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Monday, July 02, 2012

Pre-party, party and post-party pig roast festivities are over and done with.

Krsto and Carla’s 17th Annual Pig Roast is history.

I know it is the 17th because the first was in celebration of the birth of my first daughter and she turned 17 this year. Ever year, the food, the fellowship and the bocci tournament have gotten bigger and bigger and every year, the event becomes a memory makers for one and all.

My Dad preparing the "Guest of Honor" and his "Date"

Everyone enjoyed the nearly perfect weather!

Spectators at the Bocci Tournament

Bocci is serious business.

The winning team takes all!

I have a long history of overeating before this event, at this event and after this event. Then “starting over” on Monday...and petering out on the effort by the following Monday.

That history and my desire to change it is what caused me to post the last blog. A blatant cry for help.

I don’t think asking for help is easy for anyone. I know it is not for me, and after writing my plea, I debated about posting it.

What if no one answered? What if no one cared?

Well, this is Spark People and I found out first hand that Spark People care. I received an avalanche of advice, support, tips, pointers, strategies and a lot of well wishes. All of which served to set my compass and carry me through the worst of the temptations unscathed!

My Mom's "Banana Split Cake." Yes, it tastes as good as the title!

Most of you advised that I enjoy the day in moderation. One particularly wise SP Friend told me, "...I try to think of what I'll truly enjoy and then I let myself enjoy it. If I tell myself no or start thinking "This is my last chance to eat this food EVER," I will eat like there's no tomorrow."

That really hit the nail on the head for me. Using it and all the other wonderful advice as a crutch, I got away with three, long, slow, savory bites of the Banana Split cake; instead of 30 bites!

I did not track, but I stuck with the proteins and freggies and sampled the dishes that come but once a year. Or once every 45 years...

This was the mini wedding cake in celebration of my Mom and Dad's 45th Wedding Anniversary.

So thank you Spark Friends! You were with me in spirit and helped carry me through the day.

I appreciate the help, and will be eager to return the favor. emoticon

Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does. ~William James

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    AWESOME! Glad you had a good time and created GREAT memories!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3270 days ago
    Good on you....especially those three savory bites of your Mom's most excellent looking Banana Split Cake!
    3270 days ago
  • LE7_1234
    I got unsubscribed a few blogs back, apparently.... So I missed the pre-event post until it was too late. Sounds like you did amazingly well....

    One thing that really helps me going into something like this is to picture how I want to feel afterwards. Not what I want to do--because what if circumstances aren't what I picture--but how I want to feel. Relaxed? Content? Like I really connected with people? It's like a pre-do shortcut. :-)

    Anyway, congratulations on the 3 bites, etc.....
    3271 days ago
  • no profile photo CD3692258
    Looks like a very fun party. So glad it was such a nice time.
    3271 days ago
  • no profile photo CD12571664
    I'm so glad you had a good time.
    3271 days ago
    I'm so glad things went well. It looks like lots of fun.
    3271 days ago
  • no profile photo CD9308136
    Glad that you had a good time! I still find gatherings like this hard, but I'll get better in time
    3271 days ago
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