This weekend, I had the honor of hosting a baby shower for one of my best friends. Kristen is expecting a baby girl, Mackenzie, in late December/early January.
The table spread was full of
high calorie yummy food!
I had a small plate of food sampling all of the items (I didn’t want to be rude and not try it all!) and having a little more monkey bread and toffee dip than I should have (Those two were my fav’s!). I did say no to a cupcake, at the shower, but then, after the shower, I took the leftovers by my mom’s for my nieces and nephew and ate half of one. I had to make sure my product was of the highest quality! Yes, I know everyone had already eaten them but I just had to make sure!
I haven’t even told you about how many times I had to “taste” the frosting while I was making it. Or, let’s not even talk about the cake pops I made and making sure they were OK to serve by testing one. Needless to say, I should not volunteer to make cupcakes, cake pops, or anything having to do with cake mix and frosting for any more showers!
After the shower on Saturday evening as I was running around the park trail with the hubs, I asked myself one simple question, “Was it worth it??” Was the extra icing, the cake pop, the three extra apples with toffee dip, and the extra helping of monkey bread worth the current pain I was putting myself through? Normally, my exercise is to lose weight. I exercise to make sure I have a good weigh in at Weight Watchers and get an “edge.” That night, my exercise was to combat all the
deliciousness crap I had eaten in the past two days. Was it worth it? Was the taste of the food worth set backs? Was the taste of the food worth feeling defeated? Was the taste of the food worth an upset stomach? And the answer is…
Some of it.
What?!? You weren’t expecting that answer? Well, some of it was. The monkey bread was hella good. The toffee dip was hella good (Can you tell I am a sweets person?). The extra icing and cake pop, not hella good. So…what can I take from this experience?
- It’s OK to try it but you don’t have to eat the whole thing. If you are at a party and something looks good, try it. Just take a bite. If it isn’t worth the pain of exercise later, don’t eat the whole thing. THROW IT AWAY!
- If something is worth the pain later, eat it slowly, enjoy it, and know that it is worth it. So many times we eat something so fast because it is so good and we don’t even consciously think about what we are eating. As my mom would say, “Savor every morsel!”
On a better note, the last time I gave a baby shower for one of my friends, I looked like this:
I remember sweating. The whole shower I was sweaty because I was running around getting things done and I-was-so-hot! Sweaty is not good! Fat is not good. And yes Kristen, I know how big my head was.
I am so thankful that Kristen is having Mackenzie. I am so thankful that I was able to help throw her a shower and honor her and Anthony. I can’t wait to meet Mackenzie when she is here in a month or two. I am so thankful Mackenzie will know her Auntie Jen like I am now and not like I was before.