Posts tagged ‘#thanksgiving’

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

We’ve now come to probably my favorite time of year–like seriously, my favorite time of year! I know, I know. You’re probably all thinking, “oh dear night, she’s one of THEM.” And….you’d be right 😛

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Okay so yes, I do listen to Christmas music in October, and dream about all the food at Thanksgiving, and know for a fact that I’m going to be ridiculously busy until January 1st–but I wouldn’t have it any other way. (I’ll quote a movie here) There are some people who look at the holidays as the worst time of year. That their favorite day is December 26th. But that’s the saddest day for me.

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I had to wonder why I’m such a holiday nut? (Or probably more, a Christmas nut) Why are the holidays so special to me? I think the main reason the holidays are so special to me, is because there is still a mystery to me about the holidays. There is still a bit of childish wonder that just makes me so happy and gives me a warm feeling all over.

Growing up, our parents always made Thanksgiving and Christmas feel special. Family gatherings on both sides were filled with love, family, and amazing food. We would watch the Macy Day Parade’s, football, and Christmas movies. Every Black Friday, my mom, brother, and I would put up all the Christmas lights. Dad and David would put up the house lights and the star on the manager. And when it was dark, I would watch in wonder, as the house was flooded in different colored lights.

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So maybe having a good family experience at the holidays helped with my love for the season. But a lot of people grow out of that. I think, however, that with how the world is right now—maybe having some childlike wonder isn’t a bad thing. Seeing the world how we did when we were kids, and let the magic of the season bring the mystery of it to life. Remembering that the holidays are not a time to despair and be grumpy about; but instead, reaching into us and finding what the holidays really mean to us. So some advice from me—a person who got these and who’s life is better for it, and can’t wait to share it with my man and kids when that time comes:

Return to that childlike wonder.

Remember the real reason for the season.

Embrace your inner child and don’t be afraid to dream and be amazed.

Don’t try to solve every problem.

Make a snow angel.

Drink hot coco.

Make Christmas cookies.

Eat pumpkin pie.

Play with your cousins.

If you got kids, spend time with them.

Get off the electronics.

Trim the tree together.

Drive everyone around the neighborhood to look at lights.

Hug your grandparent’s necks.

Forgive someone who’s hurt you.

Love on those around you.

Don’t yell at fellow shoppers.

Pay it forward.

Don’t tell kids Santa isn’t real.

Watch sappy Christmas romance movies.

Read a book.

Turn off all the lights and just leave on the tree.

Snuggle up with someone you love.

Create memories!

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Weight Loss Wednesday: 2 New Recipes and the Thanksgiving Aftermath

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IT’S FINALLY CHRISTMAS!!!!!!! How did everyone do over Thanksgiving? I’ve heard amazing things from many friends, some actually lost weight (which….made me slightly jealous….) some didn’t gain anything, and me–Saturday at the Elder’s didn’t end as badly as I thought. Sunday I was going to do a “Sunday Seasonings” and talk about some other recipes that I made and then what to do in the aftermath of Thanksgiving, but due to driving back to Denver and trying to deal with the death of a friend, I just couldn’t do it. So I’m going to kind of mash it all into one.

2 new recipes: so the week before Thanksgiving break, I made a Southwest Chicken Salad and then a recipe I saw on Rachel Ray.

The Southwest Chicken Salad was a new experience for me with the “increase my calories” salad. Usually my salads are very low in calories, (even with everything in them), but this salad was 208 calories for this whole bowl. And I loved every minute of eating it–while watching the Chew with the roommates. My recipe looked like this:

  • 1.00 cup romaine lettuce
  • 1 Tbsp sweet corn
  • 2 Tbsp Green Onions
  • 2 Tbsp Canned Black Beans
  • 0.88 oz., Roma tomato (I used half of a little one)
  • 3 oz, Boneless/skinless Chicken Breast
  • 1/4 oz(28g), Mild Cheddar Cheese
  • 1-2 Tablespoons, Light Fiesta Salsa Ranch Dressing

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Here it is before and then halfway through. Look at all that goodness. And yes, it tasted as good as it looked.

The other recipe that I tried was Kristie Alley’s Parmesan Chicken. I might have to try this one with the full recipe, because I don’t know if it’s just caused I did it for one–but I didn’t really care for it……might have also been the mustard. So I’ll have to try again but you should try it and see what you think.

