100 lb. Club - What is your plan for Thanksgiving?

11-06-2010, 02:29 PM
I am curious about how everyone is dealing with Thanksgiving this year? Are you just going to enjoy it, or are you sticking strictly to your diet?

I am going to my Granny's for Thanksgiving; therefore, I cannot really control how the food is cooked. My plan right now is to double up on my exercise routine from the 21st to the 24th to burn some extra calories. I plan not to go insane with the food. I think I am going to take a small sample of everything I like. And, when I full - that is it. I am not overeating because it is a holiday.

Last year I would have ate all I wanted, regardless of hunger. I think if I double up on exercise that week, and I don't go crazy with the food, then I will be fine. I think I am going to stick with the healthier food choices.

11-06-2010, 02:43 PM
Well for me, Thanksgiving is over since I'm in Canada. However, I dealt with it just like any other day, calories must be counted and within a certain range. I ate very lightly throughout the day, and had a nice serving of dinner at night and a small sliver of pumpkin pie. I felt great, and had a wonderful time, and actually was down a pound the next day! The year before, I would have eaten tons of everything and had gravy on top! I didn't miss that too full feeling, that's for sure! Anyways your plan sounds great!

11-06-2010, 02:44 PM
Well, I was in Mexico for CDN Thanksgiving, so it was a piece of cake! LOL I do have a turkey in the freezer, though, as I missed having it. Since I'm in control, it'll be turkey, stuffing (made with bread, seasonings, potato, onion, and sausage meat), mashed potatoes, and veggies (prob. squash and brussels sprouts). No dessert, mainly because we're not a dessert-y family. I think Canadian Thanksgiving is generally more low-key than the US Thanksgiving?

In your case, your plan sounds good. :)

11-06-2010, 02:55 PM
I've been worried about this very thing. My hubs has told me that I should just relax that day and not go overboard but not be all uptight about my calories, carbs, etc. A month ago, at the beginning of this journey, that sounded like a fine idea. Now the thought of eating anything that might put me over my calorie count for the day is enough to almost send me into a panic attack. It's awful.

A few days ago I tried to plug in numbers for my typical holiday meal and even at "normal" serving sizes it was still WAY too much. Too many calories, carbs, fat, etc. Oy!

I think I'm going to stick to very tiny portions of the things that I like and hopefully I'll be able to keep things under control. :^:

11-06-2010, 03:07 PM
This is something I wrote in a blog recently about this topic:

It got me thinking about how my mom is always saying, "it' just ONCE a year!"

Well, mom, this is what all the little "once a years" add up to:

1.) new years eve drinking
2.) Valentines chocolate (which we have never celebrated, but still, for most people it's a thing.)
3.) st pattys day drinking
4.) Memorial day picnic
5.) Summer vacation (one big block of "excusable" overeating!)
6.) Fourth of July picnic
7.) Labor day picnic
8.)Halloween candy
9.) Thanksgiving feast with all the leftovers that will keep you stuffed for days to come!
10.) Christmas feast, same as above, plus LOTS of holiday candy, drinks, etc

Not to MENTION all of the birthdays I celebrate:

1.) Joeys dad
2.) Joeys mom (don't celebrate my moms bday because they come here for holidays, my parents don't like to come to pgh and I dont' drive so can't go see them. That saves me ONE!)
3.) Joey's bday
4.) My sister's bday
5.) MY bday!
6.) My friend Ron's bday
7.) My friend Angie's bday
+ 8.) Me and Joey's anniversary!

COUNT EM!' EIGHTEEN excuses, for things that only happen ONCE a year to pig out! That evens out to more than once a month. Celebrations, more than once a month? I will tell you what happens:

First, the holiday, the junk, the eating of the junk, then, the leftovers, don't want to waste! the eating of the leftovers. Then, 'getting back on track.' which can take weeks (if I'm lucky, months if I'm not.) Then, if I'm lucky I've lost a few lbs right before the next holiday/celebration aka 'excuse to pig out'! Then, I gain that back.

I can't do this anymore. I can not.

the rest of the blog can be found here: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=37350 62

So, to answer your question, no, I'm not going to let anything slide on Thanksgiving.

I will eat 1500 cals.

I will eat no different than any other day. I will have 8 oz of white meat roasted chicken *no skin* (We don't do turkey, it's just me and the bf this year due to family issues with my fam and we just get a small chicken to roast so there aren't a ton of leftovers.) 1 serv mashed potato and 1 serving stuffing. Everything I eat will fit on the 9 inch plates that we use now, and not only will we each have one serving only of everything, I will not be cooking more than 2 servings of sides, and the rest of the chicken will be cut and put in tupperware before dinner is even served.

