's not a license to over indulge,pretend that your eating as if your at your goal weight. I remember my sister saying put that in this I don't think so.You can do it and no one will ever know. Oh yeah and practice the dumb a"" answers you have to give when people think they can comment on your eating habits.

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Posted: 05 Dec 2013, 08:09
I'd eat your usual meals. If you usually don't snack in the evening don't feel obligated to eat. Drink a bottle of water before you get there and just enjoy the true purpose of the evening ....which i'm sure is not about food.
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Posted: 05 Dec 2013, 10:03

Thank you everyone for your input.

I decided to have my usual meals today, a bit on a lighter side, and then eat something small at the event that is really a special treat.

arr1972 - you are so right - the purpose of the evening is not food, but art, music, other people. But so many things in our society revolve around food!!

I will let you know how it goes, thanks again everyone!

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Posted: 09 Dec 2013, 15:50
New to BB, how was your museum "appetizery" evening out?

Woohoo! I am excited! Love this forum!
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Posted: 10 Dec 2013, 09:51

Deb - thank you for asking!!

It went well. Food wise - I had a light dinner before going there and enjoyed a lovely cocktail and sampled some stuff, but wasn't tempted much.

It was a great event, the museum was open late at night, there was live music, performances, lectures, demonstration. It really wasn't about food, but still food and drinks were everywhere.

It really helps to have a strategy and thanks everyone for helping me out!

If it is important to you, you will find a way. If not, you will find an excuse.

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Posted: 11 Dec 2013, 22:40
Most of my events are sit down dinners or coffee table talking and snacking. Walking around in the museum is a great way to burn calories! Smile

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