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Thanksgiving Dinner Success!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

I think a lot of us on Sparkpeople probably dread this day as much as we look forward to it. All the temptations, what to do, should I or shouldn't I, the guilt afterward, why didn't I work out, gotta work out again, and on and on and on. Most of us have been there and done that.

This year was definitely different for me. We were invited to a family friend's home for a Jamaican Thanksgiving Dinner, and let me tell you, this is MY kind of food!!! I had been looking forward to it ALL WEEK!

I stayed on my regular workout and eating schedule all week, and ran a Half Marathon last Sunday and will run another one this Sunday. So I'm entitled to a little indulgence, right?

Did 45 minutes of strength training and 35 minutes of High Intensity Interval Cardio this morning, stuck with my normal eating schedule and water intake, put my "eating clothes" on (comfy ones right?) and went over for dinner.

Here's what was on the menu:
Curried Goat
Escovitch Fish (red snapper seasoned with vinegar and scotch bonnet peppers to give an idea)
Cajun Turkey
Roast Turkey
Green Beans
Mustard Greens
Macaroni & Cheese
Sweet Potato Casserole
Corn Bread
Broccoli Casserole
Turkey Dressing
Rice and Peas
Rum Banana Pudding
Chocolate Cream Cake
Apple Berry Pie
Lots of Liquor

Probably sounds a bit like the dinner you had or went to with some differences, right?

Here's what I had:
2 oz curried goat
2 oz turkey
2 oz Fish
2 cups mustard greens
1/2 cup green beans
1 Tblsp Broccoli Casserole
1 Tsp Banana Pudding
24 oz water

Yes, I went a little overboard in my protein intake, but for the most part I did really good. I wanted to taste the Broccoli Casserole and Banana Pudding, but that's it. Everyone there couldn't believe I was "done" after I finished. You know how customary it is to get seconds, thirds, etc. and then everyone's lying around in a food coma. Not this year, not for me.

Did I deprive myself? NOT AT ALL. For this particular meal in the day (Meal #4), I normally don't have starchy carbs with it, so it was nothing out of the ordinary. Three years ago, my body was used to eating a lot of everything all the time. Now three years later, my body is trained to want certain things at certain times. Is it always perfect, do I never have cravings anymore for things I shouldn't have? I wish! But I've learned to make more of the better decisions and my body is happy for it.

So I can say that at 7pm, I don't feel like laying on the couch all night, I got satisfied but not stuffed and am very proud of myself.

I just had to share! Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving, and if you did go overboard, maybe do 100 jumping jacks or knee lifts before you go to bed. That way you won't go to bed with the lingering guilt because you did something good AFTER the meal.


Hubby and I after dinner:

And me with the Thanksgiving Chef, good friend Cislyn:
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