Thursday, November 18, 2010
Turkey Wings Stress
Before I share my notes with you I just wanted you to know that this was a great meeting. It really reminded me of the importance of staying on track during the holidays. Do you know that the average Thanksgiving meal (one meal) is 4,500 calories!?
That is outrageous. As I walking out of the meeting, back to my car, one thought played through my mind over and over again. It is not worth it! A meal like that is good to enjoy, but remember to keep it with in reason. You...me...we are so worth so much more than we give ourselves credit for.
I would encourage each of you to write out step number one (listed below) and decide what you want your goal to be this holiday season. That goal should help to motivate you to keep you on track.
Here is a summary of my Weight Watchers meeting November 16, 2010
We all know how stressful this time of year can be and I am sure that the week of Thanksgiving will be no exception. How do you tend to respond to stress (negative/positive) and how can your response effect your weight loss?
In order to be successful over Thanksgiving there are a few steps that we can follow:
1. Set a goal- Decide what it is that you are wanting to accomplish over the Thanksgiving week. Do you want to lose? Are you okay with a gain? Or are you just hoping to maintain your weight during this trying week? Know what you want before the big day happens.
2. Save your weekly points allowance for turkey day. Earn activity points during the week so you can have extra to use. Might also be wise to eat a light filling snack before lunch. That way as soon as you walk through the door you are not starving and drooling at the mouth.
3. Mentally rehearse how you will respond to your family. Everyone has a family member that is never able to say something nice, a family member that pushes food on you, and a family member who acts as the food police and asks “are you supposed to be eating that?” Decide in advance how you will respond in each of these situations. Mentally rehearse how you will handle the food, where you will sit, how many plates you will go through, how much of your plate will be veggies, how much desert you will have, etc.
4. Have an alternative to eating. Maybe you could wash dishes, play outside with the kids, wrap Christmas presents, play video games/board games, engage in a deep conversation with a family member, go for a walk. Keep your hands busy so that they won’t keep shoveling food into your mouth.
5. Plan activity. Start a flag football game, bring the softball equipment and engage the entire family. Anybody up for twister? Have some way to help you burn off those calories.
6. Learn to roll with the punches. Maybe things didn’t go exactly as you planned, but be willing to be flexible and do the best with what you are given. Remember it is just one meal, you don’t have to stretch it out over the entire weekend!
When you see the turkey, think wings, and think of your stress just flying away. Enjoy the holiday and be thankful for all that you have accomplished on your weight loss journey. Be thankful for your fellow members, for the way you feel, for eating healthier, and hey maybe even smaller clothes.