Thanksgiving Prep

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 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!!!!

Wrapping Up My November Workout Challenge

Early this month, my friend and I challenged each other - the goal was to work out consistently in the month of November.  The person who worked out more was the winner, and the loser had to buy the winner Chipotle for lunch on the friday before Thanksgiving.  We both had been slacking in October and the overall goal was to get back into the routine of working out regularly, and stop slacking.  We both did that!  I worked out 15 times so far in November.

WATP stands for Walk Away the Pounds workout DVDs.  On 11/3 I worked out twice, once at lunch and once after work.  

As for the challenge winner...we tied.  Neither of us were super motivated to "beat" each other but we accomplished our goal of getting back into the swing of going to the gym.  So, we each bought our own Chipotle...and we went last Thursday since I still felt not so great, and then worked out on Friday.

I'm so glad we did this just to have something to keep us motivated - I plan to keep it going and work out at least 15 times in December as well.  I would like to work out more than that, but inevitably things get crazy and lunch breaks eventually end up being used for holiday errands.

I have some workouts planned for this week as well!  Holiday eating is not going to get the best of me.

How Can It Be Thanksgiving Week Already?

I know it's a cliche, but this year has flown by so fast that I can barely wrap my brain around it.  Before we know it, it will be 2015.  When I met my husband, the boys were 4 and 6.  His oldest had a kindergarten t-shirt that said "class of 2016."  I remember thinking that seemed SO far away.  Not so much now!  

Last week I was SO sick and miserable with strep/sinus infection/the most horrific sore throat I've ever had.  I'm happy to report I'm pretty much back to normal.  I did not stick to low carb last week, mostly because anything more solid than soup felt like it was stabbing my throat to death.  Basically last week I lived on soup and cuties (the little oranges that are easy to peel).  My weight stayed the same and I feel slim (still fitting into my smaller jeggings well) so no damage done.

I really want to make the rest of this year the best that it can be, holiday and family-wise, but also health and feeling good wise.  When I eat tons of processed carbs and sugar my body feels like crap and that's something I really want to be aware of this holiday season.  Is it worth the sugar crash and feeling horrible after the fact?  That's the mindset I have going into Thanksgiving week.  I want to enjoy the holiday and some of my holiday favorites in moderation, not feel totally miserable after because of food.  

After Thanksgiving I think I may change things up.  I'm not sure yet of what I'm going to do enough to really lay it all out here, but I feel like I need a change with what I'm doing to lose weight.  I'm tired of being "stuck" and feeling frustrated.  I don't plan to just "let myself go" because it's a holiday week AT ALL but on the other hand, I don't necessarily believe Thanksgiving week is the best time to start something new for weight loss either.  So.  More to come on that.

Anyway.  The weekend....

I went to the Dr. on Wednesday, got some meds, felt like I was dying the rest of the day, couldn't talk all day Thursday, and Friday morning woke up feeling like a new woman.  I did make it to the gym on Friday and did week 1 day 2 of Couch to 5k.  I felt like my breathing was off which I think was just from being sick.  

Last week we had an extra teenager at my house, one of my older son's best friends spent the week at our house while his parents were away.  I picked up pizza for them on my way home Friday and a salad for me.  We spent most of the evening at my sister's house, then came home to do some puzzles.   This boy NEVER gets tired of doing puzzles, and I swear he can do them faster than me.

I skipped Zumba on Saturday morning because one of my sons had a basketball game and I just didn't feel right about missing it.  It was the right decision,  After that my husband and I took off to do some Christmas shopping all by ourselves.  I had a non-scale victory:

I bought my last heavy winter coat in 2008.  It was a 3x from a plus-size store and fit well at the time.  Currently I can almost fit myself and another person in it, and the feathers were starting to come out...and really I was just sick of looking at it.  I've been looking at coats but procrastinating.  Finally on Saturday I found one I like and ended up buying it..size XL.  It felt REALLY good to find and buy stylish coat that I like without having to go way way out of my way to find one that would fit me.

Saturday night we went to a holiday parade with cousins and if my Christmas spirit wasn't already an 11 on a scale of 10, seeing six little faces light up at the parade would have done it.  So much fun.

Afterward we all went back to my house for some taco soup (Recipe HERE) which I've pretty much lived on since Saturday!  So good.

Sunday I planned to didn't happen.  We went to church and then came home and did some outside chores because the weather was nice...hung some Christmas lights, put our patio table and chairs away for winter, cleaned up the yard, etc.  Then that afternoon we went back to church to help package up Operation Christmas Child boxes into cartons to be shipped (if you aren't familiar with OCC you can read about it here if you are so inclined).  I had a good time putting our box together and I think our whole family had a good time yesterday helping load up the boxes.  It's important to me that our kids know that Christmas isn't JUST about GIVE ME ALL THE THINGS and to spend time helping others.  Blah blah I digress.  

ANYWAY.  I had planned to run after we were done with that, but when we walked outside it was pouring down rain with no sign of letting up.

I totally could have ran anyway, and even got my rain jacket and shoes out, and then said the heck with it and stayed in where it was warm and cozy.  Womp womp.

Happy Thanksgiving week!  Back tomorrow with an update of how my November workout challenge with my friend turned out.

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