I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and long weekend. In years’ past I would be bragging about the food, while rubbing my tummy in sorrow wondering what all I need to do in the next few weeks to combat the damage. I felt incredibly blessed with being around all the loved ones, having the warmth of shelter, and the satisfaction of food, however I still had that feeling of blaaaah. It was always because I didnt work out at all during that time and I ate way too much the WHOLE long weekend.
This Thanksgiving holiday was the absolute best its ever been. Of course it helps to have wonderful and incredible people in my life. I know that this has everything to do with why I want to take care of myself and not dive into the gravy bowl and pancit wok that I have year after year to help escape. Im not saying I had a bad life before or that Ive even been through a lot, but as Ive grown with confidence and independence, theres so much more worth fighting for, and that includes my conviction to be healthy- not letting anyone or anything get in the way.
To be brutally honest this is what I had for my Thanksgiving day diet!-1) Toast in the morning with peanutbutter and coffee. A bananna when I got back.
We rushed off to my boyfriend’s family’s dinner and had-1) turkey 2) cranberry sauce 3) sweet potatoes 4) cole slaw 5) mashed potatoes 6) greenbean casserole 7) a sice of pear tart, raspberry pie, and ganache cake from Taylors Bakery
And THEN we went to my familys for dinner and had 1) ham 2) palabok and diniguan (filipino noodle and rice dishes) 3) stuffing 4) mashed sweet potatoes 3) cabbage 4) a pear salad 3) hawaiin macaroni salad 5) pumpkin cheesecake 6) strawberry parfait 7) hershey kiss peanutbutter cookies and 8- my absolute favorite CARROT CAKE
Now hopefully this is proof that I can put it down! Im actually very proud of my ability to eat like a Anthony Bourdain stunt double, only because it makes my discipline appear that much greater…he he. So in attempts to impress you guys, but also just let you know that everyones normal and enjoys a few days a year where they can indulge, and give their mouths a massage of flavors and belly’s a warm comfort blanket. I definitely think its understandable and healthy to experience life’s treasures that come in the form of food, and when it comes to Thanksgiving, well there ya go. The food is just a bit more jam packed than other days.
What helped me NOT feel bad about this was the many things I did the entire weekend and I will list them off for you.
1) Thanksgiving eve– made it a super intense cycling class even though attendance was half full. Had my old soccer coach attend which was super motivating. Planned a birthday dinner with my sister but went to Seasons 52- a restaurant where everything is under 475 calories. If you havent checked it out yet, DO. Its a wonderful healthy way to enjoy a nice night out to eat.
Below are the 200-250 calorie little desserts you could have after your under 475 calorie meal!
2) Thanksgiving morning– ran the hardest 4.5 miles I ever have in my life. Normally Id take it nice and slow, but I decided to make it a maximal effort so I was EXHAUSTED by the end and burned a lot more calories Im sure than if I just doddled along not trying to push myself the way I always do.
Before we ran our little hearts out. Do not mind my scary eyes in this pic- I inherited the ghoulish special effects eyes from my father.
3) Black Friday– woke up and did a 2 hour Turbo Black Friday Class. So fun to have family, friends, and my Y clan there to have fun and sweat it out. It flew by and I burned 1200 calories! I also did not have any more thanksgiving food for the rest of the weekend. Started drinking shakeology to help combat cravings! Had family and friends over to socialize and entertain myself. This was way more fun than diving back into leftovers. I enjoyed talking and playing games over making eating the main entertainment.
Below is one of the many fun actions shots. Below that are the attendees that stuck around long enough for me to capture them in a picture! GREAT JOB!
Having the family all over to my place! With sis and cousins!
With my Ma, Aunt Ro, and Uncle Jeff.
With Papa Bear and my Aunt Cath being silly in the back
4) Saturday- EXHAUSTED. Legs were dead from hard workouts and being on my feet all day. Took the day off to relax, do cleaning, get things in order. Had my shakeology which helped me feel full all day- especially since I didnt work out.
Instead of watching a movie, we moved around a little and went bowling! My high score was 101, whoo hoo…Steve Urkel anyone?
5) Sunday- woke up, tackled a pile of laundry that had been accumulating for weeks, drank my shakeology, had a nice hard workout at the gym (elliptical, treadmill style) and went shopping with a mission! My boyfriend and I celebrated our one year last weekend on our hiking/Jeeping adventure, but I wanted to cook him dinner. It went really well! It was Lighter Baked Macaroni and Cheese, Salmon, Rolls with light butter, Salad and Champagne!
I had a recipe for these skinny cookies and they failed miserably in the oven. Hey, atleast the main course warranted a standing ovation. The failed dessert merely exhisted to point out just how much work I have yet to accomplish in the kitchen.
It was truly a blessed and beautiful weekend. Excited to see all of you this week in classes, or talk with the challengers (shakeology) further through our exclusive facebook group, or through sharing my little world here on this blog. Theres so much to come in the next few months- I promise that if you make your holiday filled with other festive excitements besides food, you will be SO much more satisfied 🙂