How I recover from the feast!
I hope you had a fabulous Thanksgiving! I certainly did. Spending time with my family and enjoying a delicious meal together makes the day so special. Like most people, (OK, everyone I know) I splurged on the pie, the extra glass of wine, and enjoyed a huge serving of mashed potatoes drowned in gravy. Thanksgiving is one of my most looked forward to meals of the year; you didn't think I would pass up all that deliciousness did you?
Today is all about recovery. Yes, the food coma, wine and travel makes today the perfect day to lounge around and eat leftovers, but I know if I don't get back on track today, the days will quickly slip by and before I know it, Monday will be here. I certainly don't want to bring a couple extra pounds and lingering fatigue into a new week. So, today is the day I bounce back from my holiday binge.
I am still visiting my sons and granddaughter and I am definitely not going to give up much of my time with them to get in a workout, but that doesn't mean I am going to miss working out either. I know I can squeeze in an hour somewhere throughout the day.
Since I consider Thanksgiving my carb-loading day, I am going to stick to lean protein and veggies for most of my meals today. But who can resist that day-after turkey sandwich? Not me! A low-carb bread will be the base so I can still have that sandwich while keeping the carbs low. Sure, I could have a lettuce wrap, but it's just not a lettuce wrap kind of day!
A power packed smoothie starts my morning. I filled it up with berries, spinach, chia seeds and flax for an energizing breakfast that won't weigh me down. A snack of hard boiled eggs and some nuts will prevent me from munching on the remaining appetizers. And dinner will be a spinach salad with apples, celery, walnuts, goat cheese, and chicken.
Some herbal tea throughout the day will keep me hydrated and energized and help keep my sweet tooth in check. There is plenty of leftover pie after all, and it would be easy to dive right in. I know my water intake was low yesterday (had to leave room for wine!), so today I will consciously drink water and herbal tea to rehydrate, knowing that even moderate dehydration can leave me fatigued.
A long, brisk walk will get my body moving and blood flowing. If you have a busy day planned, a short HIIT program can be finished in less than 30 minutes.
I am also going to make time to do some yoga; it's the perfect day to take some time to reflect and my body can certainly use the movement to stretch my muscles and speed up my sluggish digestive system that had to work overtime yesterday! If yoga is not your thing, or your day is packed with black Friday shopping, some simple stretching will give you similar benefits.
No shopping for me today, but I do plan on enjoying the day with my family. I may still splurge a bit, but only a little and only on something I truly want. It's too easy to mindlessly much on leftovers without even realizing how much you are eating and how it tastes. Be intentional today - monitor your portion size, take time to actually taste each bite, and be satisfied with enough.
I am going to practice some self-care today as a way to bounce back from the binge, but mostly I am going to spend it full of gratitude. I had a beautiful day yesterday and was blessed to have the time enjoy an abundant and delicious meal with my family. Both sons are home after a busy year of deployment and my granddaughter celebrated her very first Thanksgiving. I am truly blessed!
And, knowing that I am truly blessed, I understand the importance staying active, eating right, and paying attention to my health. I have so much to be thankful for and want to live well and live fully each and every day.
Grateful Thankful Blessed
So thankful for you taking the time to read this - may you have a blessed and beautiful day, today and every day!
For the Health of It!