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Turkey already?!

21/11/2009

Yep!  For me and my job Turkey Day comes early.  Today is our Community Thanksgiving dinner.  We put this on for the community instead of giving out individual Thanksgiving meal baskets.  It saves us some money and allows the community to come together and enjoy the fellowship.

 

Unfortunately this meant I spent yesterday running around like a chicken turkey with my head cut off.  I cooked and carved two turkeys yesterday, baked 12 pumpkin pies, helped peel and quarter 50 lbs of potatoes, purchased tons of stuff and made lists and checked them twice like Santa… oops wrong holiday.   I don’t think I ever want to see another turkey or pie in my entire life after yesterday.

 

Anyways I’ll be back later and post some pictures of the meal and the people to share with y’all about my fun early Turkey Day.  I just wanted to leave you with some fun Thanksgiving tips I heard at my Weight Watchers meeting over the last two weeks.

 

  1. Get some activity in.  Go for a family Turkey Trot or sign up for a race the morning of so tat you get activity in early.  Or make a post meal walk a new tradition.  It will signal the end of eating for the day and the fresh air is wonderful.
  2. If it is buffet style do a lap first to pick what you want instead of just loading your plate.
  3. Instead of big mounds of potatoes, spread them out a bit to fool your mind into thinking you are eating more.
  4. Make it a goal to be able to still see part of the plate after you serve yourself in order to not over do it.
  5. Make a tasting plate of desserts so you can enjoy them instead of a few full-sized portions.
  6. Remember that Holidays are times to see family and friends and not just food.  Talk to people during the appetizer time to avoid overeating.
  7. Bring healthier dishes to the meal.  Something you will feel comfortable eating but still enjoy.  Shrimp or fruit are great things.
  8. Enjoy the things you normally don’t eat and pass on things you may get on a regular basis.  My grandfather’s stuffing is special but mashed potatoes are kind of boring.
  9. Plan for your weekend meals so that you don’t turn the HoliDAY into a HoliWEEK.  It’s easy to see Black Friday and the weekend as part of the holiday and you are way off track.  Preplanning for those days will help you enjoy Thanksgiving without beating yourself up about overdoing the weekend.
  10. Just enjoy it!  It’s a holiday and have fun.  One day will not kill your healthy lifestyle.

Happy Early Thanksgiving!!!

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. 21/11/2009 10:10 PM

    Wow, that a lot of baking. Hope everything went great!

    • 22/11/2009 9:42 AM

      Everything went great! I’ll have to post the pics this afternoon.

  2. 22/11/2009 5:06 PM

    Congrats again on goal!! Looks like the dinner went really well! 🙂

    • 22/11/2009 10:18 PM

      Thanks Kara! It went well and I was stuffed from the good stuffing 🙂 But it was a nice splurge 🙂

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