Good morning.  I woke up early so I could get a few errands done.  My "to do" list is growing faster than I can get stuff done!

 

Breakfast was simple.  It totally hit the spot, too!

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I had coffee (obviously!) and oatmeal.  My oatmeal was kind of a "grab and go" mix of whatever was in my Nut Bag.

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My oatmeal contained:

 

  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 sliced banana
  • Toppings: 2 tablespoons pumpkin granola and a small handful of pecans, hazelnuts, and almonds.

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All I can say is there BETTER be pecan pie at Thanksgiving! šŸ™‚

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Exercising Through The Holidays

 

Speaking of Thanksgiving, it’s almost *the most wonderful time of the year*!  Unfortunately, the holiday season is full of opportunities to blow your diet, slack off on your training schedule, or eat so much you can’t fit into your wedding dress come January 3 (or whatever).

 

The average American consumes 600 EXTRA calories a day between Thanksgiving and New Year’s.  The typical Thanksgiving meal contains more than 3,000 calories.  Now, I’m certainly not suggesting you avoid EVERY holiday treat or skip Thanksgiving dinner altogether!  It’s a special time of the year, so enjoy yourself.  Food is about more than just fueling your body.

 

However, for me, the easiest way to mentally AND physically "stay on track" is to EXERCISE my way through the holidays!  Here are some tips:

 

  • Exercise the morning of "big meal" holidays.  Obviously, you’re not going to be able to burn off ALL the calories you will eat at Thanksgiving, but a morning run or elliptical session will make you feel more *in control* during the meal (i.e. working out on a holiday is more for your mental sanity than anything else).
  • Be selfish.  Some family member may not like it that you’re planning to go for a run in the morning.  Maybe they want to spend extra time with you or maybe they feel guilty that THEY’RE not exercising.  But you need this time for yourself, so GO!  Don’t be peer pressured into sitting at home if you want to go for a run.  Just make it quick and be very friendly when you come back!
  • Invite your family members to go on a walk or jog with you.  Exercising together can be a fun way to spend time together.  And who doesn’t love a post-Thanksgiving game of pigskin?
  • Play with the children!  Kids are a great excuse to stay active, and their parents will thank you.  Chase your cousins around the backyard.
  • Don’t schedule exercise in on days when it is super unrealistic to happen.  Meaning — don’t set yourself up to fail.  If your holidays are very busy, don’t tell yourself that you’re a sloth if you only get in two days a week as opposed to 5.  Do what you can, and be satisfied with that!

 

How are you planning to stay active during the holidays?  I have a nice 9 miler planned for Thanksgiving morning! šŸ™‚

{ 35 comments }

 

  • *Andrea* November 25, 2008, 5:39 am

    pretty oats! today is DEFINITELY a 2-cup coffee day for me šŸ˜‰

    to prepare myself for the holidays i usually try to get in some exercise in the morning too. i also bring some of my own side dishes (fruit salads, etc.) that i know will be healthy options – just in case!

  • Erica November 25, 2008, 5:46 am

    Hey girl! Great post! I plan to maintain my exercise schedule and not miss any workouts (if possible). I am hoping to get a workout in Thursday am before we leave for my Aunt’s house!

  • therunningaddict November 25, 2008, 5:49 am

    I’m just gonna try and schedule some workouts here and there. Luckily, we don’t really celebrate “The Holidays”, well, other than Hanukkah and no feast is involved. So it should be okay!

  • VeggieGirl November 25, 2008, 5:53 am

    Love those nutty oats!!

    My lifestyle, regardless of the holidays, is extremely active; so of COURSE I’ll be active over the holidays, haha.

    HAPPY TUESDAY!!!

  • Mica November 25, 2008, 5:54 am

    I love your attitude about exercising during the holidays. It is great to think of it as “me” time during the stress of the season.

  • girlrunningaround November 25, 2008, 6:09 am

    All great tips! I’ve definitely got some workouts scheduled for the holiday season, and a few races too (Turkey Trot 10k on Thanksgiving morning). The hardest part is going to be exercising during our honeymoon!

  • Caitlin (see bride run) November 25, 2008, 6:11 am

    girl running around – i KNOW! i’m going to commit to running 4 out of the 10 days i am on the honeymoon. šŸ™‚ we’ll see!!!

  • RhodeyGirl/Sabrina November 25, 2008, 6:37 am

    love the be selfish one. need to remember that.

    may i add a tip? don’t eat something just because you feel bad! i hear way too often people complaining that so-and-so INSISTED you eat a dessert/appetizer/whatever. no one can INSIST you eat something!

  • ashley (sweet and natural) November 25, 2008, 6:54 am

    We’re staying at a hotel that has a gym, so hopefully I’ll be able to hit that up!

  • Angie November 25, 2008, 6:59 am

    On Thanksgiving morning hubby, myself and my stepson will go to spin class at the gym and workout afterwards too. I thought they would be closed but thankfully not.

  • HangryPants November 25, 2008, 7:01 am

    I am planning to stay active like I am now, but 600 extra calories – woah!

  • ksgoodeats November 25, 2008, 7:05 am

    Simple breakfasts are usually the best!

    Great tips for the holidays šŸ™‚

  • Tutu B. November 25, 2008, 7:07 am

    I am FOR SURE planning on keeping exercise in my schedule. Two years ago I let it fall by the wayside, and gained about 10 pounds. It was horrible!

    I am planning a run on Turkey Day morning! I already participated in a Turkey Trot, good way to start the holiday season!!

  • just me November 25, 2008, 7:10 am

    I def plan on getting in my workouts…t-day is my big 10k! and after that i plan to keep on training and am going to see if i can find maybe another race new years day since i leave to fl so soon after! eek!

    hollar to your oats too…i bet they smelled fabulous!

