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11/18/09 4:33 P

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This is so great to read about everyone's plan!

I am going to get in a workout every day of that week, even on thanksgiving (my gym is closed but my running gear is always open!!) and for that day, focus on filling up on veggies and turkey and saving a bit of room on my plate for sweet potatoes and cranberry sauce (my two weaknesses) and having a taste of every dessert (meaning literally a bite).

I will NOT get seconds of anything, if it doesn't fit a normal portion of a meal i'd normally eat on a normal plate (not overflowing my plate like past holidays), i'll take a bit to go and have it the following day. oh, and i gave up drinking a while ago, so unlimited water for me, thanks!

My goal is to not put on any weight at all over the holiday, but if I do, i'll be busting my butt to work it off immediately. My goals are monthly, so I won't have too much time to reach my weigh in goal after the holiday.

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11/18/09 4:19 P

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Our thanksgiving meal has always been at lunch time and this year will be no different. What will be different is that we will be only four, maybe six, so the meal will be smaller. I offered to host so I can control most of the cooking methods. I usually make a crustless pumpkin but I may add the crust in honor of the day. There is a Turkey Run here for charity and we have talked about participating in that in the morning.
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11/18/09 9:47 A

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Wow this is helpful to read about other people's plans. We have Thanksgiving dinner at midday. It is a kind of New England tradition. We will spend it on Cape Cod. I am doing it the way I always have--turkey, stuffing made with lots of savory veggies and I am using whole wheat bread this year instead of white. Turnip and yam puree. Mashed potato. I will make a green veg of some sort depending on what looks fresh next week. And cranberry sauce and gravy. So since the food will be traditional I will have to be non traditional about portion sizes and proportions. And we are spending the evening with friends and will dine again. (They are not New Englanders). The weekend will be full of friends and easy leftovers and clearly it will be an opportunity to practice mindful eating!

Well I could do that but why would I want to?


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11/18/09 8:23 A

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No family coming over. I want to invite friends who might not have any place else to go but we will most likely end up at Denny's because my sons are going to be at the out-in-laws this year.

We are going to invite friends over for a Low cal thanksgiving.

Edited by: MIAJOEB at: 11/18/2009 (12:52)
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11/17/09 7:24 P

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Thanksgiving is going to be a whole new deal for this year. Instead of eating with my family, I'll be traveling with my fiance to see his family. It'll be a little stressful (leaving Wednesday at 6am, coming back Friday at midnight, and spending the in-between with 16 future in-laws!!!!), but hopefully that won't mess me up.

I'm going to have to be very very very careful about portioning and choosing the right foods that are offered -- I won't get to cook any of my own meals and I certainly don't want to seem picky or rude to my hosts! I have a feeling I'll be scraping some marshmallows from the tops of sweet potatoes, hahaha.


For exercise, I should be fine. I'll bring my laptop with my workout dvds, sneakers, and two sets of exercise clothes. There's a bike path near their house and it's usually warm enough to job down there this time of year, so hopefully that will keep me in line!


I'd like to be able to track, but I really doubt it'll be possible. Maybe I'll make notes on paper to keep myself in line?

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11/17/09 4:27 P

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IAJOEB, sorry to hear about your fall. Take care of yourself. Hope you're feeling better soon.
I am a Canadian, so we celebrated our Thankgsgiving last month. I did overeat at that time, and I am still paying for it. I have been working out every day and trying to watch everything I eat, but I have been unable to lose any weight for a while. Hope it will start coming off again soon.

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11/17/09 12:03 P

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I just did a header over a mole hill while carrying a stack of plastic trays.
I hit my knee, my elbow and the trays were between my body and the floor.
I broke my odometer but no broken bones.
It hurts to breath on the right side especially my right "Pectoral". It is just bruised. Just must keep walking slowly. Just must keep eating slowly.
Thank you for letting me share.

Edited by: MIAJOEB at: 11/17/2009 (12:06)
Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things:... Psalm 98

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though... we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day my day....So fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. for what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal
2 COR 16-18

Doing nothing is the most perfect form of action, when I do nothing there is nothing left undone and there is nothing left to do.... The Way by Lao Tse


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11/16/09 4:12 P

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For exercise, I just started the C25K this morning, so that will keep me running three times a week for a half hour each day. That is something I can do no matter where I am; and I'm going to add it to my already active schedule so that mornings I get in a run for 30 mins and evenings I get in a 45 min session on the elliptical. That way, if I do eat more than I should, I may not see it on the scale.(hoping!!!) This year instead of loading up on all the food at the table, I am going to focus on MY favorite foods and just bring those. I am going to bring to thanksgiving potluck a vegetable/cheese plate and this as the side dish:

Healthier cranberry chutney:
CRANBERRY CHUTNEY
In addition to accompanying any duck or turkey dish, the chutney, like the cranberry itself, is versatile and can be spread on bread or cheese, used in lieu of butter or served as a side dish. Cranberries are very high in antioxidants and certain nutrients that may provide protection against bacteria associated with food poisoning and urinary tract infections. You can make your own cranberry sauce, but you'll need sugar or Splenda to make it gel; other sugar substitutes don't work.

