It's over. My fridge is still full of leftovers, but Thanksgiving has come and gone. My pants are tight. Really. Well, maybe uncomfortably snug is more accurate. Either way they don't fit properly.
My mom's birthday yesterday rounded out the week's festivities. We had spaghetti (not even whole wheat), meatballs, salad, and The Worlds Greatest Chocolate Cake. It was amazing. I sent the cake leftovers off into the world and so begins (re-begins, continues, whatever) eating like a normal person.
This is going to be a week of major T-Day atonement. I just ate a banana covered with half a cup of plain Greek yogurt and a little bit of honey for breakfast. It was delicious, don't get me wrong, but I'll tell you what it wasn't: pumpkin pie.
Thanksgiving is just the beginning, particularly for my family. My mom, Nelson, and Miles all have birthdays between Turkey Day and Christmas, and my brother-in-law's birthday is between Christmas and New Year's Eve. That's a lot of celebrating. A lot of cake.
So, here's where I try to come up with strategies to not gain weight over the holidays. I already blew Thanksgiving, but I'm determined to be on top of things! The main thing I'll be trying to keep in mind is all things in moderation. Yes, I can have a piece of pumpkin pike. One piece. Mashed potatoes are fine, but not a whole plateful, covered in gravy. Wine is a great addition to a holiday meal. A glass or two. Not an entire bottle. Just say no to egg nog.
What are your tricks to keep it lean (or at least lean-ish) during the holidays? I'd hate to have to ask Santa for bigger pants.