Uh Oh, Thanksgiving Day is Coming…

As turkey day nears, I can’t help but think about all the delicious food that will be made available to me. Thanksgiving Day is the second of the the 4 Big Holidays that are a dieter’s nightmare. I am hoping that I can manage to control myself, especially since it has been so long since I had an old fashioned meal made by my grandma. I think I am going to take this approach: If I eat, I’m going to enjoy what I eat and not beat myself up for it.

There have been times in the last few years when I would try to not eat anything all day so that I could save up my appetite for the big meal, but when the time came I wouldn’t be able to eat much. Maybe I should do that? It would cause my metabolism to slow down, so that’s probably not in my best interest. I am not looking forward to Thursday at all. Not one bit. I’m afraid it may get ugly.


During this time of year my grandma makes some of her best dishes using her over 65 years of cooking experience. She prepares her special rice with beans (arroz con abichuelas), yellow rice (arroz amarillo), brown rice, potato salad with diced apples (ensalada de papas), chicken (pollo giusado), lasagna, turkey, beef, pork, and some pastelitos. My wife is also going to make a mini-feast for us, so that’s going to be delicious. Then there’s the day after where we use the left-overs to make turkey salad and sandwiches. My mouth is watering just thinking of it. We aren’t a big “dessert after the meal” family, but my wife is making some pumpkin pie. I’m actually heading out to buy our turkey in a few minutes, plus some other things we need from Sam’s Club.

I know for a fact that I won’t be able to resist eating at least two plates. Rejecting my grandma’s food is like spitting in her face. Not that that’s why I think I won’t be able to resist, but it does add to it. I managed to weigh myself yesterday (I was happy with the number on the scale) to see what my starting weight for the week was and will weigh myself next Sunday to see if I managed to keep my weight in check. Hopefully I can.

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  1. Good luck with turkey day, I’ve never been able to control my appetite during thanksgiving. Its just too good to pass up on.

  2. SteveNo Gravatar says:

    Turkey day is always rough for me too. It takes so much will power.

  3. JohnNo Gravatar says:

    Dude, just eat well the days before, eat well the days after and eat whatever you want on Thanksgiving day. No diet was ever ruined in a day. Sure you might add on a bit less than a pound of fat, but, so what? You’ve already lost a lot more than that.

    Don’t stress, just take a day off to enjoy and eat. Plus, chances are it will up your metabolism and possibly IMPROVE your weight loss by letting your body think it is okay to start letting go of those calories.

  4. sergeNo Gravatar says:

    Gobble Gobble!
    I am going to pig out, its a cheat day!!!

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