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http://www.rachaelrayshow.com/recipe/17836_Kirstie_Alley_Parmesan_Chicken_and_Veggies/

Ok, so now that Thanksgiving done, I have to say that I think I followed through with the plan I talked about pretty well…….kind of. I did attack the desserts, but I feel like I went for the healthier stuff more then anything. Ate a lot of veggies, only had my one plate of food and dessert during lunch, and I didn’t munch all day till I ate again at 5. I then went home and did some Rockin’ Body Disco Fever dancing and that probably helped a bit. But I have to say that I truly just sat with my family, enjoyed good food, played games, watched football, and just enjoyed being able to be with my whole family.

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My cousin/sister Hayleigh             I love my family time (they all cute)               Our games get pretty intense y’all

Surviving the Thanksgiving Aftermath–> this can work even for Christmas, but Christmas will be different because there are a LOT more sweets involved, but here’s some good advice that I had to take in order to survive my first Thanksgiving while truly working on weight loss.

1) Don’t beat yourself up

This is a hard concept for me still, you can ask my mom as I through a fit as I went into the Elder Thanksgiving at 153.6. I had gained 2 pounds in 2 days without eating really anything, so I was upset. But when I got to the grandparents, and I ate what I did–I just said you know…..maybe this will help me get over any hump I might be at. Yes, I was trying not to gain weight, but hey–it’s about good food and family. So you might gain a few pounds and end up at 156 or 160, but you can lose it just like you did before. As I attacked those desserts a bit more then I should have, I stopped beating myself up–but I did also stop myself a lot when I wanted sweets, and instead turned to veggies. What I’m trying to say, you’ll bing–just get over it and move on.

2) Do some sort of exercise afterwards

Get your cardio up. At my grandparent’s, most of my cousins and I sit downstairs to eat. This means that we have to go up and down when we want to get food. (This probably also helped because it kept me downstairs, away from the food, and I ran those boys every time I did go up.) But even with running stairs, and getting chased by my baby cousin a bit, I went home and did a good dance workout to get my cardio in. This also helped take off my mind that I had a few more sweets then I wanted too 😉 😛

3) Don’t weigh the day after

Like I’ve mentioned before, sometimes that scale can be a cursed thing. There will come a day when I will only step on that thing once a week or once every who-haw week, but until I get toned, have a flat stomach, and get to my finished weight–I still need the scale. However, after days you bing heavily, don’t weigh. It’s only going to make you upset and then go against the first thing I told you not to do–you’ll start beating yourself up. I had a drive to Denver on Sunday and so I just made sure that I didn’t eat any carbs (breads and such), made sure to eat veggies, had lots of protein, and just ate much lower. I also did another dance workout Sunday.

4) Do a cleanse

These past three days I’ve done a “3 day cleanse”. Basically following the 3 Day slim down that Rockin’ Body talks about, so I have a smoothie for breakfast, an apple or celery with peanut butter for my morning snack, a smoothie or protein bar for lunch, a protein shake (with water) or something small for my afternoon snack, and then a salad for supper. During this I also drink lots and lots of water and then green or detox tea through out the day. I’ll see what my final results will be tomorrow, before I go back to eating “real” food again. 😛

But that’s all I got for this Weight loss Wednesday. My brain is almost fried from school—(I HAVE A WEEK LEFT!!!!!!!!!) And due to other things that happened over break, I’m just emotionally drained. I’ll be back Friday if I can and let you know how my “Thanksgiving Recovery/preparing for Christmas” is going.

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That in mind, this is the Farmer’s Daughter signing off!! Wish me luck on finals–I’m going to need it 😉

Weight Loss Wednesday: Surviving Thanksgiving

I have to say that I think the holidays are officially here! This makes me excited, but at the same time–for those of us who are trying to lose weight the holidays can be a bit unnerving and stressful. Or that could just be me. 😛 I finally got to come home after 4 months in the city, and let me tell you, it’s SO AMAZING–I don’t think Dad and Mom are going to be able to get me back in my car to head back (HAHAHA). I had this whole plan about what I was going to do when I got home as too not destroy 4 months worth of work–yeah that went up in smoke when I saw the cookies at my best friend’s bridal shower.

