Actions speak louder than words. Oh, how true that is. With Thanksgiving tomorrow, so many of us will have a “cheat day” and opt for the second helping of stuffing or an extra dollop of whipped cream on our pumpkin pie.
If you’ve been following my weight loss journey, you’ll know that my best strategy has been counting calories and following a few simple rules. As a refresher, those rules are more of what not to do. No snacking, no seconds, no soda, no dessert, and no cheating are the guidelines that have worked for me. As of right now, I’ve lost 19 of the 40 pound goal, which means I’m nearly half way there. Despite my unadulterated passion for turkey and mashed potatoes, no amount of giblet gravy could convince me to undo the progress I’ve made up to this point.
My goal for the Thanksgiving holiday is to be an example for sticking to the program and not taking a cheat day, despite the over abundance of delicious eats. My actions will be the same on Turkey Day as they are any other day - watching my calories, making conscious decisions about what to eat, and not breaking the rules. Club 1 Fitness used to put a saying on their marquee sign that seems fitting for the Thanksgiving holiday. It said, “No food tastes as good as thin feels.”
See you on the flip side, Tribune readers!
Rachel E. Mawhirter