Well, the truth is, you probably will eat more than you usually do on Thursdays, but it doesn’t have to be a gorge fest.
For a long time, my annual fall weight gain plan was to start on Halloween, gain a few pounds eating my kids’ candy. By Thanksgiving, I would “know for sure” that I couldn’t take off weight at this time of the year. Because of this fact, the only logical and obvious thing to do would be add a few more pounds, then stabilize until Christmas. Celebrating the birth of the Christ was surely meant to be time to add a few more pounds. Then January, start a strict diet. That diet would last anywhere from a few hours to a few days, and then I’d back to normal, feeling defeated and frustrated.
Those are now only slightly painful memories.
I don’t think fall and winter is the best time to lose weight, but I know for sure you don’t have to gain weight. Or, in other words, the possible 2 pounds extra from Thanksgiving will be gone in one week. For sure. That’s the way I live.
The thing is, you can decide how you’re going to handle the feast.
Some people I know are bringing super-healthy vegetable dishes to Thanksgiving.
My sister and one of my daughters are running a 5 K that morning.
(This painting reflects my feelings about running a 5 K Thursday morning.)
At my house we’re eating lots of soup and salad this week. I’ll only swim once this week, but I’ll get back to twice a week after Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving is a great time to share, and enjoy delicious food. Enjoy every bite with awareness of the gift that we have to be with family and friends on this occasion.
It’s a great opportunity to practice gaining clarity in your life.