Surviving Thanksgiving

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It’s almost here. America’s Day of Gluttony. Thousands and thousands of calories gorged across the land as we celebrate with friends and family. Followed by seconds. And then … guilt or shame.

Do NOT fear for I am here to help get you through Thursday without feeling like a turkey or living like our Puritan forefathers. After all, it’s a holiday and you should enjoy it. The key is to avoid enjoying it to the point of regret.

Over the years, I’ve written a number of posts for this specific holiday. So that’s what today’s post is all about … sharing my past advice in one simple post.

First, let’s discuss the gluttony. The average American downs 3,000+ calories on T-Day, so how do you avoid weighing five pounds more when you go back to work the following Monday? The answer is: you start NOW, by banking calories and eating more sensibly in the days leading up to the holiday. Here are 4 simple steps for burning off Thanksgiving dinner. You can thank ME later.

And speaking of burning off dinner, how long will it take to counteract that heaping helping of Grandma’s famous buttermilk mashed potatoes? Here’s a rundown of calories burned per activity. Just know that it’s in your best interest to work out as much as possible this week … before, during, and after Thursday. So feel free to take part in that Turkey Trot and, if you celebrate Black Friday, stash your car at the far end of the parking lot and burn calories walking and carrying your bundles.

Finally, I’m thankful, for you, my readers. I appreciate you sharing a passion for fitness and healthy living and are thankful for your visits every day. Have a fabulous holiday!

About Lisa Johnson

Lisa Johnson here. I've been a personal trainer since 1997, a Pilates instructor since 1998 and the owner of Modern Pilates since 1999. I'm hoping to give you some good ideas to get or stay in shape with a healthy dose of humor and reality. Thanks for joining me.

One Response to Surviving Thanksgiving

  1. Richard November 25, 2013 at 3:34 pm #

    I am logging extra time in the gym this week for sure. I would rather get swole from muscle than from stuffing and mashed potatoes…

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