Tuesday, September 15, 2009

IT'S NOT ALWAYS FEAST OR FAMINE

Can you go to a feast and not feast and still have fun? The answer is a resounding YES! My whole life I have been a black and white thinker and with dieting it was always on or off with nothing in between . Do you know what that way of thinking has done for me? It kept me over 500 pounds for many years. When I got well, I decided to let go of the all or nothing thinking. I don’t stay away from events that I want to be at just because they have a lot of food. I plan ahead. As you get to know me you will notice I use the word "plan" a lot. Even though it’s been seven and a half years since my bariatric surgery there are so many activities on my list of things I want to do and I have not gotten to them all. My boyfriend knows if he helps me cross one thing off my list there will be extra “lovin” in store for him. This weekend he took me to a Manhattan festival that has been around since before I was born. It's called the San Gennaro Festival or Feast. Growing up I would hear about it, but I could not go because it involved a lot of walking, which I could not do. I knew it was a food orgy which lined about two miles worth of streets with tempting and fried Italian food and desserts. They even have fried Oreos now Also there were a
lot of other fun booths, shopping and rides. My plan was that we would eat our dinner there and I would walk as long as I had to in order to find the healthiest choice. In a sea of fried foods, I chose to have a stuffed artichoke , one soft shell crab and a single bite of a famous Italian dessert called zeppole. This was a major victory for me as I had really thought it out. We went on a fun ride, shopped, held hands, and walked away the calories. At the end of the night I realized my memory would be more about the fun than the food. This was an important epiphany for me. So get out there and do the things you love but PLAN,PLAN,PLAN. I wanted to also remind you I will be speaking in New York city on September 26th at a very important event. For details go to my homepage. I would love to see you there. TTFN( a friend recently taught me this)--- it means ta ta for now in computer talk.
All my best wishes for you…… Stacey P.S. Keep blogging to me. I love hearing your thoughts

2 Comments:

Anonymous Sheila K said...

Stacey
My phone ring and I was in such a terrible mood and I was pigging out and really didn't even want to pick it up but I did. Wow, was I glad I did! I could not believe the voice said "Hi Sheila, how are you, it's Stacey". Oh, I was so glad to hear from. You were so kind to call me back (I never thought you would when I wrote you and asked you to). Just talking to you was uplifting. You made me laugh, you made me cry (from just calling me back). You understand so much of what I am going through. I had to publicly thank you and by the way I did what you said, I got rid of the binge food in front of me, I wrote down what I was feeling and I made out a food plan for the next three days. So far so good!
Thank you Stacey.
Your friend
Sheila K
Ps
Great Blog

September 17, 2009 at 2:44 PM  
Anonymous Doreen said...

Dear Stacey
You Rock! You have made yourself public and have helped so many of us. I love your blogs and keep them coming.
Thanks
Doreen

September 20, 2009 at 9:34 PM  

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