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!