Needed him at the shower 😛

So I gained weight. This kind of depressed me because the fact I went from 149.6 to 151.8 and THEN I had the Scholz Thanksgiving the next day. I was upset with myself because I knew that I would have been fine if I hadn’t indulged myself in so many cookies the day before. My mom actually brought up a very good point: there’s a difference between good calories and bad calories (bad calories meaning sugar). I have a massive sweet tooth, and with one more Thanksgiving meal coming up on Saturday–I have given myself some tips. (I also found them online, but I’m adding some of my own).

1) Workout the morning before and eat a good high protein breakfast.

I’m going to be doing a tough workout the morning before we go. Some study I read said that people who worked out in the morning were more likely to be mindful of what they ate throughout the day. I’m also having a Greek yogurt parfait with tart cherries for breakfast in order to get my protein fill and kick start my metabolism.

2) Drink some apple cider vinegar before the meal

I was talking to a woman from my church who has dropped an AMAZING amount of weight, (SO SO SO SO proud of her!) and she reminded me of drinking ACV before every meal. I was only doing this once a day, but after the fiasco of my 2 pound weight gain, (gosh I sound pathetic), I decided to put this back in. So this whole week I have made 24 oz of water with 6 Tbsp ACV, a dash of chili powder and paprika (actually more then a dash, about 2 tsp of cayenne so…..to your taste I guess and I had to use these because mom doesn’t have cayenne at home), cinnamon, 3 Tbsp lemon juice, 2 second squeeze clover honey, and some stevia in the raw. I drink this about 30 minutes before each meal and so far it’s working nicely. Also drink some water just before eating, that way you’re just a bit fuller when you go for the food

3) You only get 1 plate. Repeat–NO SECONDS!!

This rule is especially hard for me, but I did it at the Scholz Thanksgiving on Sunday and you know what–I was fine. I know that with these type of holidays most people say that you should, “gobble till you wobble”. But here’s the thing. I filled my plate up with everything that I wanted, but only small portions of each (maybe 2-3 bites). Then I sat down and I actually sat down and slowly ate the food. I actually forced myself to eat slowly and enjoy each bite. This might sound strange to you, but ever since grade school, it always seems like I have to wolf down my food–this is bad not only for your waist line because you eat more, but also for your digestion. Sit down, enjoy your food, and you only get one plate. Which leads me to #4–>

4) Eat the things you only get once (or twice if you count Christmas) a year

With our family (at least the Elder’s) it’s all about the green bean casserole. The Scholz’s, homemade chicken and noodle (though we didn’t have it this year). The Harden’s, all about that bake mac and cheese. With all this delicious food, make sure you get the stuff that you only get once or twice a year. But make sure that you make protein your top priority! So I made my plate with small portions of all everything I liked, and believe it or not–I got full off of all of it. Of course, not full enough to skip dessert…..

5) 1 plate (probably a bit smaller) of dessert

Even though I am giving myself these rules, this one I’m worried about because I have a MAJOR sweet tooth. So with this one, I am going to have to watch myself. Just like the food, take small portions of things that disappear fast, and then whatever else. But I’m going to have to watch it. I might take things that disappear fast and then walk away and save the other until later in the day. Since our food sits out all day

6) Get up and do something after eating

Go outside and take a brisk walk around the yard, or if it’s nice get some sort of game going with your family. Play with the little ones, but do something to get your heart rate going after eating.

7) I was going to say something about munching here

I’m going to have to tell you how Saturday goes, but I’m going to have to be very mindful about munching and grazing throughout the day considering that we leave the food out. But because of health issues with my family, there will be a lot of salads, veggies, and fruits–so I’ll have to hit those. But even those need to be eaten in moderation. But I’ll have to watch it because I need to eat to be satisfied, not gobble till I wobble.

8) most importantly–ENJOY YOUR TIME WITH FAMILY!!!!

This is the whole point of the holiday, when it boils down to it enjoy your family time! When you enjoy your family, you’ll forget about food. Love each other, talk with each other, make amends, make memories, laugh, sing, and enjoy the time you have, because you never how much time you have left with each other.

Hope you guys like these tips, and I hope they help. I know that I’m going to have to follow them closely and be mindful–but #8 to me is the most important to me, and that’s what I’m going to focus on. (Just no grazing for me 😛 ) And I’ll be back on Friday to give some thoughts about what to do the day AFTER a fest like Thanksgiving.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!!

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