Friday, November 26, 2010

Loss for words...

Last Monday my trainer asked me what clean and healthy items were we serving on Thanksgiving Day....I was embarrassed because, honestly, I had not even given that a thought. I did not know what to say...

First of all my hubby and daughter were planning our menu, as the week before I was up to my eyeballs in making cookies for the homeless shelter. Anyway, when she asked me the question, I got to thinking about this whole weight loss and fitness journey and wondered if it was really necessary to change our whole tradition just because I'm the only fatty in the house.

Because of my lack of involvement in the meal planning and because the food was already purchased, I decided that I could not change what we were serving, but I did decide that I could and would change my usual Thanksgiving behavior.

Instead of doing what I always do on Thanksgiving, which is overeating and inactivity...this is what I decided to do instead.

First things first....I made sure I had a healthy breakfast and lunch and I drank a ton of water all day. Then, while setting the table, I made sure I found the smallest plate for my place setting. The plate was just a little bit larger than a saucer. When the meal was finally served, I had a little bit of everything. Probably had no more than 1-2 tablespoons of each item and gratefully I had only 1 roll. The only thing that I struggled with, during the day, was potato chips. Don't even know why they made it into the house, but there they were. I had too many. It's not that I sat down and had a was that every time I went by the table, I had one. Usually a small piece, just to get the taste, but definitely more than I needed. Do you know that potato chips make my throat hurt and today, it still hurts and there's been nothing I can do to make myself feel better. I hope I will remember this for future use....potato chips are not good for me!!

The the other thing I did for myself was walk. My hubby and I took a 2 1/4 mile walk in the morning and then we went again with my daughter in the evening. That's 4+ miles for me...on Thanksgiving....I've never done that before. Also, I probably ran about 1 of those miles, as my daughter was challenging me to push myself. Kind of proud of that!!

Finally the absolute worse thing I did was I did have a piece of cheese cake. Thankfully it was a very small piece and I enjoyed every bite of it. I mean it is Thanksgiving after all ~ Geez!

All in all, I did pretty well, certainly a ton better than prior times. I am just glad it's over and I'm happy to be back on track today!

How did you do?

Keep focused!


  1. Oh, I did not do well. The meal was not so horrible... it was the snacking before and after that did me in. Sigh.

  2. What a great game plan. I love the idea of setting out a smaller plate for yourself. I'm going to borrow that idea when I go to my inlaws for dinner tonight. It might sound a little weird to ask for one, but a necessity! ;)

  3. I use the small plate thing at every meal usually, keeps me from taking too much! I think you did excellent!! You can't always control your environment, but you control what makes it's way onto your plate. You chose well!!

  4. I think cheesecake is fine on Thanksgiving. You don't want to skip everything and feel deprived. That can lead to worse things later. The important thing is to savor whatever treat you choose and then get right back with the plan.

  5. I set the menu. I followed it. And I walked a 5K.

    You walked 4+ miles on Thanksgiving? I would be super proud of that and forget the cheesecake. That is one heck of a great turkey day.

  6. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

    You are doing amazing!!!!

  7. Joy, I think you did beautifully under the circumstances. You should be proud of yourself. You didn't feel cheated, yet you kept things under your own control. Great job!

  8. I think you did a fabulous job! Give yourself a big pat on the back from me. :)

  9. I ate what I wanted and took a walk. I always eat a part of a cheese ball with walnuts and did it again this year.
    However, I had a problem eating very much.
    smaller stomach.
    Great job Joy!

  10. The take-away success I'm reading is that you worked hard for the homeless shelter and you involved your family in the meal planning. You took a long walk and the worse thing you had was a piece of cheesecake. The day sounds like a total win-win for everyone.