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11-27-2009, 04:46 AM
Rather than dwell on some of the "oops" we had over the holiday.... what were some of your victories?

Mine: I had not one but two Thanksgiving dinners to attend.. the one I put on, and the one at my mother's house. So, I cooked and slaved and killed myself to make a huge dinner and in the end only had one plate of food, and only went back for one extra serving of rice (I love my grandma's Mexican rice :hungry:). Then, at my mom's, I only had one plate there as well. And, rather than picking at the leftovers all night long, constantly, like I used to..... I've been pretty good and barely have had anything since those plates! Amazing! The funny thing is, with as fast as my metabolism is these days... I already feel like it's gone through my system pretty fast. I don't feel all crazy miserable stuffed like I used to every year. :carrot:

I'll probably have to eat soon, so I'll allow myself one Thanksgiving leftover plate and then call it quits for the year. Anything else that I eat, leftover wise, will be figured into my daily diet properly. :)

While I was FAR from good (I ate an indecent amount of sugar cookies in the past 24 hours).... I was FAR from as bad as I used to be.... so darn it, I consider myself having accomplished a small victory this year. :)

What was YOUR Thanksgiving victory?

11-27-2009, 09:02 AM
I got up and exercised before the feast. That was highly unusual for me. I was going to drink all my water, too, but I only got 24 oz in.

11-27-2009, 12:18 PM
I was able to run an entire 5k without stopping to walk! And for dinner, I only had turkey. None of that stuffing or rolls etc. I did pretty awesome. :)

11-27-2009, 12:18 PM
boy, I was thinking about all the dishes I used to feel like I HAD to include for Tday, even just last year -- stuffing, a sweet potato casserole with a pecan topping, a homemade pie, rolls, etc. This year was more moderate, less work, more relaxed and enjoyable. We went out in the morning and did a couple of things. And I bought a small pumpkin pie. It's gone (we won't be eating pie night after night).

we have leftovers that I'm not worried about.

I did eat more for that meal than I normally would have, I felt too full, ha. but it's ONE meal.

really feels like a victory to me. the times they are a changin'!

11-27-2009, 12:43 PM
Good idea for a topic. For some reason I am feeling bad today... but I am tired. This morning I got a phone call before 6 a.m. and ended up taking my God Mother to the hospital. Long story and I just returned home and it is 10:30.

Yesterday I really did do an awesome job. For some reason I am feeling yucky about eating pie. But I never really did have a plan not too and my pieces were little...2 different kinds to make one whole piece. And holy cow that is so much different than before! I gotta get out of this negative thinking. YIKES. <waving hands saying....go away negative thoughts>

Thanks again for the post idea!! Cathy

11-27-2009, 01:38 PM
Well, if you hadn't started this post I was going to!!!

I feel like I have overcome some major hurdles this year. My down fall usually starts with Halloween and continues through Christmas. 2 holidays sucessfully managed and one to go. This gives me so much hope!!!!

Thanksgiving day was awesome. I too simplified. I had one plate of the food that I enjoy in moderate portions. I sent home some leftovers and we probably have just enough leftover at our house for one meal. There is a little pie leftover but the boys will wipe that out in no time (maybe enough for them to each have one slice).

Cutting back as much as I did, I still realize that I made too much of certain items so I'm making notes for next year.

And the best news of all....drumroll please....I have lost a pound this week! Yep, just weighed myself this morning and I'm down a pound from last week. To be honest my goal was to not put on weight but I can't tell you how thrilled I am to be down a pound! And my MIL noticed that I had lost weight, which was nice too.

All in all, a good day!

11-27-2009, 03:15 PM
First, my family noticed that I had lost weight and I felt good in my clothes.

Food wise, I only had one plate of food and I didn't feel horribly bloated afterward. I baked a sweet potato and brought it with me, so I avoided a lot of the fat and calories from some of the heavier sides. And I'm back OP today :)

11-27-2009, 03:21 PM
On the good side:

I worked out the night before and went for a walk this morning. I felt comfortable in all of the family pictures. I ate no gravy, no rolls and butter, no pie, no whipped cream, and only one helping of dinner.

On the downside, my relatives cooked with SO MUCH BUTTER that I think I underestimated calories and the dinner ended up giving me a stomach ache even without the above listed food.

Day before yesterday was my daughter's birthday too, so I've really not been eating in my usual way, but the HUGE DIFFERENCE in me is that eating stuff that is off-plan or fatty is starting to feel like the punishment. Being able to eat healthy and stay on plan feels so much more comfortable.

That has NEVER been the case for me before. Before, eating healthy always felt like a punishment or deprivation.

I really think I'm developing a new normal.

11-27-2009, 05:16 PM
I was good, too. It's the first Thanksgiving I can remember ever feeling fine after dinner -- not bloated, not overfull, not almost sick with too much consumption! I focused on the turkey, vegetables, salad, limited wine and lots of water. One small sliver of pumpkin pie and I was done. There were lots of tempting things, but I kept clear. And today I'm right back on plan -- which also feels good!

