I survived Thanksgiving!
Wow! I wasn't quite sure how it would go to try to have the Thanksgiving feast with my extended family and not indulge as I used to. My modus operandi for holiday meals was always this...see how much food I could cram on a plate while trying to make it look like I wasn't taking any more than anyone else. I was brilliant at it, always cleaned the plate, usually had seconds on some things and then when dessert time came I often had a piece of everything. I have read that the average person consumes about 4500 calories in their Thanksgiving meal. I often wonder if I consumed even more than that!
Well, here is how it went. I got a plate, went to the buffet line, got about 3 ounces of white meat, no skin, and a small sliver of ham, took a deviled egg half and some raw veggies; jicama, peppers, celery, and carrots. That is all, no sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, scalloped corn, stuffing, gravy, frog-eye salad (which I made) or pie. And you know what? I was fine. I ate slow, chewed well, enjoyed what I ate and noticed it took me longer to eat than most people with all the goodies. Had good conversations, looked at all the black Friday ads and all in all did just fine. I chose not to feel deprived and really realize it is a choice. Is that cool or what?
So this morning I did something I am pretty sure I have never done in my entire 63+ years on this planet. I got on the scale the day after Thanksgiving! And guess what? I lost a pound! Thank you, Lord, that was a big blessing to me and energized me to look forward to Christmas dinner the same way!