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How did you do at managing your Thanksgiving?

Thursday, November 22, 2012

If you did well, pat yourself on the back. :-)

It you were unable to stick to your plan, or, if you didn't even have a plan, don't despair. Tomorrow is another day. Just start over. In fact, you can even plan to eat lightly for one or two, or, even three days. But, don't allow yourself to eat too little on Day 4. I tend to believe that Day 4 is when that "starvation mode" can kick in. Eat "enough" on Day 4. Then weigh yourself. Are you back on track? I'll bet you will be.

Don't allow some veering off the path to discourage you enough to turn around and discontinue your weight-loss journey.

You can do it!

~ Faith
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    Thanks for the great advice!
    1979 days ago

    Sounds like we all did OK. Maybe too much sodium, maybe too much fat, maybe too many calories. But, the best things are ...
    - we are aware of it,
    - we don't do it every day,
    - and, we're not beating ourselves up over it.

    We're not falling off any wagon; we are continuing on our journey. Today is another day.

    I guess I didn't share how I did, personally, on Thanksgiving. I did pretty well during Thanksgiving dinner. I attended a large, extended-family carry-in. With tons of food: turkey, sausage, ham, potato dishes, vegetable dishes, salads, and, yes -- desserts (pumpkin pie + many other choices). I filled my plate only once. Probably about 2-3 oz of white-meat turkey, one small piece of sausage, a very small serving of a potato casserole. I filled a small area of my plate with a 1/2 slice of pumpkin pie, with a dollop of real whipped cream, and I had one small bar cookie. The rest of my plate was filled with vegetables.

    My husband, who was sitting next to me also only filled his plate once. But, mine had little spaces between food items. His food was crammed together, and, even double-layered in some places.

    However, I ate too many Pringles at the sandwich supper at my in-laws. And, after I got home in the evening, I snacked too much on some healthy, but high-fat, energy mix with soy nuts.

    On Friday, the scale showed a 2-3 pound gain. But, I ate carefully yesterday, and, by today, it was back to normal. I knew that I hadn't eaten 10,000 extra calories, so the weight-gain wasn't "real" and would disappear if followed by healthy eating.

    ~ Faith
    1979 days ago
    Hubby and I went for an hour plus walk in the afternoon, so we did get our exercise in.

    I was a little under calories by the time we went to dinner (at Clyde's Willow Creek - fabulous place if you're in NoVa). BUT, my meal was full of very rich things. I ordered Salmon en Croute (in puff pastry), but the pastry was way too rich for me, so I didn't the pastry part. The salmon was served on a bed of mustard greens (YUM!), and they were on top of mushroom chunks and leeks sauteed in lots of BUTTER! It was supposed to be the mustard greens and a ragout of root vegetables, but I got the mushrooms instead for some reason. Anyway, I ate only half of the salmon, and ALL of the veggies and shrooms. I shudder to think how many grams of fat were in the meal, but it was delicious! (and I still have half of the salmon in the fridge, which may be today's lunch!)

    The funny thing is, I started analyzing the meal afterward - I was served a rich fish in rich pastry on top of very rich mushrooms. I'm just not used to those quantities of fat any more (though the root vegetable ragout might have been a less fatty accompaniment than the mushrooms). Wouldn't it have been better for them to offer a naked salmon and put a lighter fish en croute - perhaps a cod or haddock? Also, the mushroom/leek combo was delicious, but would have been even better with half the butter and a broth used to saute the veggies - the butter flavor was almost overwhelming.

    I didn't even attempt to estimate my dinner calories in Sparky. I'm sure I was over calories and my fat total was through the roof, but I now have the leeway to indulge like this on occasion, and I did enjoy it. But, we had no holiday treats in the house, so we don't have to worry about that!

    So, all in all, I feel that it was a successful day
    1979 days ago
    I probably didn't stay within range, but it wasn't a blowout, so I'm satisfied, especially since I was on my feet almost all day today.
    1979 days ago
    I stayed within calorie range...but did go over on sodium. That's okay though.. I allow one day a week over on sodium. Will spend the next week making up for it.
    1980 days ago
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