How to have your Thanksgiving Pie and eat it too

Weight loss has not been kind to me, although I honestly know I have not been kind to myself. I haven’t been trying like I could/should. But there comes a point when you just get tired of feeling so self conscious! My husband suggested I start to diet and excersize again after thanksgiving, after seeing me so upset every morning because my clothes don’t fit like I want them to.

But I am tired of the trap, putting it off till a later day! An easier time. After an occasion so I can have the treats! The start of a new week, month or even year! It is a vicious cycle that I subject myself to. That is the one rule in weight loss, YOU are the only one responsible for changing YOU!

I decided I am not going to wait for after Thanksgiving, I will start now! Here is what I am going to do, to keep myself from gaining too much weight this coming Thanksgiving:

1. Drink Water!
Before we reach our destination (many planned) I will drink a 16 oz bottle of water. Anything smaller wouldn’t work to quench my thirst (thirst is often mistaken for hunger) and anything larger would make me too full and may upset my stomach when it is time to eat. Drinking the water about 20 minutes before will help to curb my hunger a bit, causing me to eat less. The water will also help my body to flush out everything I am about to put in.

2. Quality vs Quantity
I love Thanksgiving food, and my family can cook! But this year it will be all about enjoying the quality of the food, and keeping an eye on the quantity.
When I serve myself, I will still load my plate. But it is going to be about 90% turkey (lean meat!) and other meats. 8% sides; because I am being realistic and I know I won’t want to say no to the mashed potatoes, cream corn, stuffing and all of the stuff that makes Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving. The other 2% will be for dessert. I’m not leaving it out, but I am greatly limiting it. So, yes, have your Thanksgiving pie and eat it too!

3. Water, again
It isn’t difficult to stay away from soda and juices! I am going to only be drinking water with my meals. I’m not a big alcoholic drinker, but this rule is especially important if you are. Alcohol is high in calories, and it is also a diuretic. The more water you drink, the better you will recover from the effects of it.

4. Timing
Timing is key, I won’t eat anything past 7 pm. that gives my body more time to digest/burn the food I have already consumed.

5. Movement
It is so easy to fall victim to a food coma. But this year, after I eat I will try and move around a bit! I want to stay away from that sluggish state that always hits me. Even if the effort is as simple as standing up and chatting with relatives instead of sitting down. I am going to try and burn every extra calorie that I can.

And don’t forget, the post Thanksgiving work out! I am going to hit the gym Friday, and continue to do so. It helps that I have a 4 day weekend. =]

Happy Thanksgiving!

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