Well, I have to say that my first Thanksgiving since starting maintenance is a small failure, but also a learning experience.
My intention was to eat small amounts of the foods that I don't get often. So no mashed potatoes, no rolls, etc. And no seconds.
I knew I would have 2 Thanksgivings. My partner works the holidays due to her work schedule. So my daughter and I would have Thanksgiving on Thursday with my family and then my partner's family has it on Friday for those travelling on the holiday and my partner whose days off are Friday and Saturday.
Thursday was actually pretty good. My parents are not as elaborate on the holidays so I figured it would be a little easier. I did have mashed potatoes because my mom (and I do love her) takes offense to pretty much everything. So I had a tiny serving of potatoes. I also had seconds of dressing( stuffing) and sweet potatoes and turkey. I could kick myself for having the extra dressing. Once again my mom made Stovetop and not homemade (and yes I'm bitter).
I didn't feel too horrible after dinner Thursday until I started on the damn spiced gum drops she had out. I love them and I resisted for hours and then I just had to have a few.
Yesterday, dinner wasn't until 5:30 because some people had to work. That's always an issue for me because I'm so used to small snacks and meals during the day and holding a majority of calories for that late in the day is tough. So we had breakfast and a small lunch. Then I needed a snack because it was only 3 and I was starving. We ate about 5:45 and I ate too much of everything. I did skip the potatoes because I knew that was ok. But that was replaced with corn casserole. OMG I love that stuff. I had seconds of too much stuff and I had 2 desserts.
I haven't felt that full for YEARS! I was so uncomfortable. I HOPE I've learned my lesson because Christmas and New Year's is an even bigger deal with my parnters family. It's like a 2 week party. I have to get this under control. I'm not worried about weight gain really. I'm pretty sure I can handle that part. I gained a bit over vacation and a week later was back down. I just HATED feeling that way.
I still need to learn moderation. I need to just eat a small amount and be thankful I can have it. I have many more years to enjoy that food so a smaller amount should be ok.
I did try to at least do some extra workouts to help. I ran 5.66 miles Thursday morning and 4 yesterday. Today is my rest day and I'm forcing myself to rest or my knees will protest. I do have a project today that involves moving furniture so I won't be a slug.
Today is lunch out (with the family, see still partying) and then.....leftovers tonight. I'm going to really try to eat moderately. I will probably have a salad for lunch. I know that the restaurant we are going to has pretty much NO healthy options (bar food). They have the BEST homemade french dressing I've ever had. And we never go to this place unless it's a family function, so I'll do a salad and have my favorite dressing. It won't be the ideal healthy salad, but it will be better than a cheeseburger and sweet potatoe fries.
I guess I really don't want to call this holiday a failure. It was just another learning experience in this journey that IS the rest of my life.
And since it's thanksgiving time, I am thankful that I get to try again!