Super Bowl party for dieters

There is no bigger un-football fan on the planet than am I. Even I, who cares not at all for football, know that Sunday is the Super Bowl. Aside from it’s being played in Houston and the Patriots are playing I don’t know much more.

Here is what I do know about the Super Bowl: People like to gather for parties to watch it and the parties usually involve drinking and food – lots of food – really, really good food. Hosts and hostesses of Super Bowl parties often knock themselves out with a fabulous feast of snacks.

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I am the Weight Watchers lady. As such, I get a lot of questions about “how do I stick to my diet at a Super Bowl party?” Some folks even ask, “should I just stay home to avoid the temptation?” My answer surprises them.

I’m not going to give you tips to eat less, bring your own snack so you have something you “can eat,” or suggest that you make low-calorie versions of Super Bowl Party favorites. I’m saying you should go for the gusto and on Monday morning just pick up with your normal routine. You can do it.

I start with the corny Richard Bach quote “If you love something set it free…”  In this context it’s not corny, it’s true.

If you love something, set it free.

If it comes back, it’s yours.

If it doesn’t come back, it never was.

Here is my rationale about fully enjoying a Super Bowl party while on a diet. Super Bowl parties come once a year. There is only one Super Bowl every 365 days. It’s doesn’t much matter what or how much you eat at one party when you have 364 days to stick to your weight loss or healthful eating routines.

Even when you figure in all the other days throughout the year when you might be in a position to eat more than normal. There are still far more days to stick to your routine, than days why you have a reason not to.

When I offer this suggestion to those who are asking for help “being good on on Super Bowl Sunday,” they often give a nervous laugh.

“You’re kidding, right? You aren’t really telling me to go to the party and eat as much as I want, are you?”

I look them straight in the eye and I say, “I am not kidding. That’s exactly what I think you should do.”

Then I get, “but if I blow it I won’t be able to get back my control.”

That’s when I hit them with the set it free quote. The truth is your control may be an illusion. If you can’t let yourself go and enjoy the party unrestrained, and get back to your routine on Monday, you never had control in the first place.

If that happens and your Super Bowl party turns into a Super Blow party you have done yourself a favor. You have discovered that your control is an illusion. If it wasn’t the Super Bowl that threatened your weight and health related goals, it would be something else.

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If that’s the case, there is nothing to fear. You can still get back to your routine by training yourself to reroute your thoughts. It’s never a matter of “can’t” is simply getting back your “why” and your “what.”

Why do I want to weigh less and live a healthier life style?

What is my plan I can and will take to achieve my goal?

Please comment on this blog Monday morning to tell me how powerful and positive you feel because you let is go and it came back to you.

Jackie Conn

About Jackie Conn

Jackie Conn is married and has four grown daughters and four grandchildren. She is a Weight Watchers success story. She's a weight loss expert with 25 years of experience guiding women and men to their weight-related goals. Her articles on weight management have been published in health, family and women's magazines. She has been a regular guest on Channel 5 WABI news, FOX network morning program Good Day Maine and 207 on WCSH.