Tuesday, November 25, 2008


The holiday season is upon us, starting this Thursday with Thanksgiving and continuing through Christmas and New Year's. This is weight gain season for a lot of folks but it doesn't have to be.

Even with the parties, the bigger than usual meals, and the trays of goodies people bring to the office, you don't have to get fat or fatter. You don't have to put on a pound. Just continue with your exercise program and practice moderation in your eating. Gluttony doesn't have to be part of your holidays.

I'm spending Thanksgiving at my mother-in-law's house this year. That means a relish tray, a beef roast, a ham, a turkey, all the fixings and most likely three kinds of pies. I don't eat pork so I can skip the ham but the rest of it is going to be tempting. There will be pumpkin pie, pecan pie, and cherry cheese pie which is kind of like cherry cheesecake only better and it weighs in at approximately a kazillion calories per slice. But it sure is good.

If you read my yesterday's blog, you know I'm not going to skip my workout but I am going to practice moderation in my eating. I used to eat myself sick on Thanksgiving. Then I started to back off and just eat until I was mildly uncomfortable. This year I'm going to show restraint  and eat until almost full and stop. It's going to be difficult but I'm going to do it. I will practice moderation. I've worked hard this last year and I don't want to go backwards even half a step.

Remember, this is Thanksgiving, not Eat Until You Feel Like Puking Day. So give thanks. Enjoy your family and friends. Eat a good meal. In moderation, of course. And if you must have a piece of pie, make it a small one. Skip the whipped cream.


  1. Good for you, do it! You will be so thankful the next day :-) NancyR

  2. Good job of spreading the good word of health and fitness. Keep up the good work by cyberspace brother from a different mother.

    Have a great Thanksgiving Day with your family and friends!

  3. Good post, Charles. I must admit I am as guilty as anyone of going crazy on the holidays. Last few years, I've actually gotten a bit better though.
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. Cheers.

  4. I pigged out, and you know what it was fun!

  5. Caleb, I'm sure it was. I could get by with it when I was your age. I can't anymore. Wait 30 years.

  6. Yeah, well i've got to enjoy myself while i can, and according to you i have 30 years so i will continue to pig out.

  7. I give you an A+ for actually looking up the calories and marking them down. You're right. 1,000 calorie lunches are not generally a part of a weight loss week, but then again, part of what we're learning here is how to be at a healthy weight without being "perfect." Congrats on your non-scale victory!


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