Social events are hard in that they always seem to involve food, and a lot of it. And it's hard to sit there while everyone else is nomming down their cookies and chips and either nibble a carrot or opt out if there aren't really any 'good' choices.
Yesterday was one of my best friend's graduation party. I haven't seen that much food in a long time. Entire racks of ribs, fajitas, two whole chickens, steak... and that's just the meat! I did fairly well... until I saw the chocolate fountain. I really love chocolate. It's definitely a weakness of mine. I let myself have two of the homemade tortillas with some meat, some grilled zucchini, corn and bean salad, rice and beans (did I mention she's Mexican?). I let myself have a piece of strawberry cake and a few things from the chocolate fountain.
I could have done better, I know. That damned chocolate fountain was just bubbling and gurgling decadently. But on the other hand, I know I could have done far, far worse. I got one plate of food and stopped after that. I had dessert, yes, but only one serving. I can tell you that I definitely wouldn't have stopped there before changing my eating habits. I would have likely eaten a whole stack of tortillas, a mound of rice, lots of chips.
I probably still gained weight. I don't lose weight easily, and eating such rich food is not going to help. (and it's wreaking havoc on my digestive system today). But I can see how I'm changing. My choices are more thought-out. My focus was more on the conversation around me, than what was on my plate.