Happy Turkey Day

It’s Thanksgiving — one of my favorite holidays of the year.  All the good food of Christmas without the hassle of gifts and tinsel and the Little Drummer Boy played so often it feels like he’s pounding on my head.

This is going to be a cheat day of sorts for me.  I will almost certainly not be doing my Lean Eating habit of only drinking non-calorie beverages — I’m pretty sure there’s an adult cocktail in my near future, and if not that, then the wine at dinner will be hard to pass up. And this is where the “ish” of my Primal(ish) experiment comes in.  I’m going to try and load up more on turkey and vegetables, avoid the bread, but I’m not going to forgo stuffing or potatoes or — my favorite — pumpkin pie.  It’s a holiday, right?

Instead of focusing on what I should and shouldn’t be eating, I’m going to concentrate on some of those habits from months long past:  eating slowly and quit shoveling the food in BEFORE I’m full.  Almost always, I’m the first one done eating at any holiday meal — I always thought I just was more skilled and motivated than anyone else — and this year I intend to be one of the last ones done eating.  That’s my goal.  And no second helpings unless it’s turkey or vegetables.

Because I can’t seem to get enough of challenges, I’ve also joined in on a friend’s challenge she has going with her family to run a mile a day from Thanksgiving until New Years.  One mile.  Somewhere between 9 and 15 minutes, depending on how fast I want to run/walk. I certainly can find time in my schedule for that, right?  Worst case, I can always brave the cold and walk/jog the dogs — multitasking at its best!

I hope the holiday finds you happy and healthy and able to sit down after dinner without needed to unbutton your pants.