The Party Is Finally Over + Week 3 Progress Of My 12 Week Challenge

Am not quite sure when my friends and I started commemorating our birthdays over an extended period of time versus just “on the day,” but it sure is fun to exult in multiple observances via lunches, dinners, and the convivial gaiety which ensues at whatever activity we engage.  This year was particularly enjoyable due to the thoughtfulness of those I love who planned relaxing, delightful, and truly special gatherings.  What matters to me is sharing time with those I care about in environments that are conducive for great conversation.  I’d say, “mission accomplished” this year and “thank you”  to all who participated.

While lovely gifts are often bestowed upon me, this year I was moved by the variety.  I received some beautiful garments, as well as, special items which showed a lot of thought about what I love and care about from traditional to technical tools.

First, I was stunned to receive this photo from my sister-in-law, who matted and framed it herself.  The photo is of a teapot my mother gave to her years ago, the cup and saucer were her grandmother’s, the book is a Jane Austen novel (one of my favorites), and Italian biscotti (a perfect tea cookie).  The quote fits me to a T. too. “You can never get a tea cup large enough, or book long enough to suit me.”   C.S. Lewis.

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12 week challenge

A few of my thoughtful birthday gifts....

A few of my thoughtful birthday gifts….

update…you’d think with all this celebrating, I’d be off track, but thanks to good planning, I still lost a pound (yay yay yay).

Week 3 – The key to my success this week was organization and advanced planning.  I enjoyed a little bit of something special at every meal.  Consuming small portions and lots of veggies helped me lose that additional pound.  And more than that, I feel great, no more afternoon energy drains from eating foods that spike my blood sugar.  The restaurants I went to this week offered perfectly good choices — they included Pizzeria Mozza in Newport Beach (Saturday’s special is my favorite chicken thighs with spicy peppers), Michael Mina’s Stonehill Tavern inside The St. Regis Hotel, Dana Point, and Cafe Mimosa in San Clemente.  All wonderful restaurants.


  1. I think it’s very impressive that you not only avoided putting on weight, but actually lost some, during these celebrations. That shows considerable determination and self-discipline – well done Linda! Your presents are lovely and the food looks amazing, I’m so glad you had such a lovely time.

    • Lorna, thanks so much for your continuous encouragement and positive comments, much much appreciated!

  2. What a week it was. Enjoying yourself while still accomplishing your goal is a testament to the fact one must not sacrifice a good time or meal to loose weight. You continue to be an inspiration.

    • So true…and thank you…couldn’t have done it without your support…really!