Friday, November 26, 2010

Post 2: Thanksgiving

I'm full.

Not like that super-uncomfortable-I-just-ate-enough-food-for-5-people kind of full (the kind that I have often felt during Thanksgivings past), but rather just pleasantly full.

So, the strategy I had laid out for today:
  1. Exercise by doing the Newport Pie Run 5K
  2. Eat a good breakfast/lunch before heading over to my mother-in-law's house 
  3. Wear fitted jeans rather than my usual skirt with elastic waist.
  4. Allow myself one small plate of appetizer type foods and then don't eat anymore appetizers once I've finished what's on my little plate
  5. Chew gum for the rest of the afternoon so I don't eat until dinner is served
  6. Use a salad plate for my dinner so I can have a little taste of everything without feeling too bad about it.
  7. Eat one slice of the pumpkin pie that I made because I know that it is within the boundaries of my eating plan
So, how'd I do?
  1. Newport Pie Run: check!
  2. Good breakfast/lunch: check!
  3. Fitted jeans: check!
  4. Eat one small plate of appetizers and no more: yeah...ummm...not so much. However, compared to prior years I did GREAT
  5. Chew gum: check! (and then spit it out so I can have a few more rice crackers with cheese)
  6. Use salad plate as dinner plate: not so much on his one. However, I filled the plate mostly with various vegetables (low fat cole slaw made by me, brussel sprouts, butternut squash, broccoli, mashed cauliflower and asparagus) leaving just a little room for turkey and homemade cranberry sauce.
  7. Eat one slice of pie: Oops...not so much on this on either...I did indulge a bit at the dessert table.
So, I let my cravings get the better of me today (damn you, cheesecake!), but all in all...I think that I've made progress in that I am sitting here feeling pleasantly full and sleepy rather than in a great deal of lower GI distress and discomfort as I have been over the last few Thanksgivings. Did I eat too much? Absolutely. No question. But relative to what I used to eat at TG, I feel OK about my choices (except the cheesecake! Damn you!)

I also feel OK because I know that I am heading to the gym and for the rest of this weekend to undo some of the damage that I have inflicted upon myself.

Tomorrow: hitting the gym HARD.

Best wishes for good health and a Happy Thanksgiving,


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  2. Actually, I think you did a great job. So, you indulged a bit on what? Look at what else you did! Most importantly, you had a plan and you followed through. Good for you!