Make your birthday about you, your family and friends, not about food. No cake is required, it's easy to stay on plan. If you must have something, have a shake cake and stay on plan. Things will always being coming up and if you start making excuses now you'll never stay on plan. The day is about you, not food...
I've always been low-key about my birthday and to me, it was just another day. I think I made a sugar-free jello with a small squirt of aerosol cool whip on the top.
Anything frosted or baked is my kryptonite, so I need to stay away from them at this phase in my life...
What MT Cup said..
Another thing you can do is take a crunch bar and have it as your "sweet." You can take it out of it's wrapper, cut it into pieces, and store it in a ziplock to take with you if you're going out, or to someone's house..
If someone is baking you a cake, it might be a good idea to let them know in advance that you won't be eating any of it so they won't be offended or won't try to push it on you. That mega-dose of sugar and carbs is going to throw you right out of ketosis!!! So not worth it..
Visualize the cake as lard, sugar, and white flower. It's not nearly so appealing when you think of it that way!.
Good for you for thinking ahead and planning it...
Happy birthday, Dubya-K!.
My birthday was one month into the plan. Before I started the program, I promised myself that I would enjoy my birthday however I wanted. If I wanted spaghetti, I would have it! If I wanted ice cream, I would have it! Well guess what. After one month on plan and having lost about 40 pounds by that point, there was no way in Hell that I was going to go off plan. My best friend and I went out to dinner at Outback, ordered everything on-plan, had a great evening and neither one of us missed out on anything.
I don't advocate going off plan to celebrate a certain day of the year. As others have said, that celebration, whatever you are celebrating, is about people, family, friendship, love, etc. It is NOT about food, and you don't need specific foods to make your celebration meaningful.
Have a happy birthday. Enjoy your friends and family. Celebrate your unique creation and placement in this wonderful world. Don't blow your progress or halt your journey to good health just so you can say you ate more of what got you to being overweight in the first place...
My birthday was one month into plan, I chose to stay on program. I did have a jello with coolwhip after an on program lean and green. It was great I lost that week and felt goodFast forward to Christmas Day I chose to go off plan. It was really hard to get back on. It has taken 3 weeks and up 8 lbs. Definately not worth it.
You will be happy you didHave a great birthday ! Nan..
I had a really expensive steak and grilled vegetables...
Hi. I'm nine months in but my birthday is at the end of the month. I have 3 kids (ages 9, 8, and 20 months) so they like to make a big deal out of my birthday.
My birthday menu - grilled buffalo steaks with steamed aspargus (which the whole family likes w/ the addition of mashed potatoes for them) and my dd is making me a "shake cake" so they can sing me happy birthday and I will get them a cheesecake for their dessert (their favorite)..
My philosphy is, especially with regard to cake, you KNOW what it tastes like. What are you missing? 120 pounds less of me is soooo much sweeter!..
Thanks everyone for your advice! As some of you said, the pressure to eat off plan really comes from my friends and family that want to celebrate it with me. They want me to have the cake and the celebratory cocktails and the big meal. And, of course, I want that too! But I am dedicated to the plan and have already promised myself a healthy BMI by the end of this month as my 26th birthday present. Just a few more lbs to go! Cross your fingers for me..
I had a delicous OP crabcake and salad. I don't look at celebrations as a reason to eat anymore. Good luck to you and happy birthday!!..
I've celebrated 2 birthdays while on MF, the first was exactly one week after I started MF, the second while in maintenance. The first birthday was a little tough, it was the first year I didn't have a birthday cake. Instead, hubby took me out for a good steak dinner and salad, and I had Medifast chocolate pudding for dessert..
The following birthday that probably the best birthday I've ever had, since my gift to myself was a pair of size 8 jeans. No cake in the world could have made it a better celebration..
To paraphrase what someone said on a different thread, celebrate the event, not the food.
What you put in your mouth should not affect the happiness of others. If anyone is pushing cake and cocktails- ask them point blank- "How does what I eat affect you?" Most people (but not all) don't even realize that they are upsetting you or are being food pushers..
You are 26 and have 41 more pounds to lose according to your page. This will likely be your only birthday while on plan, and will celebrate many more birthdays. Isn't giving up cake and cocktails for ONE birthday worth a lifetime of health?..