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Rethinking Thanksgiving

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Hello, everyone!

I am only ONE POUND away from my original goal of 136. This will put me at a healthy BMI for the first time in over a decade!!! I've lost 47 pounds since my high weight in 2011; 25 pounds down since February 2013. Disclosure: This hasn't all been a straight-line downward trend, of course. I've gained and lost, gained and lost!

But now that I am in the 130s (can't get used to hearing that!!!) I want to stop all this yoyoing.

This means I have to have a plan for Thanksgiving.

I've been reading all the blogs, articles, and tips for dealing with Thanksgiving, and they are all great. Really! Drink water! Take a healthy dish to pass! Do your workout before the meal! Etc. Etc. Etc.

But the thing that resonated the most with me was a simple question from the Beck Diet Solution blog:

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"How do you want to feel when Thanksgiving is over?"

Most of us don't want to feel stuffed, bloated, regretful. Ashamed that we blew it yet again. So we absolutely need to have a plan.

Dr. Beck says: "We remind dieters, that it's not all-or-nothing. It's not as if they can eat every bite of food they want or they can't eat any food that they want; in fact, there is a huge middle ground between these two extremes. While it's true that they may not be able to eat as much of everything they want and still go to bed feeling good that night, it's also true that they can eat reasonable portions, enjoy every bite that they take, and feel really good. "

Another great reminder comes from Amy Layne, who runs DAMY Health Programs:

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After giving excellent practical tips & advice, she goes on to say:

"Free yourself to fully enjoy what Holidays are about. Holidays are for time with loved ones to stop our everyday busy-body lives and enjoy each other. Itís not about stuffing yourself full or binge eating. Itís about great conversation, loving and enjoying the people who matter most to you. When you stop obsessing about food or your relationship with food you have all the time in the world to take in these special/important moments. Think less about food this season and more about enjoying the people around you."

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This is my goal this Thanksgiving. I want to eat like a thin person, a person who can maintain 137 pounds easily and with grace. I have my plan and I will execute it.

When I think about the past holidays, the Thanksgivings and Christmases Easters and picnics on the 4th of July, I never remember the food. It's the family and the friends and the connections and the children and the love.

It's not about the food. So this year I am going to stick to my true values, the true values of the season, and practice eating well but mindfully. I want to feel proud and good about myself when Thanksgiving is over. That's worth way more than a piece of chocolate pecan pie.

Wishing all of my Sparkfriends a successful, happy Thanksgiving!
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INCH_BY_INCH 5/4/2014 1:11PM

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LORIVIOLA 4/14/2014 5:47PM

    i know thanksgiving was a while ago, but emoticon for this awesome post.
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GRAMPIAN 2/7/2014 7:02AM

  Wise words. Hope it went well for you.

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SIZE8NOTSOMUCH 1/27/2014 7:20AM

    GREAT advise, thank you for sharing.

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WHITEANGEL4 1/12/2014 9:49PM

    Great on geting to your goal. You have worked hard so I know you will stay o your program to keep in your range

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MRSRIGS1 12/12/2013 10:54AM

    I am behind reading my emails as I had surgery 4 weeks ago. However, I am reading through them a little each day. I love your tips and will apply them to Christmas dinner. Thank you! emoticon

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MANDYLOVE_76 12/11/2013 10:58AM

    Great blog!

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DRTOVAH 12/8/2013 8:51AM

  great post!

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ANGELN325 12/4/2013 5:37AM

    I agree and that's how Thanksgiving has been for me for years now. We eat off of 9 inch plates so I can't have much. I'm the kind of person who likes a little of everything so it ends up being 1/2 c or less of the sweet potato souffle, stuffing, mashed potatoes and I try to have more than one veggie and make sure I at least have a 1/4 c of those. So much better to have a plate of food that I really enjoy at 500 calories than eat 1000 or more calories and be too full to play games or do anything afterwards. While my parents were resting, I had my dishes soaking and started washing them. I will tell you that I don't miss being stuffed like the turkey for Thanksgiving. Another bonus: More leftovers so I can enjoy Thanksgiving all week long and even freeze some of the food and have it again a month from now.

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 12/3/2013 9:04PM

    You are so right. It is all about the people. I think the food is just an excuse to get together. We need to remember it is about the people. So hard to do but it is very important.
Great blog.
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    OMGoodness, congrats!!!