  • runningwithfood.com November 25, 2008, 7:15 am

    Great bowl!! I will be joining you (and several others) for a long turkey day run! I normally do our city’s Turkey Trot, but I’m skimping out this year due to the cold. I plan to watch a good flick while pounding it out on the treadmill! šŸ™‚

  • Andrea (Off Her Cork) November 25, 2008, 7:38 am

    Totally exercising over the holidays! I refuse to become a sloth or gain weight during the holidays this year. Hooray for all of us running on T-day!

  • Anonymous November 25, 2008, 7:41 am

    Well, on Thanksgiving Day I have a 5 miler and Im dying to beat my fastest time of 40 minutes and 50 seconds. My goal is anything in the 30s (as in 39:59…lol)

    As far as the holidays, its marathon training time and every week from now until April is full or running with my longs run now at 8-10 and moving up all the way to 22 in the next few months.

    Sheesh, Im getting tired just THINKING about it. =)

  • Amanda November 25, 2008, 7:48 am

    I know I won’t be able to run on Thanksgiving as we’ll be on a plane and then seeing family for the first time in a while, so I plan on getting to the gym tonight and getting a run in tomorrow. Then, I’m going to try to run/play football with the fam Fri and Sat .. my goal is to move as much as possible (hopefully with 4 real workouts this week!!)

  • katie November 25, 2008, 7:48 am

    Yes I think that exercising is much more of a mental thing for me at least. While burning off the extra say 1,000 calories isn’t realistic, just knowing you made some difference is comforting. Plus you just feel better throughout the day, and why would you not want that? I plan on running in my town’s Turkey Trot. It is only a 5k but I just love the atmosphere of this race. Have a wonderful Holiday everyone and enjoy yourselves!

  • Bridget November 25, 2008, 8:02 am

    I’m also planning on a Thanksgiving run. Since sitting around in my PJ’s with coffee and pumpkin bread while I watch the parade and read the Black Friday ads is one of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving, I’m saving my run for around noon!

    My parents and I used to always take walks on Thanksgiving and Christmas to get our blood flowing and get some fresh air (even if it’s usually cold air!).

  • lighterportions November 25, 2008, 8:13 am

    Great holiday prep ideas. I think exercising before a big holiday meal just ends up making you want to make healthier choices anyway! Exercise always seems to bring out that healthy mindset. That’s why it’s so darn awesome.
    The approximate 3000 calories per thanksgiving meal though, now that’s quite an eye opener. I’m kind of glad my thanksgiving has already past (Canada). Now I just have to get ready for good ol Christmas time…

  • Tina November 25, 2008, 8:33 am

    I’m going to try to get in a long run on Thanksgiving morning. Hopefully, our Wednesday night high school drinkfest won’t prevent me from getting out of bed!

  • Colleen November 25, 2008, 8:38 am

    Ooooh, I have another rule! Don’t eat anything unless it’s simply delicious! Too often we pile casseroles and other things on our plates and mindlessly eat them without really tasting them. Rewinding that in my mind I think “that broccoli casserole was kinda bland.” I hate to waste those calories on something that isn’t scrumptious!

    Loving your blog! šŸ™‚

  • GroundedFitness November 25, 2008, 9:12 am

    pecan pie is my favorite!! Im bringing one to make sure we have one for Thanksgiving!

    Im going to work out normally. Its just another day.

    Kelly Turner
    http://www.groundedfitness.com

  • Lauren November 25, 2008, 9:16 am

    Loved this post, I had to post about it on Team Giles šŸ™‚

  • Rebecca November 25, 2008, 9:22 am

    I’m doing a long run Thanksgiving morning and going hiking with my girlfriends from high school on Friday! Hopefully, I can also drag my dad out for a hike on day this weekend too…

    I know for a fact that my uncle puts NINE STICKS OF BUTTER in the stuffing. Just knowing that alone keeps me in check and careful to eat everything in moderation!

  • Meg November 25, 2008, 9:33 am

    Great tips for exercising through the Holidays! 600 extra calories a day is a lot!

  • Halie November 25, 2008, 9:39 am

    Very yummy oats! I love the close up of the pecan!

    Have a good day!

  • Katie November 25, 2008, 9:56 am

    Thanks for the tips! those are really helpful.

    I’m a little worried I won’t be able to get workouts in; I can’t run until February (says the doc) and I don’t have a gym membership at home. I could always take long walks every day, but I never feel that’s really “enough.”

  • Bridget November 25, 2008, 10:18 am

    During the long holiday weekend I really need to set strict excersize sessions for myself, or I’ll just feel too crappy about all the eating. I’ve also gotten alot better over the years of taking more veggies and less fatty startches šŸ™‚

  • Oh She Glows November 25, 2008, 10:28 am

    Great post!!

    I always stay active no matter where I am. I always fit in some exercise! It makes me feel so much better. If I can’t access a gym I will walk or run outside!

    Angela
    http://www.ohsheglows.com

  • sarah November 25, 2008, 11:36 am

    i am just keeping with my running schedule as usual, and my 12 mile long run actually will be thursday (not b/c of the big meal, just because it’s the most convenient!).

    as for honeymoon running– i made a deal with my husband that we would go for 30 minute runs every other day at as relaxed a pace as we wanted just to explore together (we were in hawaii). we had a lot of fun!

  • Sharney November 25, 2008, 11:36 am

    Thank you for the tips on how to survive the holiday season. I am the same as you, I exercise my way through šŸ™‚ It makes me feel so much better and helps me to forgive myself if I overindulge. I still try to eat everything in moderation, but we all know how we can slip up at times surrounded by so much temptation! That’s why running definitely makes things so much better! I’ve been pretty good so far about staying on track with my workouts, so hopefully I will be able to manage to get them in as I have scheduled!

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