My friend Bonnie was here visiting until this morning, and she was great coming to my Saturday morning meeting with me. She didn't have to, she could of stayed at the house relaxing and stitching. Thanks for coming along Bonnie!
Thanksgiving in both Canada and the U.S is the start of the feeding frenzy! Once this holiday passes we start rolling right onto the next eating holiday, Christmas. Which really isn't a day of eating but easily turns into a week of eating. These lessons for this holiday can very easily be applied to any of our eating holidays (Christmas, New Year's, and Easter to name a few).
At this time of year you need to focus on your plan of attack. My regular meeting leader (Tuesday) always tells us at this time of year that we have three choices:
- You can loose weight.
- You can maintain.
- You can gain weight.
To be able to loose weight or maintain, take a moment and think about your old habits PWW (Pre Weight Watchers). How did you feel after eating that meal on Thanksgiving?
- Guilty for all you ate?
- Getting stuck it the guilt cycle and just keep eating?
Those who don't remember the past are condemned to repeat it.Remember that YOU are in control, no one is force feeding you... no one is making you have that heaping helping of stuffing or that huge wedge of pie!
- Know what foods help you and what foods don't (what food starts you eating uncontrollably?)
- Focus on what stuffed feels like and use it to imagine your success at not feeling that way when you're done eating
- Focus on the day and its meaning, not the food
- What are you thankful for? Your body is thankful for you being healthy!
- My personal strategy is to divide your plate into 1/4's. Have 1/4 protein, 1/4 carb (rice/roll/potato and I rarely have 2 carbs at one meal), 1/2 plate veggies, veggies, veggies!
- Vegetables are filling foods, pile these high on your plate and eat them first then there won't be as much room (hopefully) for those higher point foods. Feel free to have 2nds of those veggies
- Small portions, my leader actually had a great suggestion, don't let the food touch, make sure you are able to see some of your plate between the different foods you've put on your plate. This is a form of portion control!
- Before the meal have a big glass of water, sometimes I also make sure I've had a small salad or some veggies before heading out to that big meal. You're only setting yourself up for overeating if you go to that meal STARVING!
- The previous point also leads to the idea of skipping meals on the big day... don't skip a meal! Yes, be vigilant I often try to eat low point foods the day of so I have more wiggle room with dinner but I never skip a meal!
- Exercise... earn those activity points!
- If you're the cook, learn how to lighten up your favourite holiday recipes
- Think of mindful eating not middles eating!
- Focus on the people not the food. Its hard to eat when you're talking!
- Don't forget you have your weekly points, be angelic through the week and save them for that meal!
- NO ELASTIC WAISTBANDS, no yoga or sweat pants! Try to wear fitted clothes, these clothes won't expand with your belly and if you start to overeat you will feel it!
I've had friends over visiting until this am and yesterday was such a gorgeous day that I encouraged Bonnie to come out with me for a walk. Not only did we go for a walk, we brought our cameras with us to take some pictures. Sometimes its nicer to go out with a purpose not just to "get some exercise". Here are some shots from our 45 minute walk.
The bikers were out enjoying the great riding day.
Last of the sunflowers
Milkweed seed pods are opening up
Cattle corn, waiting to be harvested