Thanksgiving & Giving Thanks

Saturday, October 08, 2011

Thanksgiving weekend is upon us here in Canada. emoticon
It's supposed to be a beautiful weekend for weather ~ I am intending to get out for a hike. Not many more weekends that we'll be able to get out into the forest before winter is upon us.
So with Thanksgiving comes the BIG turkey dinner. My Mom is hosting dinner on Monday - always lots of family, fun, and tons of FOOD! Too many times have I been trying to be healthy then a holiday hits and I give myself a pass to indulge - "c'mon it's a holiday, I deserve it! I've been doing good. I can afford myself this." Pft! I have a different take on it this time, I will maintain my daily caloric intake despite the holiday - regardless of what that means. I have fast-forwarded on my food tracker and logged what I expect will be my meal. It took some adjustments before I had it to where I liked it. It is a big family dinner so my goal was to keep this meal to 600 cals. Judging by what I had logged to start, my festive meals in the past were no less than 1200 calories! Yoiks!
Here's a summary of my planned meal:
- Turkey, 100g
- Mashed potato, 85g
- Turnip, 50g
- Beans, 2/3c
- Dinner roll, 1
- Gravy, 2 tbsp
- White wine, 1 glass
- Cheese, 10g
- Olives, 10g
- Dill pickles, 4 spears
- Butter, 1 tbsp

Granted I have not used the nutritional information off the actual packages/brands that my Mom is using, but this should be close. I have everything written in a notebook that I carry with me. I am taking my food scale with me, and will use it. I will be skipping dessert, and will excuse myself from the table to avoid temptation if I need to. I commit to me. I will not put myself behind for one meal, one holiday. One of my goals for October was to enjoy Thanksgiving without the bulge and gain. My weekly weigh-in is Tuesday, the morning following my big meal. So there will be measure of this.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving - I am going to give some thanks here:
- I am thankful for my health. I may be over-weight, even obese per my bmi - but I am not sick, and have my general health. And I am capable of taking action and changing my weight.
- I am thankful for my work. In the recent economy, I am thankful to have kept my job, and been able to support my family.
- I am thankful for my family. A husband who is my best friend, and sons who make me proud everyday. My mother and father are both still alive and happily married 30 years - great example. 2 younger sisters who are my friends - and my older sister in law who I admire. My 3 nieces - who I adore. And of course my MIL who reminds me life is meant to be fun! My life is abundant with family and love.
- I am thankful for music. Music makes me feel, helps me express my mood, and boosts me.
- I am thankful for SparkPeople. The tools, the information, but mostly the support and lessons. I am thankful for the friends I've made, and the hand they give me and the examples they set and the bars they raise and challenges they put forth. You know who you are. Without SparkPeople, my dedication to a healthy lifestyle would have faltered. Thank you all.

Here's a pic of a past holiday meal...

Wishing all of you a happy Thanksgiving weekend - may you be healthy, and surrounded by family!
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    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!! You have an excellent plan and I have no doubt you will do wonderfully. You're motivated to change, it's so obvious.

    You go, girl !!!
    2718 days ago
    Happy Thanksgiving from another Canadian "Ellie": great planning for the big feast!!

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    2719 days ago
    Hi..Happy Thanksgiving to you Spark friend...

    I'm thankful for you and the new team :)

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    2719 days ago
    Happy Thanksgiving! emoticon emoticon It's good to have a food plan for days like these.

    I won't have to worry about my Thanksgiving meal this year because my family is not having a Thanksgiving meal emoticon

    I will spend part of my Monday at the gym emoticon

    2720 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/8/2011 5:27:43 PM
    Happy Thanksgiving, Elyssa!! I hope you have a great weekend and enjoy the holiday with your family! It sure does sound like you have a lot to be thankful for.
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    Happy emoticon !!! Thank you for the post. Enjoy your family.
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