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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

And just like that.....it was over

Mardi Gras is over and I'm glad. The picture above is what's left in New Orleans after a parade. I don't have a pic of the damage in my town, but it's very similar, when you leave the parade route on Mardi Gras night, there is utter destruction, garbage, beads, and abandoned trinkets line the streets and then the clean up crews come in, the next morning when you drive to work, it's as though nothing ever happened.

For me the mess after the Carnival season has always been symbolic of the mess I've made of myself during the season. I always ended Mardi Gras evening overloaded with everything, too much drink, way too much food and in anticipation of the sugar detox I would attempt for lent, I usually ended the evening with a pint of Chunky Monkey ice cream, you know....top off that binge with a cherry.

My how things have changed. This year, I'll admit, since my husband outed me on his blog
that I ended the evening with too much drink. But this year I feel pretty good about the fact that I went to many balls, many parties, many parades and didn't gain any weight. I had to wear a ball gown for my ball presentation and for the gala and never once did I panic when I took the dress out about whether or not it would fit me, it never crossed my mind! That to me is amazing and definitely an NSV!

Today, I'm thankful for the calm after the storm of this Mardi Gras and I'm thankful for my band. I want to take this upcoming Lenten season to focus on cleaner eating and getting my exercise back on! I hope you all have a wonderful day!
Big Hugs!
T

14 comments:

Mary H. said...

I grew up Catholic and was thinking that this year, I should participate in Lent again as a way to re-focus on how easy we have it in America as compared to the strife-ridden areas of the world, especially these days. Plus, it would also get me off sugar AND if I was really wanting to do it right, I could eat fish once a week. The husband would be happy. Maybe I'd figure out some dishes that I would like!

Dawnya said...

Congratulations on your NSV. That is amazing. You have been a party machine and not an ounce of weight gain. I'm proud of you!!

I would be exhausted if I were living your life this past month.

amandakiska said...

Happy Ash Wednesday! You looked so cute dancing on the float in the video on your husband's blog!

Bonnie said...

I am so hoping hubby and I can come to New Orleans for mardi gras. It's something with both have on our bucket list. I'd love to meet up with you and your hubby for too much drink.

It's amazing you got through all the festivities without a gain. You rock.

Jacquie said...

Remind me to kiss your ring or whatever it is one kisses a "dutchess" (thats what you are right? I have a very short memory lately but I know it was something important!) You have a lot to be thankful for this Mardi Gras season...you did a great job and should be proud for not gaining!

Kristin said...

I have so enjoyed hearing about all the Mardi Gras excitement and adventures. Sadly, Connecticut does not know how to party like Louisiana does.

No surprise there, I guess.

Tina said...

What a lovely end to the exciting events. I loved seeing the dancing video! Good luck with the shift to clean-living for lent. We are in a similar state in this house it seems :) Fingers crossed we can both stick it out!

xxxooo

Jen from Oregon said...

Sounds & looks like a wonderful time!

Cindylew said...

I've been experiencing Mardi Gras this year vicariously through you my friend. Thank you.
Great NSV for you Tess.

Barbara said...

Damn.. I wish I thought of the chunky monkey excuse.. I would have jumped on that.. Have loved following your excitement .. but what a clean up job that looks like..

DiZneDiVa said...

Living in "Walt Disney World"... I have seen the post-parade mess first hand, but then there's the marching of the giant industrial vacuum cleaners and it's spic and span once again. It is a thorn in my side that when people come to WDW and see how clean they keep it, and that there's a trash can about every 10 feet... Why throw your trash all over the ground? It's Goofy... No pun intended.

Pamela E. Williams said...

You always inspire. Great NSV! Glad that Mardi Gras was fun.

Stephanie M. said...

That's amazing (I wish those people would come clean my house), and QUITE the NSV for you. :-)

Read said...

What an amazing NSV for you!!! I'm so glad you had such a wonderful season!!