For this to all 'work' I may shave 100 cals off breakfast and 100 cals off lunch becasue stuffing is pretty high calorie. But other than that, no serious changes to my day!

11-06-2010, 03:21 PM
For me, the main problem is all the snacking up TO the meal - we are all together as a family, with platters of chips and dips and crackers and cheeses and meats, etc...all before the meal? So I plan to just not snack before the meal and then eat sensibly - a little bit of everything I'd like instead of a full serving. It helps that I'm not really into all the heavy junk - my plate usually has turkey breast, mashed potatoes, green beans, and sweet potatoes on it. Not too terrible!

Nola Celeste
11-06-2010, 04:12 PM
Since I'm zig-zagging my calories and averaging them at 1500 per day, I'm able to take the caloric wallop of Thanksgiving into account. I plan to eat about 2000 calories that day. However, the day will still be on plan--that means heavy on the turkey, asparagus, green beans, and baked sweet potatoes, lighter on the mashed potatoes, stuffing, and rolls.

The big difference won't be at the dinner table, it'll be afterward. I used to be a leftover-hog; not this year. Aside from some pre-portioned turkey for use in salads and atop open-faced sandwiches, those leftovers are all for the rest of my family. I'm skipping the pumpkin pie, too; I never really liked it all that much, but it was "tradition" so I ate it. Well, it's time for a new, pieless tradition!

That's the plan I have in place. There's no reason I can't stick to it--it's plenty generous and it won't necessitate my passing up stuff that everyone else at the table is having. So I guess my answer is, I am going to enjoy it AND I am going to stay strictly on my plan. :)

11-06-2010, 04:42 PM
My goal is just not to be a pig. I probably won't count my calories that day (I don't count rigidly every day anyhow), but I know what healthy, reasonable portions are and I know which dishes to pass on entirely. No drama, no sturm und drang, just - enjoy the special meal, without making a pig of myself.

11-06-2010, 04:59 PM
I'm running a 5K race Thanksgiving morning, so that gives me a little leeway with my calories for the day.

Because I'm eating moderate low-carb, I know I cannot have potatoes and dressing and dinner rolls. So, I'm making Fauxtatoes (mashed cauliflower) to eat instead of the potatoes, forgoing the dinner rolls, and enjoying a small serving of dressing. I'm planning a side of plain green beans for myself, and avoiding the green bean casserole. So, that's my dinner - turkey, dressing, Fauxtatoes, and plain green beans.

And, yes, I will eat pie, because it's the only time of the year that I bake Pear-Cranberry Pie, and I'm going to enjoy every single bite. :D

11-06-2010, 05:15 PM
I'm maintaining right now, and I am planning on eating fairly liberally. For me, it's the "sentimental food" exception: I can always have pumpkin pie, but how many more times can I have my moms?

But I don't celebrate most of the things people make a big deal about. Since I am seeing my family at Thanksgiving, I won't celebrate Xmas, so that will be just another day. I didn't eat anything special for Valentines, Halloween, the 4th of July.

I'm not going to make the day about food--I will just eat the meal--but I'm going to eat for pleasure, not fuel.

11-06-2010, 05:40 PM
Thanksgiving scares the crap out of me this year. It would be bad enough going down to my uncle's house where all of the family will converge and bring enough food to feed the whole army, but since I am trying 30 days as a vegan that means I will be eating vegan during Thanksgiving. I was racking my brain earlier to figure out what dishes down there won't have dairy, eggs, cheese, or meat. Honestly there's very little I can think of that my family will have there that fits into the vegan category. So I think I will be making several dishes and taking them down there myself. That way I know exactly what will be in the food and know that it's safe to eat on a vegan diet. I am not telling my family I am going vegan but just going to let them know that I am fully committed to my weight loss efforts and not going to sabotage it during the holiday meal.

11-06-2010, 07:31 PM
I do not know, but am eating up the above suggestions. ;)

Last year Thanksgiving came a few weeks into my journey. :dizzy: My strategy was drinking a Slim Fast for "brunch" and then nothing else but the big meal. I chose to eat literally 1 tablespoon of everything I wanted and half a roll. I took tiny slivers of a few pie. I estimated my calories to be around 400, but honestly, I was so strict, it could have been 200. I overestimated everything.