11-27-2009, 06:14 PM
I went for a jog with my 8 year old and 5 year old (it wasn't a serious jog for me but it was a lot of fun!) before eating dinner. :)

11-27-2009, 07:44 PM
In past Thanksgivings, I would have eaten turkey with gravy, mashed potatoes made with whole milk and plenty of butter, lots of stuffing, homemade mac and cheese made with plenty of butter and cheese, and a heaping portion of green bean casserole. I probably would have had at least two generous platefuls of all of those foods, and at least two helpings of dessert.

This year, hubby and I went to Cracker Barrel for lunch, and I had three small slices of white turkey (no skin) with about a 1/4 cup of gravy, a small scoop of stuffing and turnip greens. I noticed they had coca-cola cake on their dessert menu, which I LOVE, the cola makes it super moist, it's chocolately and frosted and served warm. Well, I ordered a slice (I'd factored dessert into my WW points for the day), but I only ate a few bites before I told myself, OK, I've tasted it and enjoyed it, there's no need to eat all of it. So I ended up leaving over half the piece on the plate! That is HUGE for me.

Then hubby and I went for a two-hour bike ride and enjoyed our afternoon before having a sensible dinner of broiled tilapia and steamed cauliflower.

And this morning I weighed in and had lost 1.8 pounds, so I'm very happy!

11-27-2009, 07:50 PM
My victory was also today! Yesterday I brought home left over salad vs desserts or anything else. Tonight I made my dh and I giant salads. I cut up turkey and ham and basically made chef salads. Now folks, I am NOT really a salad eater, so this is major for me. And we commented on how good the different colors of peppers were and the pea pods. I tasted each item! This is big!


11-27-2009, 08:18 PM
I left mashed potatoes on the plate!! :woohoo:

11-27-2009, 11:55 PM
What a fun thread! I stayed on plan yesterday totally. I planned on fitday exactly what I would have, and stuck to it. No seconds at all. I even worked through the few odd looks as I measured out food lol.

Now today I have not been so good. My sil and I ate out for breakfast(I had oatmeal with cranberries and nuts) and then Chinese food for lunch...I was not really prepared and picked broccoli and beef, not as healthy as I would have thought. To top it off, my brother made a chicken noodle casserole for dinner tonight, which I had to have. All in all I had about 2000 calories, that's more than I've eaten in one day since I started this change, and I feel fat and bloated.:(

Thighs Be Gone
11-28-2009, 12:09 AM
I started my day by running 5.5 miles. I enjoyed my meal and I am sure went over on calories but I didn't gorge by any stretch. I had a 1 small piece of tres leches cake and 1 piece of pumpkin pie. I had leftovers (sweet potato casserole and turkey) last night--it was wonderful--snuggled in my bed with my older daughter and watching the tube. Today all the food is GONE! Thrown out or given away. Today my calories were spot on (actually quite a bit under) and I ran 5 miles.

Arctic Mama
11-28-2009, 04:25 AM
Gosh - it's hard to define a victory, because the day had no downside!

I loved the whole day, had a lot of fun, and while I overate, it was one meal. I am right back on track and so happy!

11-28-2009, 10:49 AM
2 MORE victories I forgot to mention... I gave away almost ALL of our leftovers... I could totally pat myself on the back for that one. Although... I do look forward to the day that I can actually give myself a few days off around Thanksgiving to just gain a couple and not sweat it so much... but those days are far, far away.... gotta lose this first. :)

Secondly... weighed myself this morning... didn't gain an OUNCE from thanksgiving. :yikes: I mean... wth? How is that possible??

11-28-2009, 11:24 AM
My daughter's birthday was the day before Thanksgiving, so it was two holidays in a row for me.

Both days I took a few tastes of the sweet treats but was able to stop.

Still down two pounds this week in spite of the holidays!!!

12-01-2009, 10:52 PM
I had a pretty large plate, but only ate half of everything before I was just full. I had a little more desserts than I should (a small slice of pecan pie and some dark chocolate mousse) and did some snacking in the evening, but overall I ate a lot less than I normally do for big family dinners like that, so I am happy. I gained about 2lbs, but I know some of it is water weight, and I'm already starting to go back down again. I feel proud of myself this holiday, and I hope to do even better for Christmas!

12-02-2009, 11:33 AM
My first thought was "didn't run away from home as I was fantasizing about doing". My family is not that bad, I just didn't want to have to cook this year, but I got stuck with it again.

However, I exercised every day (including T'day--which may explain why I was able to accomplish above victory!) and I didn't gain. That's enough, I think.

12-02-2009, 12:31 PM
BeverlyJoy made a posting about momentum in another thread. That helped me realize that the most important Thanksgiving victory for me was keeping the momentum going. The holidays usually stop any momentum that I have and often start me going in the opposite direction. I kept the momentum going through the Thanksgiving week and now, ON TO CHRISTMAS!!

12-02-2009, 04:36 PM
I ate dinner and dessert. Didn't overstuff myself and was pleasantly surprised when I weighed the next day to to have lost a 1/2 pound instead of gaining like I normally do!