Healthier Makeover by: Cindy Taccini, manager of the Ocean Spray Test Kitchen. (www.oceanspray.com)

Ingredients:

1 16-ounce can cranberry sauce (Ocean Spray Whole Berry)
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup peeled, diced apple
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Dash ground cloves

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan.
Cook on medium heat, stirring occasionally, until apples are tender and sauce has thickened slightly, about 30 minutes.
Chill until ready to serve.

Traditional: Homemade Jellied Cranberry Sauce (per 2-tablespoon serving): 115 calories
Healthier Makeover: (per 2-tablespoon serving): 33 calories, 0 grams protein, 9 grams carbohydrate, 0 grams fat
Saving: 82 calories
Serves: 10


Edited by: HOLLY_LONDON at: 11/16/2009 (16:14)
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11/16/09 3:53 P

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I will definitely stick with my exercise routine! The week of Thanksgiving the Y (where I work out) is offering a boot camp. And a fantastic, kick your butt into shape, no slacking, iron man instructor is offering a week long boot camp for 5 days after Thanksgiving, and I'm signed up!

This year, we only have 1 dinner to attend. Typically we have two (one for my family, one for my husbands) but my mom moved away and "semi-retired" up in northern Wisconsin on our family land, so she will not be hosting our second meal this year. I will likely indulge myself with dessert, but beyond that, I plan on keeping my portions small.

So, my plan is to have only one, portion-conscious dinner (with a slice of pie, sorry) and kick my butt back into gear with a week long boot camp the week after Thanksgiving.

Enjoy your holiday everyone!


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11/16/09 10:49 A

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Here's my Thanksgiving week survival plan:

I'm doing only a turkey breast, not the whole bird, and a lighter version of my mom's stuffing - no butter/oil. The mositure will be from low-sodium/no fat chicken broth.

Fresh made cranberry sauce with only 1 TBSP of Splenda to cut the tang.

A huge dish of roasted veggies (squash, carrots, brussel sprouts, mushrooms and cauliflower) plus fresh roasted corn cut from the cob. Whole baked sweet potatoes (not canned and with marshmallows-EEK!). I will do a small portion of regular mashed potatoes for DH and DD, but since I prefer the sweet potatoes anyway, no risk there for me.

The two things I will not skimp much on - the green bean casserole and the pumpkin pie. I am altering them some, but they will still be fairly high cal.

However, I also plan on upping my cardio by at least 15 mintues Mon-Weds and then, since I am off Thurs-Sun, those will be 1 hour cardio days minimum.

I made a vow to myself that I will continue to lose through the holidays (my goal date is Dec 26) and I will keep that vow!

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11/16/09 9:19 A

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Great challenge. This is the hardest time of year for mindless eating!
This week I'm focusing on increasing my activity level and try to do 60 minutes most days of the week--even if I have to break it up.
My plan is to substitute low fat ingredients where I can.
GUM, GUM, GUM especially while cooking so that I'm not automatically "tasting"


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11/16/09 1:56 A

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Thanksgiving is the last Thursday in November. We celebrate remembering the first British colony in USA at Plymouth Rock in 1620.

For me, I will be celebrating Thanksgiving with my best friends family.

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Living Down Under I won't have to worry about making anything diferrent on Thanksgiving because we don't celebrate it here and it's just another Thursday.
BTW. When is it?

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11/16/09 12:37 A

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My spouse and I are trying to eat very little meat, both for the animals' sake and for our health. We plan to share a turkey breast with our daughter and her fiends. Other foods we plan to serve are brown rice, great northern beans, yams, and green beans, with fruit for dessert. There are many marvelous recipes for these items at the Spark People website. :-)

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11/16/09 12:04 A

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Please use this page to let the team know how you'll do holiday's differently this year in order to eat, and live, more mindfully. Tips for meals, stress relief, and sticking to goals throughout this time are perfect right here!

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