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DOLPHINLADY05 12/2/2013 10:15AM

    Really enjoyed reading this blog... thanks for sharing. Congratulations on your weight loss... keep us the amazing work!!

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TAYGRL 12/1/2013 7:58PM

    Awesomely said!

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JERICHO1991 12/1/2013 8:44AM

    Thanks for the reminder. It's not about the food.

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    emoticon and I hope you did .

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DDONNER 11/30/2013 10:15PM

    nice! One thing I've battled for years is the hours-devours before dinner. For several years, at least the last 3, I haven't eaten dinner because of being too full. Good luck on the last few! Just think, you'll be there before Christmas. A nice gift to yourself. emoticon

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LESLIESENIOR 11/30/2013 8:48PM

    Ooooh, ooooh, oooooh, AWESOME blog. I'm so happy for you, and proud our your perseverance and dedication to your health. What a victory. Congratulations.

Holidays are fun and celebratory, but like you said, don't have to be all about food. I've become a food snob and only eat what I really, really love. I eat a bit then volunteer to play with the grand kids while the adults eat, or any other activity that doesn't involve excessive fork to mouth exercises. This is my 8th holiday season in maintenance, and I have developed many strategies to enjoy the meaning of the holidays without the worry. I usually gain a few (2-3) pounds which comes off easily when I hop back into full gear.

Thank you for sharing all of your wisdom and hope. And CONGRATULATIONS again!!!!!

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MARYJEANSL 11/30/2013 6:16PM

  I hope you had a truly wonderful Thanksgiving!

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ZULAIKAH 11/30/2013 5:32PM

    Wtg!

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GLOBUGG71 11/30/2013 1:03PM

    emoticon emoticon For this post! I was stressing out before Thanksgiving! emoticon Last year around this time I had lost 40lbs and after the holidays I gained 15 back. I didn't want to go through that again! This year we went to a restaurant and it turned out to be the best thing for me so far. I still enjoyed everything traditional and no left overs at home! I didn't leave filling stuffed or tired like years before. It motivated me even more that I can do this as long as I plan ahead. Gotta keep pushing emoticon through to New Years!

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SHARONCAPPS 11/30/2013 9:58AM

  Thank you for posting this. It is a great help to those of us that struggle.

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FITLIKENIC 11/30/2013 2:13AM

    You rock! Thanks for sharing this great info.

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TOVEYTWIRL 11/30/2013 12:58AM

    Very interesting..Love the bit about "Elasticated waists", I think we,ve all been there !!! I will definately be putting these tip,s to good use at Christmas !! emoticon

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MARCELISA 11/30/2013 12:31AM

    This was truly inspirational for me. Although I did not do too well over Thanksgiving, I now know I need to have a plan for Christmas and New Year's. emoticon emoticon

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LIVELYGIRL2 11/30/2013 12:06AM

  I really liked what you shared. So sensible! emoticon

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TOKIEMOON 11/29/2013 11:48PM

    Congrats on persevering through the weight gain times and getting back on track. I hope Thanksgiving left you feeling proud and slim!

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CASS6631 11/29/2013 11:08PM

  Good way to look at Thanksgiving giving thanks for what we do have and spending time with people we love and just use portion sizing when you deal with food good job keep up the work


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DESERTJULZ 11/29/2013 10:22PM

    Good blog. It's not about the food; however, I want to eat! So I started the day with a 5k run/walk, then walked another two miles. Earned a few extra calories to spend on those seasonal specialties. :D

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MAZACK 11/29/2013 10:11PM

    I ate my Thanksgiving dinner very slowly and I didn't feel overstuffed when I got up from the table.

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FRABBIT 11/29/2013 9:39PM

  Hope you had a wonderful thanksgiving full of wonderful memories

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DIETER27 11/29/2013 9:22PM

  Well Said! Thank You so much ..........

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KATTREE 11/29/2013 9:03PM

    This is the first Thanksgiving that I haven't over ate.. It feels good.. You are so right when I think back its not the food I remember but my family and friends.

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    emoticon You are an inspiration! YOU are awesome!

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TXGIRL1023 11/29/2013 7:56PM

    Great blog with great points!

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