Not that food=living. Maybe that came out wrong. What I meant was, I'm not tracking tomorrow. I will be careful with portions, and if I get full, I'm not going to KEEP eating. I don't do that anyway, even if it means I go under my minimum target calorie goal. I don't necessarily want a serving of everything, but more like enough for a couple bites. Heck, if I had a serving of everything, my plate would be overflowing!!! That's gross! My eyes tend to be bigger than my stomach, anyway. Living is more like sampling a bit of everything, which I have to do anyway, because I'm the "chef." TOTALLY not living for food. I eat to live, and not the other way around. I used to be of the mindset the last time I lost weight that I didn't deserve to eat or enjoy food, and that resulted in some really unhealthy habits. I am not going to let Thanksgiving totally throw me off, just like I didn't let the Feast of Tabernacles throw me off. It's more about enjoying a bit of this and a bit of that and being thankful for it. I am more about enjoying the time with my kids. My daughter is 10-almost 10 and a half, and I promised her LAST year that this year, she and I were going to do the baked mac and cheese together. The goal is that two or three years from now, she'll be able to do it all by herself.
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11/21/12 9:16 A
I'm eating with my mom who is on a special diet so I should be good.
11/20/12 10:58 P
There are only the two of us old folks, so we'll go to a taqueria that we enjoy and have a meal that is well within the limits.
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11/20/12 10:29 P
I wouldn't call it cheating, but I will eat more that day, but it will still be within my calories.
I will eat a snack before- an apple and a light string cheese, so I can portion control.
I will have a healthy breakfast.
I will eat slowly and drink lots of water.
I am eating at the low end of my calorie range 3 days before and 3 days after, so If I miscalculate some calories, I can still be safe.
I am not going to stress about it. It's one meal and as long as I stick to my plan I will not gain 1 lb from it (that would be an extra 3,500 calories in one day- that won't happen)
Most people don't gain from the 1 holiday meal, it's when they spread it out days and days. Like eating Holiday cookies at work, then going out to eat with friends more than once a week.... That's where the weight gain starts. Not tracking your food on non Holiday days.
The Holiday dinners are usually only 3 days, and some extra calories those 3 meals don't add up to the 5lbs holiday weight gain people expirience.
I have laos asked my friends and family to please not gift me any cookies, candies or food, while I appreciate the thought I'd rather they save their time and money because I won't be eating those cookies or candies.
I know sometimes people don't listen, If I do recive candy, I will leave it in another breakroom at work and let others enjoy it.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
11/20/12 10:07 P
I'm so like not going to cheat. I posted earlier about even having anxiety about it. With the encouragement I read helped me just now get my plan of action together! I plan to have bottles of water at arms reach to help chat away the day with relatives and friends. And drink water before dinner, during dinner and after having a bottle of water nearby! NO SODA. This year for the first time, I plan to migrate out of the kitchen and outside to actually toss the football around with the family! I simply cannot zero in on all the sweets that will be there.
I plan on eating turkey as it's my favorite meat. I also made a low sugar apple crisp and will have some of that. Since the meal is low key and is at my home I also plan on doing my workouts that day. For me it's about being thankful and not about the food.
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11/20/12 9:39 P
I already entered everything I plan to eat for the "big meal" and will stick to it. I'll build the rest of the day around that to stay within my range. So far, the meal is around 1,000 calories, so there's a little room for a light breakfast and snack. BRING IT!
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3,293 11/20/12 9:36 P
How many calories does it have to be to count as really "living"? Are you living enough with 1000 calories or does it have to be 4000 before you feel like you've properly feasted? At what point have you moved beyond celebration into a zone where you are actively hurting yourself by eating too much?
Is really living more about being around and alive to enjoy your friends and your children or is it having four pieces of pie? It's entirely possible to go to a party, enjoy the company, dance, sample a bit of everything and have a grand time without even going over your dietary limits. I do it all the time.
