It's tough to diet when your life is packed with good people and things to celebrate. With my dad's 80th birthday party looming large, we were compelled to celebrate with a big family BBQ when my uncle and aunt came to town to visit dad. They couldn't make the Monday party, but the weekend was available.

I did avoid the homemade root beer, thank you very much, as well as the chips, potato salad, and ice cream. I stuck to one hamburger and veggies.