I LOVE this time of year! Thanksgiving is my most favorite holiday of year for so many reasons! Of course, the food is a huge factor, but not like it used to be. I mostly love the holiday because of family.
In my family, it really hasn't changed since long before my oldest memory of childhood. The location did change when my grandparents got to the point where they were no longer able to host. The opportunity then fell upon my parents where I was able to have a more helping hand in a few of the preparations.
My mom and I get together and set the table and have time to just converse about the big day. I always enjoy that time together. She's also makes detailed notes each year so that if she or my dad weren't able to do what they do, we'd be able to step in and help out. Life is what it is and some day I know that it will be my husband and my turn to take on the duties, to carry on the tradition for this side of my family. I pray it's not for several more decades. I love watching my dad and smelling the roasted turkey as we walk into the house. The smell of the stuffing, the yams, and all the other familiar aromas when settling into the livingroom and kitchen area. I enjoy seeing the kids' excitement over the day. It's wonderful to just spend the day being around each other, relaxing, when time doesn't seem to exist.
It's the menu that has for the most part, remained the same. Each year we all know the menu, know what to expect. There have been few variations to the main meal, and we all love that!! This year my mom wasn't able to get the usual rolls that we have had with the meal for eons. I pray there won't be a riot! No, as much as things have remained the same, so many things have changed. What once was my grandparents with their children and their families has now grown into a whole new generation. I love the constant that it is in my life. I have only missed one of these dinners in my 35 years of physical existance.
With so many Thanksgiving dinners behind me, this is the first one where I am not worried. I am not worried of over eating, I am not worried about being deprived. (Like that has ever happened in the history of me) I am not worried about feeling out of control. This is the first Thanksgiving that I can go, and honestly enjoy the whole day without a bit of anxiety over what passes my lips. I am excited and I have a plan!
I am going to have a good, solid workout in the morning. I am going to have a late breakfast that has a balance of carbs and protein around 10ish so that I don't go into Thanksgiving dinner at 2 ravished. I am going to fill my plate with small servings of foods I adore! When dessert comes around, I am going to have partial servings of the things I like so when I sit down I'll have 4 different types of dessert making up 1 maybe 2 actual servings. The plan is to not go back for seconds. What happens if I do? It could happen. But maybe I'll just keep a balance of my carbs and protein so that my appetite doesn't control me. At the end of the day, I will only have had 2 main meals and dessert that could count for a 3rd meal. If I keeps portions down, I'll get my fill without over doing it. My desire to binge hasn't been there now that I have allowed myself whatever I would like. The fact there are no "no-no" foods, they don't hold control over me. I have a bite or two, and I'm good. If I feel I have eaten more than I should, I can also just do a mini workout (5-10 min.) when I get home. Something to get my heart pumping and my metabolism started, just to help things along. Ever walked after being stuffed? You feel so much better than if you just sit and do nothing. It finally feels so wonderful not to be a slave to the holiday I adore.