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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

(advice to myself for Thanksgiving)

I don't have to eat the whole thing. It's ok to leave some food behind on my plate. I don't have to clean my plate every time. If someone serves me too big a portion, cut it in half immediately and put it back or push it to the side.

It's ok to serve myself a small portion of something and just eat a bite or two for the taste. Overeating makes me feel gross and awful. I'm not going to feel good if I eat too much. I'm not used to eating huge plates of rich food anymore. I used to be able to do that without a problem but now it will make me feel physically sick.

Remember to fill my plate 1/2 with vegetables, 1/4 with meat and 1/4 with starch. Eat until I'm 80% full not 120% full. This is not my very last Thanksgiving dinner so I don't need to eat like it's my last chance to enjoy all the delicious food that my family prepares for the holiday.

Remember to eat mindfully. Take small bites, chew thoroughly, swallow and pause before loading up my fork again. Take time to enjoy conversation with my family and friends instead of rapidly shoving food in my face all day.

I can take a break any time I want. I can go to the basement and play ping pong with Greg. I don't have to eat continuously. I can have an active Thanksgiving, chasing my nephew around the house.

I worked hard to fit into the size 14 outfit I plan to wear for Thanksgiving. My family will comment on my weight loss and that makes me uncomfortable. I will try to be gracious about that but I will also probably try to change the topic.

I'm thankful for so much this year. Spark-wise I am thankful that this holiday is a great opportunity to practice some of the skills I've learned from Spark. Thanks to all my supportive Spark friends too! I hope you all have a wonderful, healthy holiday.

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    We can do it! Thanksgiving is a holiday and holidays are about family not food. Tomorrow, we are going to eat a reasonable amount of seasonal food to sustain us and gives us enough energy to enjoy the love that coming together brings us. We will completely stuff ourselves with reconnecting, gorge ourselves on stuffed animal zoos, and fill ourself to the brim with Mitzi miniature and disgusting paw bouqets. I intend to hug way, WAY to many people, and really talk to more of your relatives than isnprobably healthy for me, but to do all this, i only need one days worth of food.
    3431 days ago
  • NRHH93
    I will keep this in mind for my own day. Thanks for the great advice! emoticon
    3433 days ago
    A whole lot of good points!!! Thank you for sharing! I too will use some of them! I plan on starting Thanksgiving morning off with a 5K - then going to mom and dad's to eat. It will be a good day.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you!!!

    3433 days ago
    Before last month I was a total "clean your plate" person. I felt bad wasting food or I would think that I would be hungry later if I didn't eat everything I was served. When I told my husband I wanted to lose weight he was the one who made me realize I was over eating because of guilt. One night at dinner I was about half way through and he said, "Honey, are you still hungry? Because if you aren't you don't have to finish the rest." When he said that I felt a release. Somebody gave me permission to not stuff myself. It was just what I needed. Now I take less food, I don't order sides if I don't really want them, and I do what you do, put half the side. Portion control is a big issue for me. I enjoyed your post and can really relate!
    3433 days ago
    You're going to have an awesome Turkey day because you have an awesome plan!
    3433 days ago
  • no profile photo TISH0125
    Thx for the reminder about shoving food in my face lol & visit :) Hope you have a marvelous gooble day ! ! !
    3433 days ago
    My plans are very similar. Although I plan to eat some of everything, I will break it up into 2 mini-meals and my portions will be small. I will not pile it on as I have in the past.
    3433 days ago
    Great advice! I hope you have a wonderful holiday!

    3433 days ago
    wow what great insights! I'll follow some of your strategies myself for Thanksgiving! emoticon
    3433 days ago
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