100 lb. Club - Anyone else thinking of Thanksgiving?

11-19-2007, 12:27 AM
I have been worrying over Thanksgiving, not wanting to go into that with a bunch of "rules" that I will just break, and not wanting to blow it either. Doing my exercise tonight I realized that the only rule I need to stick to is no sugar...I can't handle sugary things, I get intense cravings for carbs for them and one piece of pie will lead to me picking through leftovers all night long.

But there is no worry, because I feel confident none of the desserts there will be too tempting I can't pass up...and I don't like ham so I always stick to white meat turkey, and there will be lots of veggies there, and I love veggies and always fill my plate with those over mashed potatoes, etc. I think I will be just fine, now that I have really thought about it! I just need to stay away from the desserts...and I may just go out for a walk when they start eating that.


11-19-2007, 12:45 AM
Knowing your triggers is a good thing. Im not at all worried about thanksgiving.. I limit myself at least 351 days out of the year.. lol that is thanksgiving and christmas subtracted and at least one cheat a month lol. I dont know why America has holidays centered around food. Thats probably why we are a fat nation.. we celebrate with gluttony! ha. Anyways.. I know how you are feeling because I feel the same way, Im scared but the rational side of me says that I better do it up because I have had willpower for a long time now and I have been saying * save it for thanksgiving* and thats what I am going to do. If I dont succumb to a something at least once a month.. I will binge.. for days and days. Ive learned that the hard way. It looks like you are opposite to where, if you give in, you will binge. That walk seems like a good idea.

11-19-2007, 12:46 AM
I'll be honest..I'm pretty worried. LOL.

I haven't yet decided how I'll eat, but I'm trying to focus on the day AFTER Thanksgiving...I want to get right up and do my regular exercise, and stay away from leftovers!

11-19-2007, 12:49 AM
I'm not worried at all. Actually not sure what we are doing on the actual Thanksgiving day, we may be staying home and eating a regular meal. We will visit relatives for at least one meal but not sure if it will be Thanksgiving day or another day.

Cuter w Curves
11-19-2007, 02:06 AM
For Thanksgiving and Christmas last year I went for a walk after eating a normal potion of the dinner.

My sweetie did the clear up and I still feel good about having done that.

The walk sounds like a really good idea... But don't beat yourself up too hard if you do indulge more than you might have wanted. Just get back on plan. :hug:

11-19-2007, 07:31 AM
I read something yesterday where the owner of a gym said the day after Thanksgiving is insanely busy! He said it is part of a lot of people's holiday plan to workout early the next morning.

11-19-2007, 08:14 AM
I'm not worried. I plan to workout with lots of intensity this week and to really watch my calories. Then on Thanksgiving we are going to Cracker Barrel where I plan to eat their lovely Thanksgiving meal without guilt and with full enjoyment. On Friday, it's back to working out and hitting the stores to shop till I drop. :)

11-19-2007, 09:42 AM
For Thanksgiving and Christmas last year I went for a walk after eating a normal potion of the dinner.

Now that sounds like a good idea. I hope it's not too chilly. The only problem is.. it's deer hunting season and it's not safe to go for a walk for that week! ahhhh. I think I will help clean up the dishes.. keep my hands busy. Pie and soapy hands don't go well together.

11-19-2007, 10:01 AM
My Thanksgiving plan has several parts:

1. Eat healthy and on plan all week, cutting points (ww) where I can without deprivation

2. The big meal is at my MIL's house, so I intend to get my normal exercise in in the morning before we go, and if the weather's nice I'll get in a good walk right after the dinner mess is cleaned up, while others are gorging on dessert

3. Eat SMART! I love stuffing and never make it so I will have a portion of that, but the normal everyday fattening stuff like mashed potatos I'll pass right by. I can have them any day, so there's no need to have them with my Turkey meal!

11-19-2007, 10:32 AM
I'm not too worried about it. I follow South Beach, so as long as I stay away from the refined carb-y things and sweets, I'll be okay. I plan to have turkey, veggies, sauerkraut, and sweet potatoes, and I volunteered to bring an appetizer and a dessert too, so I will have options there. I think I'll make smoked salmon spread for appetizer and a pumpkin pudding and/or apple crisp sweetened with agave nectar for dessert. I'll just skip the stuffing, mashed potatoes, and gravy, and that won't break my heart. And I will up the exercise and behave the rest of the week. I am close to onederland and my Christmas goal, so I hope those things will motivate me.

Now, the holidays that terrify me are the ones where I'm surrounded by sweet stuff - they are Halloween, Christmas, and Girl Scout cookie sale time. :(

11-19-2007, 12:36 PM
I too am doing the whole *cutting calories* where I can without deprivation so "save" some for thanksgiving, and I have been working out with no days off so that I dont have to worry with workout on turkey day. Dessert is the whole point for me lol. Im making everything so everything is a little healthier than it would be if someone else made the food. Just remember in the grand scheme, its just one day.

11-19-2007, 12:45 PM
I don't really like thanksgiving food with the exception of pie. My problem is all the pre-christmas fudge I make every year. Christmas cookies and fudge are my killers. I haven't decided yet what to do about it.

11-19-2007, 02:33 PM
I'm not too worried about Thanksgiving because usually when I have the day off (which I do) I'm good about fitting in my walking or an exercise class. So, before the parades begin, I will head out for some fresh air and hit the road with my running shoes.

