In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I am going to reflect about everything I have to be thankful for. I also need to keep in mind how not to let the holiday get of control by overeating and as a result, feeling awful. Luckily my gym is open on Thanksgiving Day and I will be able to burn off some calories before the big meal. One thing for sure is that there will be no leftovers. I don't want to deprive my family of a full fledged Thanksgiving feast, so a holiday buffet is our plan for the evening. I know my husband and children will not want to miss out on dessert, however the idea of baking goodies when I am unable to eat them myself is too much! We have never been to this Thanksgiving buffet before, but we have gone to the Mothers Day brunch. I know they spare no expense at the dessert table, so my family will be able to enjoy all the sweets and goodies to their hearts content.
I have many reasons to be thankful this year. I have a supportive family and many caring friends. I am fortunate to be in good health and that I have the energy to stay active in my daily life. I feel great, and I have no reason to not celebrate life. Ofcourse life has its ups and downs, but I realize how many blessings I have in my life.
After stuffing yourself on turkey day, here are some thoughts on how to burn off or reduce excess calories-
- Take a long walk after the big meal.
- Put on some music and dance around the living room with friends and family.
- Try jumping rope, this burns off about 11 calories per minute.
- Go easy on the Eggnog, this has about 343 calories for a 1 cup serving.
- Choose pumpkin pie instead of pecan pie, this saves about 380 calories for 1 serving.
- Play a fun game of touch football with friends and family.
- Give some of the dessert leftovers to your dinner guests to share the joy.
- Take a bike ride if you are fortunate enough to have nice weather.