This year? I'm much more practiced at this. I think I will practice something similar. I will have a normal breakfast. Snacking will consist only of fruits and veggies. I'll probably eat a tablespoon of everything I want, but I can forgo things like mashed potatoes and rolls.

I host, so I'll be sure to have steamed broccoli, squash, and maybe cranberry sauce with pomegranate.

11-06-2010, 07:39 PM
My plan for right now is to completely stress out over Thanksgiving for the next few weeks :fr::fr::fr: I wish I was kidding, but I'm not. I started stressing out...well, 4 weeks ago, when I started.

11-06-2010, 10:14 PM
My plan is a normal breakfast & lunch,
and then eat 1/2 of what I would normally eat at dinner.
No snacks before or after. Absolutely no seconds. Might have a small dessert ..might not :)

As soon as the guests leave I'm going to lock myself in my bedroom & watch a movie. Under NO circumstance am I going to cruise the kitchen later that night.

11-06-2010, 10:46 PM
I could have sworn that I posted a thing about cottage cheese on this thread, but it's not here, I'm guessing my comp has been wonky so...whatever.

re cottage cheese:

before eating out lately I have been eating a half cup of cottage cheese, this way by the time I get there I'm not starving. To me, a 90 cal 4 grams of fat and 12 (woo!) grams of protein will keep me satisfied more than half of a 2200 cal 64 fat gram appetizer that I'll wolf down before my meal even arrives.

That was just a suggestion about something small to eat a bit before thanksgiving dinner to keep from munching on goodies. :)

11-06-2010, 10:48 PM
I'm hosting this year for the first time, so I'm going to make sure I cook everything the way I've been eating with no extra butter or salt.

My mother-in-law is coming up a day early to bake all the standard family pies.

My rule I usually go by at family picnics or birthday celebrations is to skip the food and eat ONE piece of cake and ONE serving of ice cream. Not a healthy option, but I don't feel like I've missed out :p

This will be my first year on the healthy eating plan for Thanksgiving, and I think I'm just going to go with the "have ONE of whatever I want, and no more. Including ONE piece of desert and no more."

Hopefully that will get me through without binging. I still have "pizza-weakness" with binging so I'm not confident in my mental willpower. Although I heard a guy on a health radio station outside of Pittsburgh when I was driving through it last month talk about how willpower is something that you exercise and it gets stronger throughout all aspects of your life. Like, you'll be able to say "no" to things easier in other parts of your life like work and school, if you practice saying "no" to potato chips! So I have hope I'll get better ^_^

hmmmm! I love the cottage cheese suggestion!

11-07-2010, 12:25 AM
My extended family are in other states, and it is a little easier to control what I eat when it is just us. We will cook some traditional stuff like stuffing, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie and mashed potatoes. And turkey.

I think I will skip mashed potatoes and such that I like (but don't drool for) in favor of a serving of the stuff that I really love like the stuffing and a half slice of pumpkin pie with whipped (real) cream. And be sure not to skip any planned workouts during the Thanksgiving time frame.

11-07-2010, 01:58 AM
I'm going to enjoy Thanksgiving. :) My plan (like others) is to just not eat/pig out the way I normally would. I'm going to have normal portions and have ONE slice of blueberry pie. That's IF we have it. Depending on how the stuffing is cooked depends on if I'll eat it. If it's too mushy, I just can't do it. Turkey, squash, mashed potatoes (with a tiny bit of gravy if it's any good), stuffing, cranberry sauce.

I'll probably have something small for breakfast and wait to have the pie as my evening snack. We have our turkey "dinner" around lunch time, so might have some left over turkey and veggies for dinner. I probably won't add in extra exercise, but I'm sure not skipping it!

11-07-2010, 01:13 PM
My plan for Thanksgiving:

6-7 ounces of turkey, no skin
1/2 c mashed cauliflower (fake potatoes)
1 cup green beans cooked with mushrooms in a sauce of Laughing Cow light cheese

For the rest of the family: rolls, mashed taters & gravy, apple salad, and pies.

I might make some kind of low carb sugar free on plan dessert for myself as well.

11-07-2010, 01:28 PM
I am curious about how everyone is dealing with Thanksgiving this year? Are you just going to enjoy it, or are you sticking strictly to your diet?

Why does it have to be on or the other? :dizzy: One can definitely enjoy Thanksgiving AND stick strictly to their *diet*.

Thanksgiving's an easy one, thanks to that lean, white turkey breast :smug:. And given that right AFTER Thanksgiving is December, yeah, it's a good idea to keep it tight. December is a loaded month.

