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BLC 26 - Pushing out of my Comfort Zone

Sunday, November 16, 2014

I wasn't even considering doing the pushing out of our comfort zone part of the challenge this week, but then I read Lady Carol's blog and was intrigued. Thanksgiving has always been a big deal. The Redel family always has a big family reunion each year. We can have anywhere from 20 to 60 people in any given year so it's a lot of fun. There's a core group who prepare the same items each year so we have a lot of standard Thanksgiving worthy menu items.

This year, though, we're in MN with the kids. Our granson is now 19 months old so this is the 1st Thanksgiving he'll be truly a part of things. So it's up to me to do the dinner which I'm thrilled about. My DIL is from China so every new American holiday is a huge deal to her and she is so appreciative it's a joy to do. I've been working on how to downsize our Redel Thanksgiving to fit the 5 of us, but now there's a twist.

What if I push out of my high calorie comfort zone and do healthy? Well, that wasn't going to happen, but what if? Lady Carol started me a pondering. My normal MO is to drastically diet the week before so I could 'enjoy' those 4 days of family, friends, black Friday leftovers and breakfasts of pumpkin pie (just to make more room in the fridge, of course).

So the healthy seed was planted and I had points to earn so I thought, why not at least think about it? Before I knew it, I was having fun! I started looking for healthy alternatives. I started thinking out of the box. I started having fun! Could this be? Planning a healthy, guilt free Thanksgiving could be fun? Well, that's what did.

I've been doing IE (intuitive eating) for awhile now and one big landmark I've hit is that I hate the feeling of being FULL. And that's what those 4 days are usually about. But suddenly, I realized that making the traditional Thanksgiving would do just that! My family is all on board. My DIL eats healthy naturally, my son hates leftovers, my DH is trying to take off pounds and the kidlet will eat anything he can get in his mouth! So the recipe search is on. The biggest lesson I've learned is that pushing out of my comfort zone can be fun, even if the thought of it is a little scary.
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  • JENSHAINES
    I have some great healthy recipes for Thanksgiving - just let me know if you need/want anything. YAY you for doing this!
    2303 days ago
  • ZANNACHAN
    I love that you're thinking and having fun with it, and that your family is supportive!

    Thanksgiving is family time for me, too, though my family isn't as big, and like yours everyone brings a dish or two and those are pretty set by tradition (we bring applesauce, my mom brings a pumpkin pie and an apple pie, etc.) I confess I do have some treats (yum, pie--though only 1 slice!!!) but thankfully our meals are generally pretty healthy and we don't end up with a ton of leftovers. But this year we are on our own for Thanksgiving day and I have no idea what we'll do as we don't have the fridge/freezer space for a turkey, our kitchen is still mostly in boxes, and anyway it's just the two of us.
    2303 days ago
  • SUSANELAINE1956
    Pat - I am joining you and Lady Carol on eating a healthy Thanksgiving meal. My plan is a big saad, lots of veggies, turkey, and a little bit of baked sweet potato. My DIL always makes the best salads and roasted veggies so I won't even feel like I am being deprived ... Or at least that's the plan! emoticon
    2303 days ago
  • MYTHMYTH
    emoticon and you've got me thinking too!
    2303 days ago
  • EMSSBEARS
    Great job I'm proud of you. You will be so grateful too and no one will notice the difference I did it to my family last year and they said it was the best they ever had that they were worried I was going to serve them some diet low calorie healthy meal when I invited them over - little did they know I had -lol
    2303 days ago
  • CRACKERS4554
    Congrats on starting a new tradition for you and your family!
    2303 days ago
  • JAIZWAYS
    emoticon Pat. emoticon I am so proud of you. There are lots of healthy alternatives available and if you are stuck for ideas for anything just ask! emoticon
    2303 days ago
  • COOLMAMA11
    Good for you Pat, you can do it, there are so many healthy alternatives to the high fat, calories that come with these holiday feasts! The Challenge is on, and you are up to it!

    Hugs Elaine emoticon
    2303 days ago
  • JOHNMARTINMILES
    Success begins at the edge of your comfort zone

    Make Today the Greatest Day of Your Life

    emoticon Until Tomorrow!

    2303 days ago
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