Hi friends! Happy Tuesday!
To follow up with my Dating My Husband post, Drew + I both have off tomorrow. We’re going to drop Maxwell off at daycare + spend the day together doing some of our favorite things. We’ve had this planned for a while + I’m really looking forward to spending a whole day with just my husband.
Thanksgiving is one of my very favorite holidays. What is better than a gathering filled with food + your loved ones? This year I have to work, so I’ll be missing my family’s gathering. As a nurse, it is hard to miss holidays…but, I keep telling myself, “Amy, these patients wish they had the ability to be home with their families too.” But, of course it is challenging + my mindset isn’t 100% positive about it.
If you have someone in your family that has to work on a holiday, it would be such a sweet idea to just send them a note saying you miss them + wish they could be there. If they are providing a service to the community, thank them for their work. I’m NOT writing this so that my family does it, I just know it would mean a lot to your loved ones. 🙂
Drew is making our little family a small Thanksgiving dinner of our own (cooking his first turkey!). We’re going to give Maxwell some sweet potatoes (he has started to dabble with his first solids) + spend a cozy holiday the 3 of us. I’m very much looking forward to that after work. 🙂 Thank you to my husband for staying back + being the sweetest supporter of this working/blogging lady.
Onto the post of the day…
I wanted to post about how you can navigate not only Thanksgiving dinner, but all the parties + gatherings that are upcoming.
- Day of workout. My sister + I always love to get a pre-Thanksgiving workout in. It sets the tone for the day + gives us some time just the two of us. A gym in our area even hosts a free outdoor bootcamp every year to get people moving before the meal. I love that idea! So bring your workout clothes + ask a family member if they want in!
- Drink plenty of WATER. With the excess of food calories, I always try not to add in fluid calories too. My family tends to celebrate without wine, but I know a lot of families do include alcohol in their festivities. If yours does, a glass or two does the trick!
- Don’t show up hungry. Alas, this is the place that a lot of people go wrong. They think if I skip breakfast + don’t eat until the meal…that is the ticket. Being overly hungry makes even the most discipline of eaters more irrational in their choices.
- Be choosy when it comes to indulgences. I’m WAY more of a salty person than a sweet (as you know if you’ve been reading along for a while). So for me, I’d rather go a little overboard on the appetizers + side dishes than the pies or cookies. Decide where you want to splurge + where you want to save, just like when you are shopping for clothes 😉
- Bring a healthier side. There is going to be so much goodness there. Think about bringing a healthier side dish to add to the table + scoop yourself a healthy portion of it!
- Realize it is one day. Honestly, I eat too much every Thanksgiving. When I asked Drew if he had any points to add to a post about trying to not go overboard on Thanksgiving he said, “No, that’d be dumb.” He had other suggestions that were not appropriate (drink too much the night before so you physically cannot eat. haha…he is joking). Like a lot of people he fully believes in going overboard on T-Day. I do use the tips above, but I realize it is just ONE day. I have a healthy relationship with food + if I eat too much one day, I know that I can get my portions back under control the next. I do not beat myself up about it at all + I would recommend that you don’t either.
Happy (early) Thanksgiving! Stop back tomorrow for the Men’s Holiday Gift Guide!