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" www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
, followed by The Daily Spark blog "8 Ways to Trim the Fat (and Extra Calories) from Thanksgiving Dinner". www.dailyspark.com/blog.
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!