Monday, November 28, 2011 was your turkey day??


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-Last week I challenged you to be good this Thanksgiving....To eat healthy and to get lots of exercise to make up for any extra calories you took on.

You may have noticed the lack of a Thanksgiving post...I totally pulled my back out Tuesday and couldn't move all week. I was so druged up on pain pills and when I wasn't I was such a grouchy pants...that I didn't take ANY PICTURES... NOT ONE.  I feel so bad. I did do well not eating a ton. I stuck to my game plan and was strong!!! However with my back being in so much pain I was not able to get exercise in like I would have liked to. I have not done any form of physical activity since last Monday... AHHH I know..I feel like crap, a big worthless slob. It's awful. My back is feeling better and I plan on getting back in the gym tomorrow morning 5:00am...I have some serious making up to do! 

Last week I posted at Southern Lovely on how to stay healthy during the holiday season. I will share here too!!


1. EAT breakfast
 You may think you are saving up calories for the big dinner, however eating a small meal will give you more control over your appetite. Start the day with a small satisfying breakfast.

-eggs with whole wheat toast
-yogart and granola
-whole-grain cereal with low fat milk.

 This way when it comes time for dinner you will not be starving, resulting in a binge like attitude.

2. Planning the meals
 If you are hosting or just bringing a few dishes you can use lighter ingredients. Focus on less fat, sugars and calories.  

-use sugar substitutes
-try fat free chicken broth
-rather than adding oil in baked goods try using fruit purees
-try plain yogurt or fat-free sour cream in casseroles, creamy dips and mashed potatoes.
-reduce butters and oils wherever possible 

 3. Pick and chose
Thanksgiving/Christmas comes around once a year. It is not practical on skipping your favorites you only see on this special day, however it is practical on skipping things you see all year round. Seriously don't even bother with...

-ice cream
4. Check it out
BEFORE even filling your plate scope out what is there. Pick the things you are just dying to have and take reasonable portions.

 5. Skip the Seconds.
Try to resist the temptation to go back for second helpings. Leftovers are much better the next day. If you limit yourself to one plate then you are less likely to overeat and have more room for dessert.

Choose the Best Bets on the Buffet. Keep in mind that some holiday foods are better choices than others.

-White turkey meat
-plain vegetables
-roasted sweet potatoes
-mashed potatoes
-defatted gravy
-pumpkin pie

Tend to be the best bets because they are lower in fat and calories.

7. Take your time  
Eat slowly. Put your fork down between bites, chew, visit with family. Remember it's not a race to see who can eat the most. Also keep in mind its not attractive to lay on the couch with your pants unbuttoned after dinner.

-Choosing whole grains, fruits, vegetables, broth-based soups, salads, and other foods with lots of water and fiber that will add to the feeling of fullness. 

8.Get Active 
Make fitness a family priority. Start a new tradition...Rather than plopping on the couch with your pants unbuttoned...

-Take a walk early in the day and then again after dinner. After dinner during your walk talk and visit with family.
9.Focus on Family and Friends
I know when you think of Thanksgiving/Christmas one thing that pops into your head is food. At least it does mine, however you should be focusing on family and friends.

10. What to do AFTER 
Sigh of relief, You did good during the big dinner. However now is still important. You went off the diet a little(totally ok). Remember I said it's not practical to skip everything that comes around once a year. 

Get back into gear, going off your diet and feeling bloated is bound to make you lose motivation. The VERY NEXT morning do your workout routine. Go to the gym, do a at-home workout video, take a jog outside. Whatever you're comfortable with DO IT! 

If you hosted or you're the poor collage student in the family so the leftovers are all given to you (me) hehe...  enjoy them the next day but in moderation. Make a healthy soup using turkey/ham or cut it up and eat it on top of a salad with healthy dressing.


DON'T PUNISH YOURSELF. If you didn't do anything I recommended, if you ate WAY TO MUCH, didn't walk and feel like CRAP...DO NOT hate yourself, this will only cause you to sink into a depressed state. Just get your bootie in gear. Like I said do whatever you are comfortable with to burn those calories. You are only human. Love yourself, because yourself is beautiful!

-If you want to check it out on Southern Lovely go HERE...

I also found a few fun Holiday ideas that are healthy you may like to try....(I know I will)


-I hope this week goes better for me! I cant wait to hear how yours went!!:) 
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  1. LOVE your cute holiday veggie trays....must remember them. Coming over from the Sunday Social...maybe you will join me too?

  2. Great tips girl! Have a wonderful day!!

  3. Super, duper smart tips! I probably overindulged way more than I should have now I need to get my butt in gear & start working it off!

  4. You know I love these tips! It's back to working out today, after a busy Thanksgiving weekend!

  5. oh no, hope your back is feeling better!
    good luck this week girl :)

  6. Those are some great ideas for better holiday eating! I'll definitely need to look at those again during Christmas. I totally didn't take any pictures during Thanksgiving either, but it was because we forgot our SD card at home! I'll just have to rely on the in-laws to share theirs. :-)

  7. Oh and so sorry about your back! That's no fun!

  8. I love the cute veggie Christmas trees - must try that soon!! :)


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