As for the fixings - there's pumpkin soup, baked sweet potatoes, , roasted acorn squash with cranberries.

Dessert can be baked apples, or an apple crisp or something similar.

11-07-2010, 01:51 PM
I will work in the morning and then come home to make a nice little dinner for me and my sweetie. I'm planning on roasting a turkey breast, making a little dish of stuffing (since it's my favorite!), homemade cranberry chutney, oven roasted veggies (sweet potato, onion, squash, peppers), and gravy (for the boyfriend). We aren't big desert eaters so probably just a nice cup of Chai with some dark chocolate.

11-07-2010, 02:03 PM
We live 1000 miles from family, so it'll be just me, hubby and my granny who lives with us. Hubby wants prime rib, baked potatoes with all the toppings and a veggie tray. I'll eat a small piece of the prime rib and some raw veggies minus the dip. Granny will probably make one of her yummy pecan pies. I may or may not have a small slice. I count calories, so anything I eat will be accounted for in my diary. Nah, just typing that I may eat a piece of pie has changed my mind....I won't eat any pie. I've gone without stuff like that for 6 months and I'm not going to eat it just because it's Thanksgiving.

11-07-2010, 02:18 PM
I'm loving this thread.

For the first time in my life I'm going to treat Thanksgiving like just another day (food wise). I'm going to focus on family and friends and be thankful for that and for finally finding a way to lead a healthy lifestyle.

I'm going to eat breakfast and healthy snacks and lunch, and a small Thanksgiving dinner. I used to not eat all day in order to cram as much potatoes, stuffing and pie in my body...

11-07-2010, 02:27 PM
I'm loving this thread.

For the first time in my life I'm going to treat Thanksgiving like just another day (food wise). I'm going to focus on family and friends and be thankful for that and for finally finding a way to lead a healthy lifestyle.

I'm going to eat breakfast and healthy snacks and lunch, and a small Thanksgiving dinner. I used to not eat all day in order to cram as much potatoes, stuffing and pie in my body...

I love this!!! Good for you. :carrot:

Which just goes to show us that enjoyment and adhering to ones plan are not mutually exclusive.

I used to do the same thing. Not have a real set breakfast and lunch and then eat everything in sight and ... it wasn't pretty... there was pain involved.. and discomfort... and lots of chug a lugging of Mylanta in the middle of the night...

11-07-2010, 02:30 PM
Good point rockinrobin. But, I did not mean it exactly how I had it worded. I meant are you going to adhere strictly to your calorie count or foods strictly on your plan if you are doing low carb or low fat plans. Or, are you going to enjoy foods that might put you over your calorie limit or might not be considered "on plan" normally?

I have been thinking about this some more. I wish I could adhere strictly to my calorie limit, but the only thing I could eat would probably be turkey. My grandmother adds mayo to her mashed potatoes to make them "creamier," and she adds a ton of butter to her green beans. And, her sweet potatoes are always covered in marshmallows, butter, and sugar.

I have to go because I am expected to, and it is really one of the only two times a year I get to see my entire family. So, the only thing I think to do is try to minimize the damage by extra work outs, not over eating, and skipping desserts.

11-08-2010, 12:08 AM
My friend (the same friend who makes deep fried burgers...) is hosting a potluck dinner. I'm planning on eating extremely lightly the day before and day of - probably just a yogurt for breakfast and lunch - and going for a long run the morning before the meal. I'll probably go over my calories, but will plan for minimum damage to the total calorie bank.

11-08-2010, 12:17 AM
this is the season for cheating on our weight loss regimen! anyway just eat the same way since you've been doing it on your diet

11-08-2010, 09:40 AM
While I LOVE Thanksgiving food, I think I'll be okay not giving into food cravings. I've actually done okay before. I'll be watching myself closely, but want to stick to my calorie budget.

What I am worried about is that in order to stick to the budget, I'll have to fill up on stuff like fresh veggies and salads. My family members I'm going to visit will definitely give me a hard time about eating very little of the food and a lot of veggies. That on top of the fact that I was 30-50 lbs heavier when they saw me... makes me nervous about what they'll say.

I've never had to deal with being a lot smaller and having comments about my eating habits on a holiday. Food is a big thing in my family, and they'll tell me "it's just once a year." But I feel better when I stick to my calorie limit.

I guess I'll just have to laugh it off when they give me grief about it (as they'll put their comments into the form of a joke, probably).

