Plan Ahead – Are you the host? That means YOU control the menu. Include a fresh green salad on the menu, a few extra veggie sides, maybe even a lighter dessert option. If you are heading to someone else’s home for Thanksgiving, talk to the host and offer to bring something for the meal (and then choose a dish that fits within your goals).
Be Active – Get up early and push “play” on your workout. If there is a Turkey Trot or other race in your area, sign up and participate! Go for a walk after the big meal. If it’s a nice day, get outside with your friends and family!
Eat what you LOVE – Leave the rest (or just eat a little, if you don’t want to upset a loved one). Save your calories for the food you really enjoy.
Drink up – By this, I mean water, not soda or alcohol! Aim to drink 1/2 your body weight in water throughout the day.
Veggie Power – Fill half your plate with vegetables. Watch out for veggies covered in sauces, oils or sugar. And put your veggies on your plate with your turkey (or other protein) before you scoop up any side dishes. This will help limit the portions of the higher carb foods and fill up on the healthier options.
Don’t Go Hungry – Often we skip other meals so we can save up for the main meal. Plan ahead so that you have an easy and healthy option ready for breakfast and lunch.
Give Yourself Grace – One meal on one day of the year is not going to derail your goals. Be mindful of your portions; enjoy being with friends and family; savor every bite and enjoy your favorite foods. Set a goal to get back to your normal eating routine on Friday.
The Fx of weight loss…it’s the missing component in most programs. It’s a factor that could determine your success or failure. What am I talking about? It’s the “friend effect” – let me explain.
I ran a race this past weekend. I hadn’t trained for it, and considered dropping out. But I had signed up with a friend, and I didn’t want to let her down. This was the first race I have ever run WITH a friend. I’ve signed up for other races where friends have been running…but they were in other waves or finished earlier or later than me. I’ll be honest and say it is kinda lonely at the finish line when it’s just me and my medal and thousands of people I don’t know. Even though I have just crossed the finish line and am thrilled to have met a personal goal, there’s no one with which to celebrate. Yes, I can stand around and watch for people I may know…but there’s something different about being on this journey WITH someone. The 10K I did this past weekend was different. I did have a friend to celebrate with me at the finish line. Maybe we didn’t set a personal record for our time but we did the race together and that made this race experience my BEST one to date.
I see the same “Fx” in my challenge groups. Women coming together, cheering each other on, sharing their ups and downs and helping motivate one another. We are made to live in community with one another, to be on this journey of life together. I say it often and I mean it, this journey is more fun with friends. But it’s more than that. It’s that extra push to keep you going. It’s the reassurance on the tough days that we are in this together. It’s the motivation to keep showing up so you don’t disappoint your friend.
Do you need more “Fx” in your journey? Would you consider joining me and being part of one of my challenge groups? I have a new group starting soon and would love to share more details with you. Leave a comment or send me a message using this contact form today!