It’s the end of November, so it would be reasonable to assume that this post is about being sensible at the Thanksgiving dinner table. I should probably cover my bases and make sure you follow these rules:
- Your mashed potatoes serving should be the size of half of your first, not my laundry pile.
- Treat the gooey mac n cheese like you do the dirty dishes. Ignore them.
- Under no circumstance should you add whipped cream to the pumpkin pie.
I want no part in depriving myself on this coming Thursday. To help balance the larger than average amount of delicious calories I am going to consume, I have made a plan to get in a few extra workouts. Here’s how you can too:
- Start a healthy tradition! I’m starting a Fields’ Annual Turkey Trot 5k on Thanksgiving Morning. My family is going to get up and run/walk a 5k on Thanksgiving morning and have a workout done before the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is over.
- Amp up your workouts in the days leading up to Thanksgiving. I usually do two high-intensity workouts a week, but desperate times call for desperate measure. This week I am doing four high-intensity workouts.
- Black Friday shop! Okay kind of joking, but shopping at a leisurely pace burns 200 calories an hour so can you imagine how many calories you would burn shopping at a frenzied pace on Black Friday?!
- Check out a new fitness class with your sister-in-law over the holiday weekend. I have been dying to try a hot yoga class up in Springfield so I signed myself up. It’s family time, shopping time, and sweating time!
The moral of this story, is that it is okay to enjoy yourself this Thanksgiving. Leave the calorie counting behind and make memories. Give thanks for the food on your table, and the people surrounding it. There is time to burn those extra calories before and after the holidays.
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