Thursday, November 22, 2012
I think it's time for a little humor...at my own expense. I am writing from my chaise lounge in my office (sounds elegant, but it really isn't. Truth is I have to sit upright with my feet propped up so I don't fall asleep/pass out from L-tryptopan overload.) It's 10pm Thanksgiving night, and I'm probably in the company of many of you who are FULL right now. F-U-L-L. In all caps. I'm talking unbutton the top button of your jeans full. The "I can't believe I ate that much food" kind of full. Guilty as charged. Will these jeans even come off?!
I kept catching myself grazing. Little bite here, taste there....you know what I'm talking about. I was up at 6am and worked my butt off in the kitchen all day. I made a good choice and took a mid-day break to go for a long, fast bike ride (which made me feel a little better about the major grazing that went down.) I don't usually cook elaborate meals, and our family dinners are rare (sad, but true). Our evenings are typically taken up by some kind of sports activity. Mine or theirs. I don't know whether I'm coming or going sometimes. Crazy. Anyway, back to the food. There was a lot of it. And it was all good (because I made it!) lol. (Yes, it's my blog and I can say LOL if I want to!)
Can you tell I'm feeling feisty? I'm hoping that my feistiness will trick my metabolism into full calorie burning mode. Ideally all of the calories I consumed today will be "poof" gone overnight. Wouldn't that be awesome? Here's to hope...
I will say that I took a healthy angle in my cooking. I prepared a lot of clean vegetable dishes. The stuffing (from scratch) was made with homemade corn bread, with cranberries and organic herbs from the garden. Potatoes were simply baked sweet potatoes. Now, my Mom did bring her famous mashed potato casserole, which is rumored to be in the "not healthy angle" category. I didn't let myself touch it. I promise. Really! So the family was able to indulge in some comfort (a.k.a. real food). And since my blog is about honesty, I will admit I strayed when it came to portion control. Oopsy, sorry coach. And I did have a piece of pie. (I promised her I wouldn't). Oopsy again! Honesty is the best policy!
Everyone had a relaxing, fun time. The weather had been beautiful all day, sunny and in the mid-60's. There was laughter, story telling and happiness. This made all of the time spent in the kitchen, and the several hours and 3 dishwasher runs that followed dinner, well worth it.
There is some sadness in my life now (more about this soon), but I have to stay in gratitude. I really do have a lot to be grateful for. Being in gratitude, as I've said before, is the name of the game today. It makes anything tolerable.
I am slightly less "stuffed" (couldn't resist the pun) than when I started writing, so this is good. I am grateful that I am fortunate enough to have enough food at my disposal to obtain that feeling.
I'll be right back into healthy, clean eating tomorrow. Tomorrow also marks the beginning of my 30 day challenge: run every day, go wheat free and dairy free. So if you see me eating a grilled cheese sandwich, you have my permission to remove it from my hands!
Tomorrow is a swim and run day. I just hope I don't waddle when I step onto the pool deck. (Inserting another LOL here) I know one thing....it's going to be one hell of a good swim. Followed by one hell of a good run! Speaking of which, I'm off to make a new playlist to inspire me on my hella good run tomorrow. See you soon!
Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you are as content in your fullness as I am.