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12/2/11 11:01 P

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You are very blessed to have your family so close to you. I'm hoping my kids will settle down close to me so I can have grand-babies at hand. =)

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12/2/11 10:36 P

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Melody, my dd won't be visiting us for Christmas--they live in the neighborhood. I see them all the time. Our middle son lives 4 hrs. away and they're the furthest; but they'll be here too. I love that most of them live right here!

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11/30/11 4:32 P

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I'm really enjoying hearing about how everyone celebrated Thanksgiving.

Terri, Glad to hear your dd and her family will be visiting you for Christmas and your hubby's birthday. =)

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11/30/11 3:14 P

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We did a buffet at Father's Day. I was surprised how easy it was to find and enjoy lots of healthier salads, fruits, etc and not go way overboard on calories. We still haven't gotten to Williamsburg. Sounds so nice!

I like your tradition, too, Terri! Luckily my bil's family does Christmas Eve so my family has been able to continue to meet on Christmas. I miss having a few leftovers from Thanksgiving. May have to dig that turkey out yet. I should, too, 'cause my old boss stopped over with another one just before Thanksgiving.

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11/29/11 11:30 P

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What a fun tradition Terri! I love it!

Mel, your Thanksgiving sounds like it was a lot of fun and the buffet sounds great too! We had a great time when we visited Colonial Williamsburg and would love to go back sometime!

We never have leftovers from Thanksgiving because the celebration is always at someone else's house. My daughter's birthday is always at Thanksgiving time so we end up with leftover cake instead of pie.

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11/29/11 8:36 P

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Oh yes, they will be with us for Christmas. They try to go to her inlaws on alternate years for Thanksgiving but are always home for Christmas. We are extremely blessed to have most of our kids and ALL of our 14 grandkids living here in town with us. Dec. 24th is also DH's birthday and the kids never want to miss that--he's all of their favorite! LOL

About 3 years ago, we started having our whole-family celebration on the 24th AFTER we have DH's birthday party. I make a huge meal (whatever he wants for his birthday) and then he blows out one big candle (can't light that many anymore) and opens his gifts. Then, while we serve cake, we get ready for it to be Christmas.

Then, my married kids can stay home on Christmas morning and create their own traditions with their individual families. I make 3 or 4 big fritattas for breakfast on Christmas morning and anyone who wants, can come over to eat and hang out for the day. I have one DIL whose family also lives in town, and it was always a conflict between us and them. So, now we do it on Pop's birthday and they can come--or miss it--if they want.

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11/29/11 8:18 P

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There certainly are pros and cons for both. It was nice not having to cook, but I didn't have control over how the food was cooked. I don't mind left overs in the house. I did miss the turkey soup from the left overs. LOL
I can well imagine that you missed your dd and her children. Will you get to see them for Christmas?

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11/29/11 7:54 P

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I hear you, Melody! At least with the buffet, you didn't have all the leftovers to deal with. You have to do something with all that food! We usually have a second dinner on Friday with all the leftovers. The whole family (or as many of them as want) come back over to our house for lunch or dinner on Friday and that usually takes care of most of them; however, this year we were missing my DD and her 6 kids, and no one else came over. We've finally worked our way through the last of it and I'm now back on track. Today has been a really good day and I'm well below the top of my calorie range for the day.

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11/28/11 8:23 P

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Hello Ladies~

I missed everyone during Thanksgiving. I was out of town. My Thanksgiving was a buffet. Sounds cheesy, I know, but it was at Colonial Williamsburg, and it's a fabulous buffet spread, fit for royalty. I wished I had four stomachs to enjoy all of the food! But what I did was start with the veggies, with very little meat, a little fruit with a side of chocolate. Lots of water to wash down the sweets. I stopped at the first sigh, so my stomach didn't get overly stuffed. Then my family and I changed our clothes and walked all over C Wmsburg.

I had to laugh when ds asked if he could have dessert before finishing his plate of regular food. I told him absolutely! We don't normally eat like this. It's once a year, so have at it. I too at dessert at the same time as my regular plate of food.

That all being said, I'm glad to be home and my body is craving fresh organic produce. LOL

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11/28/11 1:26 P

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I overate! I just had a little bit of everything I liked, but then there was the extra mashed potatoes, gravy and homemade rolls that are my nemesis! We sent out a lot of leftovers with our college son and DH's aunt took some home too; but we still had some left here. It's all gone now, though, and I'm back on track!

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11/26/11 5:42 A

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Good job, Ladies!! The same with me.. I did not over stuff myself and i turned down yummy items, because I knew there were some other things I definitely wanted... Now I need to get back into my exercise routine!! :-) I did walk yesterday for almost 29 minutes(need to get back yo my st also) :-)

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11/25/11 7:10 P

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I enjoyed Thanksgiving. I planned to eat what I wanted, but not stuff myself. That's exactly what I did. My brother was a little surprised when I turned down the candy he was passing out, but I really didn't want it. And I knew I would have pie later on which I did! It was very good!

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11/25/11 12:10 P

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Great article!

Well, I think I did okay. Never did feel stuffed this year! emoticon Passed on the mashed potatoes and gravy since it didn't look there would be enough for all, and got a bit better nutrition eating sister's homemade cranberry sauce instead of the canned stuff. Luckily we never did get the 'later meal' of appetizers we usually add. :)

How'd everyone else do?

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Very good ideas! Thanks for posting~


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How to Handle Thanksgiving (Courtesy of the Biggest Loser Web)
Have a planned celebration, then get right back on track!

To make sure you don't go into a food coma at the Thanksgiving table, or feel so full you stagger to the couch afterwards trailing busted zippers and popped buttons, here are some suggestions from our Biggest Loser Club experts on having a sane Thanksgiving celebration:

1. Eat a healthy breakfast.

2. Exercise. This may mean taking a walk with a family member or taking a 30-minute break from the festivities.

3. Make sure you have a veggie option without added cheese, butter, or cream sauce or have a salad. If not, consider making one this year.

4. Stick with white turkey meat. Have a good portion (4-6 ounces). Eat a serving of cranberry sauce on the side.

5. Avoid bread and put a small spoonful of stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, broccoli casserole, or other carbs that you'd like to savor on your plate. Eat these slowly and mindfully.

6. Limit wine or other alcohol to 1-2 drinks

7. Plan to have a slice of pie if you really want it.

8. EAT SLOWLY!! Pace yourself. Give yourself permission to taste everything. Keep portions small. .

9. Remove your plate as soon as you feel like you've eaten enough (you still have a slice of pie and coffee or tea waiting for you). Go ahead and get your hot beverage.

10. Focus on the conversation.

11. Savor your pie. Get your plate away from you when it's finished.

12. Go take another walk - even if it's only 15 minutes - after the meal.

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