I'm charge of cooking the meal this year so I've planned out a high veggie, low carb menu. We're having the turkey and ham but instead of potatoes I'm making mashed cauliflower, a lower fat (no bacon or fried onion rings) green bean casserole, sauteed spinach. Someone is bringing dessert but I'm fine with that. I may have a small piece and immerse myself in conversation and cleaning.

My main goal is to get my exercise in for the day as well as for the following. I'm also planning on doing a bunch of holiday shopping over the weekend and then on Sunday possibly a 5K.

11-19-2007, 02:48 PM
I'm a little worried about it. I'm not sure what's going to be there, and the powers that be that were planning the event gave it to us to bring the desserts. Specifically, 2 pies. AND, my fiance's mom has solicited me to make fudge. So wow, I just have no idea. I hope there is at least some salad with a light calorie dressing of some kind!

11-19-2007, 05:31 PM
I'm on plan on Thanksgiving, not just because I really want to lose weight over the holidays, but because I've got a pretty sensitive system and I realized that if I ate too much crap that I'd be sick as a dog and spend the next three days dealing with the aftermath.

Off plan for me right now would result in the day after Thanksgiving being renamed National Bowel Cleansing Day.

11-19-2007, 05:38 PM
We are going to my parents to spend 4 days. I follow South Beach and they do as well. I'm not too worried, but I'm trying to be prepared for the temptations. Here are some limits I've set for myself.

-exercise/definately a walk tgiving am and then after dinner too.
-if I really want it, I will have a bite. If it's absolutely delicious, I can have a normal portion. If it isn't fabulous, I won't go beyond the 1 bite.
-drink my water!!

I'm really not a pie eater so dessert won't really be a problem for me. I do really love leftover turkey sandwiches on nasty white bread. I'll sub a half sandwich on ww, no mayo instead.

I'll be anxious to hear how everyone comes out!

11-19-2007, 06:42 PM
We don't celebrate Thanksgiving over here, but as far as 'eating off plan' goes, I just can't do that any more. I can definitely relate to what Robin said.

Yesterday I had a professional development day for work and usually I just take my own lunch to these things. Well... I had my lunch with me, but I had decided to try and eat what they had there, so I could join in more. MISTAKE!!! Things didn't *look* too bad, but once I tasted them they had all sorts of hidden flavours/sauces. The veggies that looked just plain and raw, were actually pickled in something. My stomach pretty much protested from just after lunch, for a number of hours afterwards, and I'm STILL suffering during bathroom breaks.

So, sometimes it is actually a benefit to have spent so long on a lifestyle change. My stomach is now the deciding factor of whether I 'indulge' or not. There are still special foods that I can have if we go out, but they are only special in the fact that I don't cook them at home, and I sometimes have a little more than I usually would. But having a stomach that can't tolerate sauces/fats/creams etc... means that I am not even attracted to that sort of food anymore.

I will certainly be taking my own lunch to future professional development days!

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving, no matter what you are doing.


11-19-2007, 06:58 PM
We had our Canadian Thanksgiving last month, and I thoroughly enjoyed it! it was a Free Meal, not the free week LOL. I could never live without mom's dressing and gravy, so I budgeted for it, did a few extra walks that week, no big deal - was down 3 lbs. for that week too!

Happy Thanksgiving to you guys!

Goddess Jessica
11-19-2007, 07:51 PM
My Thanksgiving Day Plan:

Turkey Day - 5K in the morning, eat a respectable breakfast and lunch. Then, all heck may break loose for dinner. Including excessive drinking. We're making a goose - which is sinfully delicious and very fatty. I can't wait! :)

Exercise everyday this week:
M, W, S, S - spin class
Tuesday - Dance
Thursday - Charity 5K Walk
Friday - Long walk with the dogs.

This way I can mitigate some of the damage for Thursday.
Then, immediately send home leftovers with guests and eat clean again on friday!

Cuter w Curves
11-20-2007, 10:39 AM
I could never live without mom's dressing and gravy,

I once thought like that... Then I went a long time (against my wishes) without them... Till I figured out that Kammut bread makes good stuffing, and potato starch and potato water can make a good gravy. :carrot::D Glad I am not the only one who had some... Though I do make my own. ;)

11-20-2007, 10:47 AM
My program has one day off per month but I'm not even going to use it because my program has a free meal everyday anyway there really isn't a point. I'm just going to stick to my program all day. Then I'm going to sit down and enjoy my dinner, then eat dessert like I do any other day for the past 3 months. Then me and my friends are going to the park and play flag football. I can't wait. Thanksgiving rocks.

11-20-2007, 10:56 AM
I have been worrying since the end of September about the months of October---- My dd birthday and Halloween--- candy and cakes.... November-- Turkey day-- and December-- Winter Solstice , and New years eve.......
Now I don't go over to families homes( it is just my small family of 4 plus to kitties), but I do cook, plus the getting dark early means I am inside more.
For Thursday I am going to exercise, and eat a good breakfast..... steel cut oatmeal and banana and honey, I am making sweet potato pies tomorrow, I usually give some away to friends and neighbors... I put low fat butter and low fat milk in mine..., and I will be using a graham cracker crust this year.. I am planning food, there will be salad for me and roasted veggies, and stuffed spinach portabella mushrooms..... I will probably go over my calorie limit, but with healthy foods. Plus we too go walking after we eat. It just is more helpful for my body( last year we didn't), and I like being near nature.
I can do this.