I thought we could use a blog about Thanksgiving and what are plans are for this week and day of and the aftermath. Would love to hear your plans and what works or doesn't work for you in the past. I have to go to 2 Thanksgivings this year - and the second one I am hosting (if I don't make it we don't eat it!). Us shorties need to keep this in mind more than most since we can't take in quite as many calories as our leggy peers.
During a past Thanksgiving and holiday season I actually lost weight and I'm planning on keeping that in my mind this week and over the next 5 weeks. You can do it too. It is all about portions and enjoying the food that goes into your mouth and not caving into peer pressure.
What has worked for me in the past is the following:
1) Don't skip breakfast. You don't need to feel like you are starving when the meal finally rolls around. Most people I know eat their big Thanksgiving meal around noonish. But if you are one that eats at night make sure you still eat healthy the rest of the day. Eat healthy lean meats, lower carbs, lots of veggies. Just an idea but consider having a greek yogurt for breakfast. thick, creamy, feels like you are spoiling yourself and you get 14 grams of protein and 120 cals.
2) I check out the plate I am given - how big is it? I then eye-ball what a smaller plate would look like and only fill that area with food. I especially like my mom's decorative ones because there is that 1/2 inch along the outside that is painted. I don't let any food touch that. If it does - I took too much. If there is a second plate I ignore it. SECOND PLATE? Does that much food really fit into my stomach? I think not!
2) Be conscious of every bite that I put onto my plate and consider trade offs. I love stuffing and will NOT give it up on thanksgiving. So instead of depriving myself of my favorite food I give up others: I don't eat the mayo-y salads or anything jello/sugar based during the meal, I take less potatoes and less gravy and don't put extra butter on anything - not on my potatoes and not on my bread. I take the whole wheat bun instead of the white bun and I look for the smallest one in the basket I don't put butter or any other spread on it. I've also been known to not take any bread because I love my stuffing. I keep my turkey portion to 3-4 ounces. I do not take green bean hotdish. I do take pickles and a small scoop of cranberry sauce. I only drink water. Maybe one small glass of white wine if I can budget it in. I offer to bring brussel sprouts or make the potatoes - this way I don't put any extra milk or butter into them. I ask how the sweet potatoes were made and if they are soaked in sugar and butter I'll pass or only take a tablespoon or two. I drink an entire glass of water during my meal and wait before taking any more food. I'll just feel miserable later if I eat seconds.
3) Don't let anyone be a food pusher to you! Say no and that you are stuffed and how wonderful everything was with a huge smile on your face. You can resist!
4) Dessert. I love pumpkin pie. I will share half a piece with my mom and we don't eat whipped topping on it. I usually talk the table into waiting until mid afternoon to have pie. More people decide they only need half a piece at that time because they feel so full and because mom and I lead the charge with saying..."oh only half a piece for me, i am soooooo full." Peer pressure reverse guilt trip all around :)
5) What is the weather like? Is it nice? Bring your walking shoes and talk someone into taking advantage of the nice weather in the afternoon and go for a little walk. Crossing my fingers that the South Dakota weather is really 50 whole degrees. Amazing for here.
6) I am working out every day this week to make up for my max calorie day on Thursday. If I can get a workout in that morning that will be bonus! Right now I'm planning on doing a 30 minute Jillian dvd that morning before we head out. Then Saturday I am planning on doing the same or going to the gym before my marathon of cooking.
| current weight: 133.5