I thought you'd like to listen in on my School Marm Left Brain and my Wild Child Right Brain as they get ready for this Food Fest of a Day.
LB Happy Thanksgiving to you! How do you feel?
RB Thanks, pretty good. How do you Think?
LB LOL It's not HOW I think but WHAT ... and I think we look pretty durn good compared to a year ago - which was an improvement over the year before. Doin' good girlfriend
RB You know what? That's just how I feel too. I'm really proud of how slim I look and I really love that sparkly shirt we bought
LB Yeah - even though we DON'T NEED ANY MORE CLOTHES! I think we look good in it too, though. So. I am thinking also about how to keep on looking this good. I have a plan.
RB Why am I not surprised. I hope it isn't a Nothing Good To Eat plan
LB of Course not. I wouldn't ruin Thanksgiving for us. My plan is this. Let's figure out how many calories/points a modest thanksgiving dinner is and then decide how to eat around it the rest of the week. AND figure out how much more exercise we're going to have to get in to counter the "weight" of that dinner.
RB ...uh. OK. There will still be pie, right?
LB Absolutely. And thigh meat and dressing - but .. how about skipping the gravy?
RB What about the jello?
LB You betcha.
RB And cranberry sauce?
LB If you want it.
RB hmmm. and wine?
RB Well. It doesn't look like I'll have to give up anything. what's the catch?
LB I think we might pass on the whipped cream with our pie.
RB well... okay. I'm always sort of sick by pie time anyway
LB And if you decide to NOT put butter on your roll - that saves something ... but that one is up to you. I've factored it in.
RB What about the surprise dish our guests are bringing?
LB I've factored that in. Plus the hour of housework we have to do and the 2 mile after dinner walk we'll take.
RB So. what's the damage?
LB Well - dinner will be about 2400 calories or 50 points. give or take
RB oh. that's a lot
LB It will be less if you eat less turkey thigh - but that's about the only place I can see you could cut back and ... even I don't want to do that
RB Me neither.
LB But we can shave off 4 points by taking that after dinner walk and cleaning this house - the floor looks awful!
RB LOL but we always do that anyway.
LB Yes - we do. But listen - this means we have oatmeal with apples for breakfast and only carrots and apples the WHOLE rest of the day.
RB I'm good with that.
LB I'm glad. It also means we only have 15 bonus points and 10 activity points .... about 1,000 calories of wiggle room the rest of the week and there will be ALL THAT PIE in the house.
RB Couldn't we give some of that away?
LB Yes! We can! And I plan to cook only enough mashed potatoes to eat up in this one meal. No Leftovers of that. You know that - it's not really this one big meal that causes so much damage. It's all the aftermath. The snacking. The pie for breakfast.
RB Yeah. I know. I wish ...
LB Don't go there. It's NOW. and it's HERE and TODAY deserves as much fun and attention and enjoyment as ANY Yesterday!
RB Okay. I won't go there. Besides, I'm looking forward to getting to know the K's better.
LB Me too. And sharing the beautiful autumn colors with two artists. Won't they love the views and the colors and the fresh air smell?
RB Yeah - I'm so thankful we could invite them this year. And really really thankful it's such a pretty day.
LB I'm thankful too - for the opportunity to have a smaller feast.
RB LOL I bet.
LB and we'll be taking long walks on Saturday and Sunday and maybe even going to the gym on Friday. We can rack up some exercise points this weekend. But we really have to eat only healthy nourishing food the rest of the week - in appropriate sized portions.
RB Yeah yeah yeah. I understand. But talk to me about THAT later because ... I can't care about Saturday when there's today to live in. Remember "It's NOW. and it's HERE and TODAY deserves as much fun and attention and enjoyment as ANY tomorrow!
LB Touche! And thanks for having this talk with me. I'm really THANKFUL for it. I love you, you know.
RB I'm thankful for it too. Love ya right back