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plans and adjustments

Today, I'm going to develop some strategies for dealing with the impending pitfall that is Thanksgiving.  But first, a little bit about adjustments.  As you probably know, I am a creature of habit.  I always get into the gym, do my planks, then my crunches, then the treadmill, then the elliptical, and finish up with the stairstepper.  Every day the same circuit.  The same machine.  The same timing.  Of course, this would be the week that I have to change up things, right?  Of course, it wasn't my idea.  When I got in there, I started on the same routine, and then someone else came into the gym and got on the treadmill my treadmill.  I couldn't get on it.  So, what did I do instead?  Well, knowing that I only had tomorrow left to finish up my gym work, I jumped on the elliptical for 15 minutes, then the stairstepper for 20 minutes straight (burned 578 Calories!), and then finished up on the elliptical for another 15 minutes.  That got both of my elliptical and my stairstepper routines out of the way.  But, of course, I'll have to do 2 sessions on the treadmill: 40 minutes. Uh-oh.  And, if you add on to that, I stayed at work super late (13 hours) and couldn't get to the DVD workout.  That means I have 5 DVD workouts to do in 3 days.  Now is where you all tell me to get off my butt and make it happen.  Seriously, someone needs to.  Yikes.

No, on to my strategies for Thursday.  I have to admit, I don't have that many, and I haven't taken the time to look into it.  So, I'd love to hear some of your strategies.  In the meantime, here are mine:

1. Use the smallest plate I can find.  I know this will keep me from eating too much.  If I have to take 6 or 7 trips to get to the same amount of food that one of the huge platters we usually use, I'm pretty sure I'll feel ridiculous.  (By the way, those platters are crazy big--I'll take a picute of them on Thursday).

2. Don't feel like I have to try some of everything.  I know what most of the stuff tastes like anyway.  I don't think I'll need to try all six pies that are available. 

3. Document everything I eat during the day.  I'll take a picture of each plate I eat.  It'll help to see how much I'm actually eating.

4. Eat breakfast.  And lunch.  I'll need to keep from getting too hungry before we really start to eat. 

What other plans do you have for keeping sane, healthy, and fit during the holidays?

2- 15 minute sessions on the Elliptical
2- 10 minute sessions on the Stairmaster
30 sit ups
1 set of 2- 60 second planks
Read the Bible Daily
Pray Daily

3- 15 minute sessions on the Elliptical
1- 20 minute session on the Treadmill
3- 10 minute sessions on the Stairmaster
120 sit ups
Walk 6.5 miles
2 sets of 2- 60 second planks
Read the Bible Daily
Pray Daily

2- 20 minute sessions on the Treadmill
90 sit ups
Walk 8.5 miles
5 DVD Workouts
2 sets of 2- 60 second planks
Read the Bible Daily
Pray Daily
Date with Anna


  South Beach Steve

November 25, 2009 at 5:08 AM


I don't have anything to add to your strategies, as I haven't come up with my own yet. It is going to be a success though.

Make it a great day!


November 25, 2009 at 1:47 PM

LOL, like Steve said....GET OFF YOUR BUTT AND MAKE THIS HAPPEN! Knowing you though, you already have ;-) Hope you enjoy your day tomorrow,Beej. Sounds like a great plan, I'm gonna take your cue on a couple of 'em. Happy Thanksgiving!


November 25, 2009 at 6:26 PM

You can do it Beej!!!

I can't wait to see the pictures of the big plates, that strikes me as hilarious. I use the same plates for any kind of meal. Are these just for holidays?

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and I know you will do just fine...both with your goals and your meal.