Survive Thrive on Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving used to be an extremely anxiety ridden time for me. As anyone who has suffered from disordered eating knows, when you are deep in your own messed up brain, a normal day is anxiety ridden- let alone a day that is set up to allow you to gorge on food!
When I was deep into disordered eating, I did everything I could to make it out of Thanksgiving Day without binging and hating myself. It never worked. The reason was, I was too deep in my sickness. There was really nothing I could do but get better.
This will be my third Thanksgiving where I feel like I am at a healthy place to just eat, enjoy, and not worry so damn much about the calories.
**Note: I am always sure to mention that I am not totally over my weird fear/obsession with food. But I have gotten to an extremely happy place where I probably only have those moments of “controlly-ness” 10% of the time. I cannot be sad about that at all**
My goals on Thanksgiving are as follows:
Have fun with my family.
Eat yummy food.
This is where I need my head to be to reach these goals…
THERE WILL BE MORE FOOD TOMORROW.
Thanksgiving is not the last opportunity I will ever have to eat. There is no diet on Friday, there are no foods that are off limits on Friday. Anything that is here at Thanksgiving dinner can be on my plate again on Friday if I want it to be. Thanksgiving is not the last day to eat this food. There will always be more food.
ONE DAY OF INDULGING DOES NOT MEAN I WILL GAIN 5LBS.
A pound is 3,500 calories. I normally eat about 2,500 calories a day. That means, to gain just one pound, I would have to eat 6,000 calories on Thanksgiving. Sure, that is certainly possible, but I would really have to try to binge to get that many calories in me. (I will admit, it helps that I don’t use gravy!)
FOOD IS FUEL BUT FOOD IS ALLOWED TO BE FUN, TOO.
Yes, I said it. It is okay to enjoy food that is not particularly healthy for you! That being said, I can still use the extra calories consumed on Thanksgiving as fuel for training! The Thanksgiving meal can be a great way to refuel after a hard workout and to pre-fuel for a workout the next day!
I have been thinking about the workouts I can do on Thursday and Friday to put the Thanksgiving Fuel to good use... but I don't feel like planning! The truth is, I train hard. Period. I don't think I have to do anything "extra" or "special" to make up for one day of indulgence. I am just going to do my normal thang and trust that my body will even everything out for me.
Do you get anxiety for Thanksgiving?
Any fun Thanksgiving workouts/races planned?