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Thanksgiving Guide to Success: Plan, *Indulge* AND Feel Great!

8 Nov

Can you believe Thanksgiving’s only 2 weeks away???


Well, that means it’s time to make a game plan to set you up for holiday eating success! So buckle up, put on your creative thinking cap and let’s hit the open road of holiday eating. It’s going to take some planning and some creativity. I can’t promise you perfection but we can work together to make this your healthiest Thanksgiving yet. The great news? You don’t have to give up turkey, cranberries, pumpkin pie or the taste and feel of those beloved “comfort foods.” You can even allow yourself to indulge in some “off-plan” foods  if you so choose. Doesn’t sound that bad does it? Let’s go!

#1 Set Goals

What’s your goal for this Thanksgiving? Are you throwing your entire healthy eating plan out the window for a of day of indulgence? Will you keep portions small while still indulging? Are you going to stick to your regular clean eating (yes, that’s actually realistic) throughout the holiday weekend? Are you the only one eating healthy/Paleo?

Your answers to those questions will help you to clearly define your holiday eating goals. For example, since eating Paleo (clean) is how I eat every day, I decided last month that I would schedule a “relax weekend” for Thanksgiving. What does that look like for me? Well, I’m fortunate enough to be going to my parent’s house, where my mom and sister eat Paleo. We’ve created a game plan where we will incorporate many Paleo foods into our meal. Since it’s already a planned “relax weekend” for me, I won’t allow myself to feel guilty if I have a cookie or my grandmother’s potato salad.

I understand that many of you are the only ones eating Paleo or clean within your home and at your holiday gatherings. Keep reading because I will show you some realistic options that will make you actually look forward to eating healthy over the holidays.

The key is to make up your mind before hand on how you can be healthy, eat wholesome foods and indulge in moderation if you so choose. If you’re eating clean, your body really doesn’t crave those unhealthy options so don’t over do it and stuff yourself. There’s just no reason to go there.

#2 Don’t Feel Guilty!

That brings me to our next key to holiday success. Once you’ve determined your goals, stick to them and don’t feel guilty. If you’ve decided that, heck, you eat clean all the time and you just may have a big ole slice of traditional pumpkin pie WITH whipped cream — Don’t ruin your treat by feeling guilty. Just don’t accept that guilt because you chose, planned and made up your mind before hand how you would handle the holiday and you’re sticking to that plan.

Now, I’m saying all of this because I know that I am speaking to self-controlled, strong, capable people who aren’t looking for an excuse and are instead looking for help in sustaining healthy habits before, during and after the holidays. So, I know you won’t go nuts-o on me. Right? :) I just don’t want you to ruin a perfectly acceptable treat by feeling guilty.

Make your game plan, stick to it and ENJOY yourself.

#3 Determine What You’ll Eat (and what you won’t)

This is essential and this is the part where you can get really creative. For example, I’ll probably want the comfort feeling of mashed potatoes with my turkey so I’ve volunteered to make and bring Mashed Faux-tatoes to our family gathering. This key to your holiday success is especially important for those of you who are making the “traditional” Thanksgiving dinner and are the only ones eating anywhere close to healthy. Make your life easier by making options you can eat.

I have to recommend a cookbook here because they did such a FABULOUS job of planning Paleo parties and gatherings. I bought this book myself so this recommendation is completely out of my own passion. There is still time for you to order “Make it Paleo” online and get your menu together for the holidays. You should totally do it! Look at the gorgeous holiday round up they have in the cookbook:

Can you say YUM?? And look at that you’ve got turkey, cranberries, PUMPKIN PIE, mashed “faux” tatoes and a delicious looking carrot casserole. Wow. That just makes you want Thanksgiving to be today doesn’t it?

The second part of this key to success is determining what you won’t eat. This will look different for everyone. For example, I won’t eat dairy. That means no ice cream or cheese (I actually miss cheese more than ice cream believe it or not.) This is on my no list because dairy makes me physically ill now that I’m eating clean. Eating dairy is welcome stomach cramps and just feeling plain awful. For you it may be avoiding a certain food or gluten because it makes you feel gross or … fill in the blank. Just determine if you have any foods on your do not eat list as part of your success plan.

