Category: Health and Fitness

Diets, exercise, you know the drill

Diet Challenge: Thanksgiving!

As is my nature, I have been quite anxious about sticking to our diets for Thanksgiving. The diet plan we are on is one of those rare things in life that can change you forever. I want to get the most out of it I can for as long as I can, and am planning to tip-toe my way around the worst of the worst at our annual holiday feast.

My husband, Jim, and I are in week 4 of our diets, and so far so good! We are both working hard and could not be happier or more surprised at the results. We hired personal trainer Kelly Valles and during her twelve-week program she provides menu and exercise plans, personal guidance and check-ins. Contact me if you need a referral!

I am going to try to take her advice for tomorrow – enjoy the holiday! Don’t go overboard, but have a taste of those traditional things that you enjoy. Graze throughout the day rather than having one giant supper. Don’t feel guilty (that’s a tough one for me).

This year in addition to my family, and to new friends, I am grateful for this journey to a healthier us. I am preparing the traditional foods in a healthy way that is consistent with our diets – I’m not making anything we “can’t” eat. That being said, I’m off to make deviled eggs!

Diet challenge: Eating out

Today was the first time we ate out in the 2 weeks since we started our diets. We went to On the Border Mexican restaurant for my sister-in-law’s birthday. I knew everyone would be drinking and I did feel a little emotional when ordering water while staring at a pitcher of margaritas. But they did have lots of healthy options on the menu and were more than happy to substitute extra vegetables in place of rice. Jim and I both wound up having grilled chicken with vegetables – almost exactly what we would have been having at home. The spicy salsa fresca was a nice treat and gave the meal a Mexican flair. It was difficult not to let the conversation of food and diets dominate our end of the table, but everyone had a good time and we survived with full bellies albeit sober. In all, I’m proud of us!