All in all, the timing of this contest has been pretty perfect. It fell after the holidays and before delicious summer barbecues, and the few birthdays and a wedding that took place during it were relatively easy to handle.
And then there was Easter.
I managed to successfully navigate the minefield of fabulous foods and eat lots of grapes, two slices of turkey and a salad. In doing so, I turned down parmesan artichoke dip (one of my favorites), a variety of cheeses and crackers, chips and dip, cheesy potatoes (okay, I did have ONE bite of these), ice cream, lamb cake, a few other desserts, and….
PORTILLO’S CHOCOLATE CAKE.
You have no idea how ridiculously hard it was to refuse (and to not attack Jon as he ate a slice right next to me) and how insanely proud I was of myself for managing to say no.
For those of you who have not had Portillo’s chocolate cake, you are truly missing out on a magical experience. It is so rich, so chocolatey, so light and delectable…. I better move on, before I start composing an ode.
Anyway, it was nice to see that I could have a great time and eat good food, even though I had to turn down my favorites. Before Sunday, I never really realized that my typical party behavior is to park myself right by the foods and chat with the host. This time, I noticed I was doing it and made myself leave the area entirely.
I went in the basement to play XBox Kinect with my cousins and had so much fun! At past events, I would have been too embarrassed of my clumsiness and bulk to get up and participate with everyone. This time, I jumped right in (and kicked my athletic brother’s butt in the pole vault and boxing, I might add).
All in all, I think that may have been even more satisfying than cake.
EDITED TO ADD:
Current weight, as of today’s week 11 weigh-in: 226 pounds
I started the contest at 263, weighed 270 on Christmas Eve and was 283 at my highest two years ago. It’s so exciting to have come such a long way, but it also scares me because I know from experience how easy it comes back on. I cannot let that happen this time. I also can’t get disheartened and give up over how much I still have left to go. I will get there in my own time and I’ll do my best to enjoy the ride.