That’s it! Now that wasn’t that bad, was it? Do you feel encouraged? Do you need more ideas? Do you think this approach is realistic? Tell me in the comments below!

I really do hope that you do make a plan for your Thanksgiving eating success. Hopefully this post helped you to see that it’s totally doable AND enjoyable. Could you just take the whole holiday off from eating healthy and eat whatever? Sure. Ask yourself, how will you feel after that and then make that decision.

~ Kate

Fitness Challenge RESULTS, Stand-Up Desk + NaNoWriMo

2 Nov

Happy Friday!

30 Days of Fitness Update

Soo. It’s November 2nd and my 30 Days of Fitness Challenge has come to a close. Did you participate? Did you work out for the full 30 days? Did you work out more than you normally do? Answer yes to either and I’m happy for you! This challenge was much more difficult than the Whole30 for me. No, I didn’t cry like I did during the Whole30 but man was it hard for me to motivate myself to work out every day. And, sadly, I didn’t do every day BUT I did do a TON more than I usually do and I really think I’ve made working out on a consistent basis, habitual.


  • I lost inches: 5.25!!! WOW I was not expecting that. That’s: 3/4 from my arms, 2 from my waist, 1.5 from my hips and 1 from each of my thighs.
  • I lost weight: 3lbs – this didn’t make me too happy at first but just another testament that the scale doesn’t define you, the inches lost absolutely surprised and thrilled me!
  • I can run farther: I increased my distance by 1.5 miles! I’m running 3 miles without stopping now :)
  • My endurance has skyrocketed!
  • I feel still feel amazing. As long as I eat clean and workout I’m happy. If I start getting dirty in my eating then my mood is NOT ok. Poor Daniel …

What’s the plan now? I’m going to alternate strength training and running/swimming M-F.

Stand-Up Desk Update

SO! I am super pumped about how this experiment has been going. To read my initial observations, click here. I’ve been standing every day since October 25th, which makes this day #7. The hardest challenge has been to mentally say that I’m not sitting, I’m STANDING. And to keep it that way. Secondly, I’ve had to add comfort inserts for my shoes, where my tennis shoes sometimes and of course I have my trusty mat. Overall, I feel more energy and less lethargic (no afternoon bog down) and I’m actually more productive.

Oh! And I was talking to my boss this morning and he asked if I wanted a stand-up desk since this seemed like it was a long-term thing. Ha! So, I’ll be researching options and let you know what I think.

No Tube Update + NaNoWriMo

Yesterday was my first full day without TV. Daniel did so I took time to do other stuff around the house. Not too bad but a little weird to not plop down in front of the tube while doing other tasks having it playing in the background.

The timing of this challenge is kind of ironic because it also happens to be National Novel Writing Month. My friend, Gini, brought this to my attention as she is writing a novel of her own during this crazy month via nanowrimo.org. Well, the idea of writing a novel, period, terrifies me quite honestly. I love writing but a novel?! That’s 50,000+ words!! What the heck could I write about to that extent?

I’m in the middle of buying a house (cross your fingers everyone) … eating Paleo … working out consistently … working … networking … blogging … wife-ing … And I’m going to write a novel?? That’s crazy talk.

This challenge was definitely short notice  too (since I found out about it yesterday) and I didn’t have a solid story line or even a firmed up idea in mind. So, I did what any reasonable person would do:

I disregarded all those reasons and I decided to do it!

I think I might barf.

Well, I’m signed up and off and writing already. What have I gotten myself into this time? The goal is to write 1660ish words a day, no editing, just keep writing, and have your novel submitted by midnight 11/30/12. As of yesterday, the first day, I have 1778 words written and I’m getting kind of excited. This is going to be quite the challenge.

It never too late to do something that scares you, knowing that you’ll be better, stronger and happier for it.

Happy Weekend!

~ Kate

30 Days of Fitness Challenge: VIDEO UPDATE

17 Oct

Happy Wednesday!

Since we’re weeks into the “30 Days of Fitness Challenge” I wanted to update you on my progress and encourage you to keep going!

To be honest, I’ve missed a day or two here and there so I’m extending the challenge through October 31.

So get in your workout gear, watch this video and be encouraged!!

Oh, and if you’re not sure what the heck I’m talking about, read this post.

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