I did great!!!! I’m full, but not stuffed. Very satisfied. Got lots of exercise today, and ate a little of everything. I’m guessing I had about 2200 – 2300 calories. I had planned for 2000, so I consider being just a hair over a great success. I also can’t believe how easy it was to eat a small amount for breakfast and lunch since I was so busy. I think being the chef for Thanksgiving really helped me eat less (if I was a guest at a more traditional (and more unhealthy) dinner, I’m sure I would have eaten more).
Our guests had a great time and we got lots of compliments on all the foods!
I do feel pretty full and uncomfortable, but I think I’m more full from drinking lots of water than lots of food!! I also did eat most of my calories at one meal, so it’s no wonder I’m full. I’m reallllly thirsty, but other than that, I feel like I just had a big meal, that’s all. Go me!!!
Here’s a recap…………….
Woke up to a drizzle outside – so cozy!! After a small bite of banana and PB, husband and I set out on our run just in time to have the sun poke through the clouds!! It was a wonderful run (despite my aching hamstrings, which took a while to warm up!). 5.3 miles; 450 calories burned. Perfect weather: overcast with bouts of sunshine, 60* and a slight breeze.
Since I’m obviously trying to eat light today, I just had an oatmeal pancake and coffee. Yum! The coffee made me rather jittery and my shoulders did their tension thing. I am giving up caffeinated coffee forever!
Breakfast calories: ~310 (including pre-run banana)
Morning Meal Prep:
We spent the morning prepping for afternoon cooking. Veggies were chopped, ingredients measured, and everything was put in tupperware so it can be dumped right into the recipe when we’re under time pressure.
Kept things simple and light with a smoked salmon sandwich.
And some sliced apple:
Lunch calories: 310.
Of course we spent the afternoon cooking. I went for a 30 minute walk with my mom, sweet! Got in all my required exercise. I was pretty hungry after our walk, but I had a few grapes and a virgin tonic and lime and felt much better to make it until 5pm.
There are a few bites missing of things throughout the day, but I kept an eye on my bites and don’t think I had more than 100 calories of extra bites of things like Brussels sprouts and 1 bite of cornbread.
Afternoon calories (sips of husband’s beer, apple core, grapes, cornbread): ~100.
Virgin Tonic (everyone else had liquor in theirs!)
Here’s our beautiful table….
I assembled the appetizer plate and put it out at 4pm. I only had a few grapes and one piece of cheese. No crackers and I certainly didn’t nibble. Nice!! The guests gobbled it up like turkeys!
Cranberry cheese, crackers, grapes, almonds, apricots:
Vegetables on the grill:
Bleu Cheese Smashed Potatoes:
The most amazing wild rice, mushroom and sourdough dressing (with homemade bread!)
Apple-Bacon Brussels Sprouts:
My cranberry sauce (made with brown sugar…). And in the words of my 21-year-old brother in law “This cranberry sauce is DEE-licious!!! The best I’ve ever had!!”
And our favorite: roasted vegetables:
Carving the turkey!
A little of everything, in moderation of course! I was full about 1/2 way through but kept eating. Was just perfectly full when I was done. Only had a little seconds on the dressing (which I usually hate) and the cranberry sauce, but not enough of either to do damage. Also had exactly 6 oz of wine – go me!!! Dinner calories: ~1,000 (including 6 oz wine).
We cleaned the entire kitchen before eating dessert, so I built up another appetite. I had the exact portions I had planned but they seemed SO SMALL!! I had a few more nibbles of pie, but not a significant amount (although with pie, it’s always significant!). But my initial pieces may have been a bit small, so who knows what my exact calories were! We also had a dessert wine with dessert (duh) and I had my planned 2 oz. I pretty much ate exactly as planned.
My grandmother’s Staffordshire turkey plates:
The pies!! Pecan and Pumpkin Chiffon (so much better than regular pumpkin!)
The table all set up with the turkey plates:
Dessert calories: ~500, including dessert wine.
Happy Thanksgiving to All!!!
Tomorrow is a hike up Crowders Mountain with turkey sandwiches at the top and leftovers for dinner. Can’t wait!