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My Thanksgiving Day "Race Plan" (Because Thanksgiving meals are marathon like!)

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

I am feeling inspired. First, I was tasked by my triathlon coach to come up with a "race plan" for Thanksgiving day so that I don't just go into the holiday with a license to overeat. Then today I read PrincessNurse's blog, "My Thanksgiving Plan of Attack"
, followed by The Daily Spark blog "8 Ways to Trim the Fat (and Extra Calories) from Thanksgiving Dinner".

Seems like I'm getting the same message on all fronts... Make a plan and plan to stick to it!

So I've been thinking a lot about what I want from Thanksgiving Dinner. This year my family is invited over to friend's for the holiday. The husband is a chef so I know that the food will be good and the other families there are also friends... I want to be able to feel like I'm a part of the festivities but not feel sick to my stomach from overeating. I want to be able to have a cocktail or a glass of wine. I want to eat turkey, cranberry sauce and stuffing (my favorite!!) but I realize that I can totally pass on the mashed potatoes, gravy and most other sides. I want a slice of pumpkin pie. I want some fresh vegetables but none of the sauced-up kinds.

With that in mind, I plan to eat a nutritious and filling breakfast and then work out. I will have a low calorie lunch (I'm thinking a large tossed salad with some low-fat protein tossed in ... maybe shrimp, so that I can feel special!) that will fill me up so that when I arrive at my friend's house at 3 pm I won't feel the need to start nibbling. I will allow myself a good helping of white meat turkey without the skin, stuffing (yes, even if it means I have 1.5 cups!) and cranberry sauce. I will wait at least 20 minutes from the time I finish eating before deciding if I really want seconds. I will have a slice of pie, but I will try to leave at least 2 bites of it on my plate. Oh, and if I have a cocktail or glass of wine, I will only have ONE.

This is a plan I think I can live with... and now I must implement it. However, I realize that just like on race day, plans must be flexible. The most important part of my plan is to keep my goal in mind -- to enjoy myself without feeling sick from over-eating!
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    I am so glad to see a blog from you. How have you been? I do miss hearing from you.

    Great plan.
    2675 days ago
    I love, love, love this plan and I am stealing it. It's kind of along the lines of the "follow the thought all the way through" approach you mentioned a while back. Once you can envision yourself in the moment, you can plan for the things that may or may not happen. COOL! Thanks for sharing this and for implementing the "plan like it's race day" strategy for eating! I know you will get through tomorrow with your head held high!
    2676 days ago
    Good for you! I am going to have whatever looks good - but just a mini portion. I can taste and not feel too deprived. I will work it off on my Black Friday shopping, I'm sure.

    2676 days ago
    Can I steal this? Doesn't matter...I'm going to anyway. emoticon

    Thank you so much for taking the initiative and putting this out there. I was very close to going into Thanksgiving intuitively....and I now realize I'm not quite ready for that.

    I'm going to go write down a plan RIGHT now.

    Have a very happy, happy day with your friends and family, confident in the knowledge that you went into it with thought, focus and flexibility.

    2676 days ago
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