Surviving Thanksgiving

So with the holidays coming up, I am struggling to try to manage what I eat.  One of the things I love about the holidays is the food.  There seems to be general trickle of food through the lunch room around the holidays, along with parties.  I would like to think about not gaining 20 pounds for the season so I’m starting to think about how to manage, but also how to enjoy the season.

The first thing I have started is to exercise at least 5 days per week.  I have changed my routine to get up earlier in the morning and walk for 30 minutes.  I have to make sure that doesn’t give me permission to eat more, just because I’m working on exercise.  That’s hard at times, and I have to admit I need to get better at keeping myself on track for this season.

Next, I need to keep track of what I eat.  It’s hard to remember what I have eaten and harder to remember at times I have already had a treat for the day.  So many times I have eaten things I shouldn’t.   This year, I would like to think more about how I eat.  I would like to be able to enjoy the holiday, but in a responsible way.

I don’t know about your family, but the tradition for my family is turkey, stuffing, gravy, and everything else.  Thanksgiving, for us, includes pie.  We have chocolate pie, apple pie, and pumpkin cheesecake (ok not pie but holiday appropriate).  There are also pumpkin bars and other treats.  I love to bake, and getting ready for the holiday is exciting.

Now I have to admit it’s not just about food.  We have a Thanksgiving tradition for the morning that includes cinnamon rolls (ok that’s food) and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.  Now watching the parade doesn’t usually come with a calorie intake, but it does include getting the turkey in the oven and starting the preparations.  Enjoying the day is important, and being with family.

Being able to enjoy Thanksgiving and family is important to me, but doing what’s good for my health is important too.  I would really like to think I can be responsible about enjoying the holiday, within reason, but I know I will need to think about how much I enjoy.  I have talked before about trying to be happy, and working to be healthy.  Over this holiday, I will be focused on both.

Nothing is ever easy.  Things worth having take work.  It’s time for me to start to focus and continue working toward my happily ever after.  So over the holidays I’m hoping to survive without gaining 20 pounds.

For you, I wish you a Thanksgiving that’s all you hope, with family and friends and wonderful food.  As I think about holidays past, I remember the kids table, shopping the day after Thanksgiving, and spending time with family.  I remember times with just my parents and brother and times with extended family.  I remember starting to decorate for Christmas, and enjoying the season.  As the season gets underway, don’t forget to take care of yourself, and keep working toward your happily ever after.