11-08-2010, 12:40 PM
I will work in the morning and then come home to make a nice little dinner for me and my sweetie. I'm planning on roasting a turkey breast, making a little dish of stuffing (since it's my favorite!), homemade cranberry chutney, oven roasted veggies (sweet potato, onion, squash, peppers), and gravy (for the boyfriend). We aren't big desert eaters so probably just a nice cup of Chai with some dark chocolate.

That sounds delish! :smug:

11-08-2010, 01:08 PM
I was just thinking about this lastnight. I have decided I'm just going to treat it as any other day. I am going to watch my portions, not eat what I normally wouldn't, and stop when I'm full. I do plan on having a small piece of pumpkin pie for dessert but I have dessert a couple nights a week anyways but it's usually sugar free ice cream or sugar free cookies. We are going to my MIL house and she never had snacks or anything out before we eat so that's a good thing.
I think everyone will do just fine with the up coming holidays. :)

11-08-2010, 01:30 PM
I am NOT freaking about calories... I haven't yet figured out how that whole thing goes, so I am working on visuals (smaller portions, smaller plates, making sure to leave something on the plate) What I am NOT ready for is that since I lost my job in September, I have been doing most of the cooking in my family in order to help out. I don't really know how to cook, so I have been learning. Thanksgiving is going to be a HUGE deal. There will be at least 8 of us, all expecting traditional Thanksgiving dinner.

Now that said, I think I found my saving grace... by way of the Diabetes Forecast magazine. In the November issue, which I just received, there are a bunch of guilt free thanksgiving recipes. I have browsed them, and I plan on following many of them. They look good, sound simple enough, and LUCKILY, since I have started doing the cooking, my family has been looking for healthier, homemade food, so they are up for the changes.

The key for me is going to be portion control, and to limit the tasting/snacking throughout the day cooking. I find that I enjoy cooking when I am not burning something, and for a birthday present, my boyfriends father gave me a set of super sharp chef's knives, so I feel like I am really cooking.
My plan is to exercise consistently for the next two weeks, so that I can feel better about the whole thing.

11-08-2010, 05:23 PM
Thanksgiving is two weeks after my upcoming surgery, and I will still be recovering. Instead of hosting, as usual, we are going to my uncle's for dinner. I've eaten his cooking before and am confident that it will all be too bland to tempt me to overeat. :-)

11-08-2010, 06:24 PM
Eating at in-laws, and if last year is going to end up being the norm, there really won't be any food left for us. Last year everyone was done eating by the time we got there.
I know I will have an off-plan day though, because we are going to see the Harry Potter movie (a tradition for hubby and I! LOVE it!) and we are going to a theater we used to live by and I LOVE their popcorn! I am letting myself splurge because we NEVER go up there. I figure I will try to just stick to turkey and salad for Thanksgiving.

11-08-2010, 08:47 PM
For me Im cooking all the food my Dad and Stepmother are coming Im cooking Turkey, gravy, stuffing, corn, brocelli, biscuits, deviled eggs, and pumpkin pie with lite cool whip I already know Im NOT gonna eat stuffing, deviled eggs, and gravy and I will have a SMALL pieace of pumpkin pie and all my calories WILL be counted for that day and I WILL stay under 1500 calories

11-12-2010, 12:00 PM
Turkey breast,
plain green beans, instead of green bean cassarole
Mashed potatoes for dh,
candied yams for dh, small sweet potato w/cinnamon for me
banana pudding for dh, slice of cranberry sauce for me

Portion control will be my friend.

11-12-2010, 12:33 PM
There have been a few changes made to my plan for thanksgiving dinner (for the better):

6 oz chicken breast (Decided against the roasted chicken since it's just the two of us we really don't see the point in having leftovers at all.)

Also, I am going to bake the chicken, then shred it, season it and mix it with a fat free/lite type gravy and serve over one crescent roll. Also, we will be having half a baked sweet potato with 1 tbls margerine a bit of splenda and some cinnamon and also 1 serv of stuffing (generic stove top).

For dessert we will each have one apple cinnamon fiber one muffin with .5 tbls of margarine.

I was worried about overdoing my carbs and fat, but it's actually 14 grams less of carbs and 15 less grams of fat than I have allotted for myself for any given day! It's also pretty close to my usual ration of 40 30 30. extra protein and a little less fat, so I"m not worried about that at all!

I'm having a smaller breakfast (295 cals, but high protein), and lunch 290 cals (also high protein) to make room for a slightly larger dinner with snacky type dessert!