Hi Fit Moms!
I know today can be a tough day to hear me call you a “Fit Mom”. You may feel guilty about what you are cooking, or about what you have already eaten, or soon will eat. I have to be honest with you, I will not be going extra light on my plate on Thanksgiving. But, I have been making sure that I workout this week and not eat crazy all week. Have I been perfect? No way. Never. But, I’ve been exercising, and making pretty good choices most of the time, more about that in a bit.
I have to admit that it’s been a tough week for me. My beautiful grandmother died last week and her funeral is scheduled for this Friday. Plane tickets were so expensive that my brother, sister, daughter, and I decided to drive across country so that we can pay our final respects to Mama Juanita.
As you know traveling on a short or long trip can be tough. Figuring out how to travel healthy can be difficult. It’s tough to exercise when you are on a road trip. Leaving early in the morning from a hotel, and pulling into it late at night can pose a challenge. One good thing I did was to bring a jump rope and some exercise bands. We used these at rest areas for a few minutes here and there. My 6 year old daughter even got into the act. It wasn’t much, but at least it was something! Mom of 2, and fitness expert Michelle Kyman’s post last week called Stepping Out of the Box inspired me to just do something, anything. A few minutes here and there, still add up. So with that inspiration I made sure I moved my body.
Food wise, traveling can be tragic. If you don’t prepare you can go from having lost 3 pounds to gaining it all back and adding some on to it by the time you get home. This is something I do not want to do. So, my sister and I packed healthy snacks to snack on during our 2 1/2 day road trip. We packed fruit, homemade energy bars, hummus and multi-grain chips, healthy trail mix, and my roasted coconut sweet potatoes,. We also drank plenty of water!
Because my sister is now eating a gluten free, sugar free, and dairy free diet she decided to pack herself salads for the trip as well. In retrospect I wish I would have done the same. Why? Because today I totally blew it, and had a Sonic burger for the first time and boy am I paying for it. I was extremely close to adding on a candy bar shake when our car broke down in the Sonic parking lot! Thankfully I didn’t. That would have destroyed my calories for the last 2 days. LOL. When we finally got to our hotel tonight we scoped the area and decided to go to Chili’s. We figured my sister could get some GF, SF, DF food there. I made a great choice by eating a garden salad and a bowl of their chicken chile lime soup (which a bowl is just 200 calories). It was great!
Our hotel had a small fitness gym. Not much equipment in it. So, I did 30 minutes of cardio and another 15 minutes of squats, lunges, push-ups, dips, and planks. The reason I actually got to workout for this long tonight is because there was so much fog on the road we had to pull over earlier than we planned. When I got back to the room I rolled out using my awesome foam roller. In the morning we are going to skip the free breakfast and I’m going to get a bowl of oatmeal or grab a yogurt and put my protein powder (that I’m going to be writing a review on soon) in it to fill me up.
So, why am I not going to eat as lite as a feather on Thanksgiving? Because it’s once a year! I’m not crazy, I don’t believe in total deprivation. I’m on a journey to better health, but I believe that I can eat my families cooking every now and then. I’m going to be in Mississippi for goodness sakes. Yes, it’s the fattest state in America for a reason, and I’m going to be eating it. I’m just going to make sure I eat well leading up to the day like I’m doing, and make sure that I eat even better on the road on my way home. Plus get some exercise in.
I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving. You’ll have to make your own choice about whether totally depriving yourself is best for you or not. YOU know your limits. You know what your doctor told you or nutritionist (follow their advice). You know if you make poor choices whether or not you’ll be able to rebound. Make the right choice for you. I’d hate for you to lose everything you’ve worked so hard for. Whatever you do, don’t go overboard, don’t go crazy! You will regret it.
I will be remembering my dear sweet grandma and celebrating her life with my relatives. MamaNita left a beautiful legacy. She had 8 children, and she left behind almost 100 grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren combined. No I am not exaggerating. Her kin have done many wonderful things, and I believe it stems from how she raised her children in a loving godly home. I can’t wait to see all of them this week.
Happy Thanksgiving Fit Moms!
Turkey Dinner photo by MinimalistPhotography101.com
Cinnamon Dusting cupcake by By shimelle