Mar 4, 2012

Happy Birthday Liam!

My baby boy turned 15 today. Somehow, he’s grown into a sensitive, witty, clever young man….when did this happen?

His favourite restaurant is The Mandarin; a Chinese Buffet. We only go once a year, for his birthday, because it’s so expensive and it’s probably the least healthiest restaurant ever invented.

As the day grew closer, I started to form a plan for how I was going to handle this meal. I went over various scenarios, weighing the outcome of each – how would I feel emotionally, mentally and physically after each choice? Which choice was best? I decided to start with a big salad (greens, green onions and light salad dressing) and then have small portions of my favourite foods.  If I liked seafood, it would have been much easier in this restaurant – tons of fresh shrimp, grilled fish and seafood of all kinds – but I don’t so I chose small portions of what I do like knowing that I only go there once a year so it’s not going to be foods I eat again and again and it won’t derail me. I drank 10 glasses of water in the 90 min we were there to help flush the sodium.

Despite that, my carbs are really high today, although I did stay within my calorie budget. I will have to be extra diligent about carbs all week – but I know I can do it. We had a lovely time visiting with family and friends and laughed a lot. It was a great celebration for Liam.


My boys - Liam, Enz and Iain (Iain hates photos, hence the fake smile!)


Louisa (my gorgeous baby sis) and me


March 4, 2012 Goal Actual
Calories 1540 1385
WW Points Plus 26-29 29 + 4 WP
Carbs (net) <50 114
Fluids/Water 120 oz 136 oz


  1. My grandson's name is Liam!You are so consistent sticking to calories and such. I could learn a thing or 2 from you!!

  2. if carbs were the only thing over your goal... then you did well eating out! You had me drooling at seafood. :)

    Happy birthday, Liam! You've got a very handsome family! :)

  3. Happy Birthday Liam! Glad you were able to enjoy yourself at the Mandarin...I went a few weeks ago and all I ate was crab legs, crab legs, and more crab legs!

    Have a great week!

  4. My grandson's name is Liam too!! He just turned a year old a couple of weeks ago.
    Happy birthday Enz's Liam!! What a great family, Enz... and thank you again for all the lovely comments on my blog. Your support is so appreciated. :)

  5. Oh my, your boys are SO tall! Hope Liam had a great birthday! Given your situation you did really good, you always manage to impress me and this post is no different. Way to keep in your calories :)

  6. Awwwww! Happy Birthday, Liam! Have a great time celebrating. :)

    Also...on look like you're in your twenties. What the hell is your secret?!

  7. SOOOOOo glad you had a blast!
    You look sooooo good - and young.

  8. I like the way you thought out all the scenarios- it helped you be aware and prepared. Nice!

    Good looking family you have there!

  9. Totally impressed at the planning and staying within points! Happy Birthday to your boy!