Thanksgiving Hangover: Weight

Posted By: grn | November 22, 2016
Enjoy the memories of a family thanksgiving

Self-indulgence and Thanksgiving – it’s part of life so it is reasonable to expect a setback on your weight loss goals and let that knowledge mitigate your disappointment. Then continue on your diet with the assurance that a special occasion blip doesn’t define your future. Enjoy the memories of a family thanksgiving while carefully planning your next week’s intake.

The turkey has disappeared (or at least it should have by now): roasted and hot, microwaved leftovers, then cold sandwiches and eventually croquettes or thrown into soup.

You hesitantly climb on the scale breathing a long sigh of relief when the dreaded poundage fails to appear. Before you relax and think you got away with it, remember that your sneaky little body is up to its usual tricks.

Yes, Thanksgiving is over. A few days of Spartan eating will make you feel virtuous again that is until you step on the scale and find you’ve gained 5 pounds. “it’s broken” you shriek. “I’ve been so good!”

Remember the holiday feast? Yes, the plates of food, the extra slice of delightful dessert have finally caught up with you as you knew, deep down, that it would. Well, it’s okay, you had a lot to give thanks for at Thanksgiving and were just celebrating.

What to do?

It is about managing expectations. Nothing wrong with Thanksgiving celebrations but expect a setback on your weight loss goals and let that knowledge mitigate your disappointment. Then continue on your diet with the assurance that a special occasion blip on the radar like a Thanksgiving dinner on your radar doesn’t determine your future. So enjoy the memories of a family Thanksgiving while carefully planning your next week’s intake.

Appreciate what you have accomplished so far and avoid loading yourself down with guilt and self-reproach.

Jump back on your program as quickly as possible because (sorry to bring this up now) because while Thanksgiving is done and dusted soon people will be screaming “Merry Christmas” -Christmas is coming and the goose is getting fat.

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