I was thinking a lot about Thanksgiving last night. Although I absolutely LOVE the holidays, in the past, I have somewhat regarded Thanksgiving as something to be dreaded, because of the food. It is a holiday that revolves around food, and it can be difficult for those of us trying to lose weight to keep ourselves under control that day. But Thanksgiving is not JUST about the food, and last night I consciously decided that I will not let my self-control issues around food color my view of a wonderful holiday.
There are many things about Thanksgiving that I love that have nothing to do with food:
- welcoming friends and family into my home
-getting to see people that I only see a few times a year
-the start of the Christmas season
-Christmas music starts playing on the radio
-getting out the Christmas decorations
-spending a holiday with loved ones that just about spending time together, not about presents
It's just not worth the stress of making a big mental issue about the food anymore. My plan for Thanksgiving is to mainly fill up on turkey and the veggie tray, and have small servings of things that only happen once a year: corn casserole, my grandma's dressing recipe that my sister makes, and a small serving of dessert. And get right back to normal, and tracking my food the next day. I will also be running at some point tomorrow, which I'm looking forward to. My boys will be playing flag football with our church, and I hope it can be a tradition that we all do something active on Thanksgiving day. My overall goal is to have a fun day and enjoy some holiday food and still feel good at the end of the day - not completely stuffed and lethargic.
This morning I weighed myself when I got up, to know where I am to have a visual reminder it. And as an added incentive to not overdo it, the scale showed me a lower number than I've seen in WEEKS. I don't want to mess that up. I also plan to wear my tightest jeans during dinner as a little extra reminder to keep it in check ;)
With that being said, there are a few things I will not be making for Thanksgiving this year because I know I can't control myself around them - cheeseball and crackers...I just can't stay out of that. And cherry pie and/or cherry delight (a dish made with cream cheese and cool whip and topped with cherry pie filling) are an issue for me...no self control with those either. But there will still be MORE than enough food without those couple of things.
Last night I
bought out the store made a last minute trip to the store for a few things I forgot.
And I got a fruit and veggie tray for appetizers to take the place of cheeseball. Normally I would make my own veggie trays because it's cheaper, but I have a lot to do and a short amount of time, so premade will do just fine. I also have some cashews and trail mix that I will put out with this.
I normally host Thanksgiving dinner at my house, so I'm off work today, cooking and cleaning like Cinderella (without the helpful mice).
I brine my turkey, this year I am trying a new-to-me brine recipe - The Pioneer Woman's Brine Recipe and my house currently smells amazing.
I think I need to invest in a stockpot.
In the past, I have always done the brine in my roaster pan, but it's not deep enough to submerge the turkey, so I would have to get up in the middle of the night to flip it. This year I made it easy on myself and went to Lowe's and bought a new bucket for $2.97 to brine the turkey in. I know the bucket will fix in my extra refrigerator, I just hope my huge turkey will fit in the bucket! Keeping it classy.
I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!!