Well, I made it back safely from my trip and am happy to report that I was a rock star at the retreat, if I do say so myself. I did exactly what I said I was going to do. I ate my meals that I packed for breakfast and lunch (and even a few snacks) and only ate facility-prepared dinners. Hooray!

Even though I was the "odd ball," everyone was very supportive and impressed with my level of dedication. Having their support made me feel so much better, because I was very nervous about how it would be perceived. But it worked out fine. Some of my friends even met me at 6:30 a.m. to work out on Saturday. Now you know that's love! Even though the facility did not have a gym, we made use of the open space and went to town!

A special thanks to all of the "chosen" women who supported me without judgment this past weekend. Having so many cheerleaders made all of the difference.

Now after such a good weekend, you'd think I'd be on top of the world, right? Wrong. I ran into an old friend when I returned from the trip...french fries! Oh my goodness! There is something seductive about a french fry that renders me helpless.

So, after partaking in a few of them (who am I kidding? A few dozen of them!), I made a decision. I am banning french fries from restaurants from my diet during Phase 2. If I prepare the baked fries at home, that's fine because I count them out, they are baked, etc. But at restaurants, I cannot even order them while I'm in this phase because I have not mastered the art of portion control when it comes to french fries. It's my Achilles' heel, so I'm taking my power back.

I'm still figuring out this eating out thing. Although I've decided to limit the times I eat out considerably, the reality is still that eating out is a part of my life. Now I just need to learn how to do that in a healthy manner. So I'm on the hunt for dining out tips—I'll report back anything I learn. Heck, I can't be the only person who struggles with selecting the right meal on a Pan-Asian menu!

Until next time,

As a reminder, always consult your doctor for medical advice and treatment before starting any program.


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