A few people asked me recently if I would celebrate Thanksgiving with a healthy meal instead of following tradition with a more fattening one.
My response: heck no!
I realize there are nutritionists and health buffs out there who will probably cringe at my post, but I think even some of them can appreciate my reasoning for choosing to stick with the traditional meal my family members have enjoyed for generations.
For more than a year, I worked very hard to lose weight, and I succeeded. I also choose to continue my path of healthy eating, and once a week, I enjoy a “free meal” as opposed to a “free day.” I do so because of my metabolism and age. Although my metabolism is in full swing again, I want to keep things that way.
I have no intention of reverting back to my bad eating and drinking habits.
With that being said, however, because of how hard I work every day, I feel it’s okay to enjoy a holiday without worrying about calories, fat, etc. It’s okay to let my belly loose. Granted, that didn’t mean I gorged myself in turkey and ham. I did well and portioned my meal. I even enjoyed a small piece of pecan pie and drank two glasses of wine; however, I topped those glasses off with lots of water.
I never went back for seconds, and I won’t be gorging myself in leftovers tomorrow either. I enjoyed Thanksgiving like everyone else, but maintained control. Not to mention, I just finished a killer hour workout combining Chalene Extreme with Les Mills Combat. I figure I worked off most of what I ate today.
I’m also not ashamed that I’ll be doing it again for Christmas. There’s no way I’m not making tamales and not eating them for Christmas. But again, I’ll make sure I’m not going up a size by the time all is said and done.
Overall, I’m a firm believer that every now and then it’s okay to enjoy life without stressing about scales and measurements. I’m also a firm believer that, if you work hard, you deserve a small break every now and then, as long as you don’t lose sight of what’s important: living healthy.