The whole "food=living" thing is kind of sitting wrong with me...but it's a complex issue, isn't it? I guess what I think is that if food is the only thing that you are living for, that's a problem...but perhaps I am reading way too much into this.
I just had a fabulous cheat day two weeks ago...and gained 5 pounds. I have re-lost that weight, but it will be a couple of months before I go completely off the grid like that again...and I will wait for something tastier than Thanksgiving to do that.
I don't consider it "cheating." I consider it "living." This isn't a diet for me. This is just life. I have to change my habits, yes, but I also have to allow for celebration. Sometimes celebration means throwing super caution to the wind when it comes to eating. There are times for feasting and this is one of them. I want to be more reasonable about portion sizes. However, Friday, I am right back to tracking my calories and alllll that good for me stuff that I need to do in order to be successful. I refuse to beat myself up for celebrating on a day that is set aside specifically for that. I did that last time, and it's not a happy place to be.
We had our Thanksgiving meal yesterday. I put a small portion of everything I wanted to try on my plate. I did not take second helpings of anything. I waited quite awhile to eat dessert and had a small portion.
I don't feel that I cheated at all nor do I feel like I was deprived.
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40 11/20/12 5:26 P
I'm not going to worry too much about it, but I'm also not going to eat until I can't move any more. I'm thinking small portion sizes, eating slowly, really enjoying the food- and yes, probably pie! I'm also going to make sure I run this week, for longer than usual.
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11/20/12 5:01 P
Healthy choices are the only thing on my menu. Then I don't have to worry.
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203 11/20/12 4:55 P
I plan not to over eat. I am cooking and we are eating at 2 pm, early enough in a day. I am planning to have a very light dinner (or none at all) after the main meal.
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563 11/20/12 4:14 P
i didnt over eat on cad turkey day :)
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129 11/20/12 4:10 P
I plan on eating a lite breakfast such as a cereal bar so I don't feel famished by dinner. We are having a early dinner around 4pm. I Plan on eating a little of everything-including a slice of pie with no seconds.
I'm planning to eat only the Thanksgiving dinner, no other meals that day. I just can't eat as much as other people so unless I'm really hungry, I don't stand a chance. As a result of that, I probably won't go over my calories by much.
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1,984 11/20/12 3:59 P
No cheating--portion control and yes to dessert.
11/20/12 2:43 P
I plan to eat reasonable amounts of food, but will splurge by having dessert.
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3,293 11/20/12 2:38 P
OK, I found a listing for 1/8 of a pie. The whole meal comes out to 494 calories, 58 carbs, 12 fat and 38 protein. Not unreasonable with a light breakfast and lunch.
I am much more concerned about exercise over the holidays. My gym and Zumba studio are closed and the weather is incredibly windy, dark and wet where I am. It's a problem. I'm not really comfortable taking rest days ever, much less on a day when I am eating a heavy meal.
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11/20/12 2:25 P
I plan on enjoyng myself by eating what I like, but not overdoing it.
I don't consider overeating to be cheating. I'm not on a diet so I don't ever cheat. Regardless, I plan to eat mindfully on Thanksgiving. I will do my best to keep my portions small and make healthy choices.
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3,293 11/20/12 1:58 P
I'm just eating with my parents, no big celebration, so it should be possible to fit in a holiday meal without really going off of the plan.
I've already entered what I expect to eat for dinner that day. I may have to eat slightly different things for breakfast and lunch than usual, but it is doable. It seems like I could have turkey, gravy, potatoes, green beans and a slice of pie--a very large meal for me, but not ridiculous.
I notice that the pumpkin pie listing in Spark Nutrition only gives the option of eating 1/6 of a pumpkin pie. That's more than I need, so I'm going to recalculate it for a slice that is 1/8 of a pie.
I'm cooking dinner, so I get to decide what's made. I've agreed to have all the traditional stuff, but I'm adding a veggie tray, green beans, and lettuce salad. I really plan on not cheating. Anyone else?