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Thoughts of Thanksgiving strategy~ *others welcome!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

I have gotten down to 192.2 pounds! HARD WORK and not sabotaging myself. Things are going good in my life for the most part. NOT PERFECT by any means...but good overall.

I have been thinking to myself about the up coming giant meal that will be served next Thursday. It is at my parent's house. Me and my oldest son will do most of the cooking but MOM has say this year on what will be made. I did get to sneak in more veggies than she wanted and she added things like full sugar jello with peaches and whip cream on top with coconut sprinkled on top and her "magic cake" that lol is NOT good for you! She said she will make it healthy by using no sugar cake mix lol. UM MOM>>>still not good for you...but tasty! Yellow cake mix with butterscotch chips mixed in that sink to the bottom and make a sweet crust with a carmel coconut frosting on top. MMMM yum. She is making full fledge pecan pie and pumpkin pie with whip topping. I am bringing rolls from a near by bakery and a cream puff that was a request from my mom. JUST ONE! We wont be having turkey at request of my mother. Instead we will have ham and roast beef. Mash potatoes (real not boxed), yams with marshmellows (I requested real fresh yams not canned) both of which she will most likely put butter in. Green bean casserole, relish tray, Brussels sprouts, gravy...I didn't think we needed this but she insisted, cranberry insists on the canned jellied kind (ol school and I do like it), there will be no stuffing unless I make it from some corn bread I am making. My father is deathly allergic to sage. Corn is on the menu too. And probably more than I can remember. I lost my list the other day. I am making my own seasoning mix in case I do make stuffing. I asked her to get stock and didn't tell her why lol I plan on sneaking that into recipes instead of cream and butter. She will most likely catch me and add her own.

So I need to be armed with a plan of attack before that day. Plan #1: substitute for healthier ingredients any chance I get! Plan #2: Drink a whole lot of water. Plan #3: Make use of the treadmill and recumbent bike while I am there. Plan #4: Plan on eating meat, beans, veggies but allow for some freedom this day. Plan #5: Teaspoon or Table spoon size servings of the things that tempt me or I shouldn't eat.

I have learned if I go outside certain rules I will feel horrible and it will take me almost a month to return to a normal feeling. I must watch my blood sugar! I crash when it goes high, and queasy when it drops quickly. This is such a horrible physical feeling. Not to mention the guilt. SO! This year...I give myself permission to follow this plan and keep in good health. I can feel good about these rules. They are not too loose and not to strict. I do not eat like this often. One time a year. I see my family once or twice a year if I am lucky and mom should get to say what she wants too. I can't force my ways on anyone. I am responsible for myself and my own choices. I believe I can go through with this and everyone...including myself! will end up happy.

I am interested in other people on here and welcome their "Plan of attack" on Thanksgiving day. So, what's YOUR plan? Are you going to stay strict with yourself, rules don't matter, or find a compromise you can be happy with??

I welcome other people's plan...maybe I can learn something.
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    Kudos, Kate! Sounds like a good plan. I am going to make myself track everything I eat (something completely not attempted on holidays), so that I can pace myself. I also have realized that I am more excited about the visit than the food, and it used to be the other way around. That should help. I like the drinking a whole lot of water plan you've got, so I'm going to jump on that bandwagon. I guess I'll just be holding onto Sparkpeople for dear life during Thanksgiving and allow that to keep me accountable.
    2338 days ago
    It can be hard when trying to please everyone in the crowd. Sounds like you have your plan in place...that is half the battle. emoticon

    Happy Thanksgiving emoticon
    2339 days ago
    I will try to find a compromise I can live with, but I will do the cooking so I can make healthier choices in preparation. Last year we ate at our son and his in-laws home and I did portion control which worked pretty well. emoticon with eating a bit of the things you like because if I feel deprived I end up eating more than I should. For me the first bite usually satisfies my craving and I avoid seconds. It sounds like you have a good plan. Happy Thanksgiving.
    2339 days ago
  • NEPTUNE1939
    Strict rules are great!
    NO SUGAR or sugary drinks. I substitute "Branch Chain Amino Acid (BCCA's). It is an essential amino acid required to build muscle. I take 10 grams every morning on WAKE-UP with 16 ounces of water. It makes a 5-calorie (cherry flavor) drink and is great to hydrate your body. More info can be found on emoticon
    2339 days ago
  • LEANIE64
    I decided I am not worrying about the day..I am not going to over eat as in years past..but I am going to enjoy what I do eat...I will chew, chew, chew every bite..and drink a glass of water before I begin the have me more full when I start to eat. I will fill my plate with a salad first thing..bringing my preferred salad dressing along as a topping. Also..once I am done with salad...I will go back and take one serving of all the goods..and not go back for seconds. I too will take a bite of all the desserts if I feel so moved..if not I will pass. I am going to make up a low calorie version of a fruit salad I can have..too I will make a low cal. pumpkin pudding (something I have concocted ..1 c. Greek yogurt, 1/2 c. pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice to taste, 1\2 t. vanilla, and stevia to taste..).This sure takes the edge off any cravings I have and is satisfying to me.
    Enjoy your self..and remember...Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels,,..and be sure to drink water..forget the soda's , eggnog, etc.

    2339 days ago
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