Saturday, November 24, 2012

Time For Turkey, Taters And Giving Thanks

Today I'm loaded with turkey, taters and all sorts of things that aren't good for you, so who knows how many pounds of rolling thunder I truly am.

I don't know about other runners, but I try not to fret about weight fluctuations during Thanksgiving week. Just like the weight won't come off in big chunks, you're not going to put it on in big chunks, unless, of course, you don't get back out there moving again for a while.

My Thanksgiving strategy? One plate, one time through. Take what you want and enjoy and then don't worry about it. It's usually the second and third times through that kill most people.

And while you might float up a few pounds on the scale over the next few days, if you get back to walking, running, biking or whatever your preferred exercise regimen, and drink plenty of water, you should get back to normal soon.

The second key, don't let yourself eat too much of what I call accidental food. You know, the accidental doughnuts at the office. The accidental handfuls of party mix at your family gathering. Or even the accidental third piece of pie that tempts you from across the room and then slathers itself to your belly.

This is a great time to be thankful for family, friends and the fortunes of being alive. While it's easy to get caught up in the hectic nature of the holiday season, stressing out over what you eat shouldn't bring you down. You're going to take it off again after the holiday, and this year we have five weeks between Turkey Day and Christmas.

I have to say at this time of year I'm thankful for running because when you're out pounding the pavement you don't have to deal with Black (Thursday) Friday, Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday or Tapped Out Friday. Plus, you're doing something healthy for your body by going on the move.

So today is my family's holiday gathering, so you might not see the world's slowest human out on the streets, but if you do, don't be a turkey. Give me a waive.

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