Sunday, November 22, 2009
Well, I'm over my disappointment at not winning the big enchilada in the Unchained Recipe contest. My enchiladas are a tad labor-intensive and messy to make, so I thought they might not win. They really are delicious, though! I made them again the other night.
I think Spark People should have a Comfort Food Remade contest. I have some great ideas for that one already!
Now I'm focusing on getting through the weekend without totally blowing my diet and strategizing for Thanksgiving. I took a "free day" on Friday -- we had Chinese food, and I ate a couple of egg rolls and a crab rangoon. I'm sure I went over my calories, but here's the good news: The old me would have eaten until I was stuffed. I would have finished everything I ordered. I ate one fairly sensible plate of food and then stopped. Not perfect, but an improvement.
Yesterday was a weird day. We went to a concert/show at an arena, and I had a beer and peanuts. I hadn't eaten too much during the day, so I stayed in my calorie range, if not in my nutrients range. It was a fun day, and I'm happy with how the weekend has gone, eating-wise, so far. Today I plan to really peg my eating, and to think about how to plan for Thanksgiving.
I do not eat meat or poultry, so my big threats are mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, stuffing, green bean casserole, pie, and rolls with butter. Gosh, I'm getting hungry just thinking about it! I hope someone brings a healthier version of some of those. Why is it that Midwesterners put things like sugar or marshmellows on something so delicious as sweet potatoes, anyway???
I know I will want to enjoy the meal, so here's my strategy:
1. Try to eat within the lower range of my calories on Monday-Wednesday
2. Exercise more (which I need to do in general anyway!)
3. Eat a filling, low-calorie, high-fiber breakfast on Thanksgiving and have a big salad for lunch. (Dinner, in typical midwestern fashion, is at 4:00.)
4. Drink lots of water and skip the bourbon slushies at the dinner (a family tradition, but full of sugar, alcohol and calories.)
5. Eat as responsibly as I can, stop at one serving, but don't beat myself up over enjoying some potatoes and a small slice of pie.
6. Have fun!