When I went back to Weight Watchers in 1990 it was just a few months before Thanksgiving. I didn’t look that far ahead when I decided it was time to take off the 40 pounds I’d gained since reaching goal and becoming a Lifetime Member of Weight Watchers in 1987.
I just thought about right now and my thought about right now was, “Im tired of weighing this much and I think Skylark, my horse, is tired of it too.
I was highly motivated to get back to goal. Highly motivated for me means I’ll follow the plan closely, but not so closely that you could say I’m doing it perfectly. I made a few changes to both customize the plan and make it livable for me and I lost weight.
I didn’t lose a lot of weight, but each week I weighed in at a little bit lighter than the week before. Sometimes I weighed exactly what I weighed the week before, but that didn’t bother me. The pounds and tenths of pounds were adding up and I was making noticeable progress. Then I realized Thanksgiving was about a week away and I got a little worried.
Past history told me that I loved Thanksgiving and all the traditional dishes that go with it. I also knew from the past that Thanksgiving started on Wednesday, Thanksgiving Eve, and continued until I went to bed on Sunday night. Even after Thanksgiving weekend officially ended for me, it was hard to reel in the overeating behaviors.
Understanding my history was key in making a plan to enjoy Thanksgiving and continue to make progress with weight loss. I wanted to confine my Thanksgiving feasting to one day. I figured out a plan that would work, but I’d need cooperation from my family. I asked my husband and kids if eating a Thanksgiving meal at home was important to them. Lucky for me, that was more than okay.
We made reservations for a restaurant that offered a Thanksgiving buffet. It was great. I ate what I wanted and as much as I wanted. When we left the restaurant I was full and since there was no leftovers in my house, Thanksgiving was officially over.
My weigh-in day was Tuesday. When I stepped on the scale the Tuesday after Thanksgiving I was weighed a pound and a half less than the previous week.
If you want to eat Thanksgiving dinner and continue to get thinner follow these steps:
- Decide what you want for an outcome
- Examine past holidays and behaviors
- Make a plan to get what you want
- Get support from people who may be affected by your plan
- Keep your eye on the goal