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Rethinking Thanksgiving

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Hello, everyone!

I am only ONE POUND away from my original goal of 136. This will put me at a healthy BMI for the first time in over a decade!!! I've lost 47 pounds since my high weight in 2011; 25 pounds down since February 2013. Disclosure: This hasn't all been a straight-line downward trend, of course. I've gained and lost, gained and lost!

But now that I am in the 130s (can't get used to hearing that!!!) I want to stop all this yoyoing.

This means I have to have a plan for Thanksgiving.

I've been reading all the blogs, articles, and tips for dealing with Thanksgiving, and they are all great. Really! Drink water! Take a healthy dish to pass! Do your workout before the meal! Etc. Etc. Etc.

But the thing that resonated the most with me was a simple question from the Beck Diet Solution blog:


"How do you want to feel when Thanksgiving is over?"

Most of us don't want to feel stuffed, bloated, regretful. Ashamed that we blew it yet again. So we absolutely need to have a plan.

Dr. Beck says: "We remind dieters, that it's not all-or-nothing. It's not as if they can eat every bite of food they want or they can't eat any food that they want; in fact, there is a huge middle ground between these two extremes. While it's true that they may not be able to eat as much of everything they want and still go to bed feeling good that night, it's also true that they can eat reasonable portions, enjoy every bite that they take, and feel really good. "

Another great reminder comes from Amy Layne, who runs DAMY Health Programs:


After giving excellent practical tips & advice, she goes on to say:

"Free yourself to fully enjoy what Holidays are about. Holidays are for time with loved ones to stop our everyday busy-body lives and enjoy each other. It’s not about stuffing yourself full or binge eating. It’s about great conversation, loving and enjoying the people who matter most to you. When you stop obsessing about food or your relationship with food you have all the time in the world to take in these special/important moments. Think less about food this season and more about enjoying the people around you."


This is my goal this Thanksgiving. I want to eat like a thin person, a person who can maintain 137 pounds easily and with grace. I have my plan and I will execute it.

When I think about the past holidays, the Thanksgivings and Christmases Easters and picnics on the 4th of July, I never remember the food. It's the family and the friends and the connections and the children and the love.

It's not about the food. So this year I am going to stick to my true values, the true values of the season, and practice eating well but mindfully. I want to feel proud and good about myself when Thanksgiving is over. That's worth way more than a piece of chocolate pecan pie.

Wishing all of my Sparkfriends a successful, happy Thanksgiving!
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