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Detox diet + BBQ = biggest willpower test everToday's meals: Almond butter/peaches/cardamom smoothie for breakfast; chicken "sandwich" for lunch; pineapple/mango smoothie for dinner
Today is our company's summer BBQ, which I'm both looking forward to and dreading. This will be the first time I'm really surrounded by yummy -- and off-limits -- food, so it's certainly a test to see how my will power holds up. Luckily I'm not the only one in my office on this kind of diet. I'm picturing the detox group huddled in a corner, far away from the potato chips and beer.
In the end, I survived the BBQ and I'm actually quite proud of myself. I steered clear of the table with all the chips and drinks and instead focused on socializing. And I actually had a great time. I was able to eat a grilled chicken breast (I used lettuce leaves to make a "burger") so I wasn't hungry. And, breaking news: This may have been the first time I've ever turned down a cupcake. My co-workers assured me they weren't that great, but I'm pretty positive they were lying. I left a little early since I was feeling hungry again and I wanted to head home for my evening smoothie. Further temptation: my sister is visiting and grabbed fast food for dinner, including mashed potatoes (my all-time favorite food). I managed to stay away from her plate, but today was probably the biggest will power test I've ever had. I'm amazed I survived.
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