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  • Guess it was bound to happen

    After the light workouts during the Iowa trip last week, I managed to make my Monday and Tuesday workouts, but Wednesday and Thursday were missed this week. No Excuses, just time got the better of me and I found myself out of hours in the day. No Regrets, wouldn't have traded yesterday with the family for anything. Hope your Thanksgiving was as wonderful and joyous as mine.

    I decided last night to make today's workout my first priority. When I got out of bed this morning, I headed straight down and began the workout with some preparatory stretches for my back and hips. The floor exercises went well, but when I got to the Seated Presses my left shoulder decided to lock up on me. The price one pays for having no cartilage left in that joint, I guess. I managed to complete my Bench Presses, Seated Low Rows, and Bent Over Rows, and had to stop when the shoulder locked. Still managed to get over half of the Seated Presses, but I decided not to aggravate the shoulder with the dumbbell exercises.

    Got on the Gazelle and did twenty minutes instead of ten while listening to Phil Collins and Genesis pumping out some tunes for me. Overall, a good workout. I'll have to ease the shoulder back into the process again, but I'll get there by next Friday. Tomorrow morning, I'll add pushups to the morning routine and see how they go.

    We hosted Thanksgiving this year, and this means there are a ton of leftovers in the fridge. This is where most people get in trouble during this holiday season. Let's face it, we don't make everyday dishes for Thanksgiving or Christmas, and since we usually prepare extra for guests, we have a lot of high calorie tempting dishes lying around the house when the day is done. Especially desserts.

    So what do you do to keep yourself from overeating? Well, there are several things that work for me.

    During Preparation: Have faith in your recipes and refrain from tasting while cooking. Whether you're a seasoned chef or a beginning amateur, if you are following a recipe, chances are pretty good the food will turn out edible. I know this is not easy advice to follow, but if you must taste now and then, be aware that the calories are piling up as you do.

    During the meal: Start off with small portions on your plate and take time to enjoy them. As in most families, we prepare several dishes to try to include everyone's favorites. Green Bean Casserole, Sweet Potato Casserole with Marshmallows and Pecans, Candied Yams, Broccoli and Pasta Salad, Baked Macaroni and Cheese, and a Cotton Candy Salad with Strawberries. This is in addition to the Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, the Smoked Turkey with Herb and Giblet Dressing, and the Smoked Ham. And then you have the desserts, Pecan Pie, Lemon Meringue Pie, and Pecan Bars. Oh, and I forgot to mention the relish and vegetable trays and the rolls.

    When we are gathered for the holidays, we usually have at least two or three conversations going on and we try to involve everyone. This tends to slow you down, since eating while talking is not only difficult, but downright rude. Give your stomach time to tell your brain it's full, and you'll not only eat less, but enjoy it more.

    After the meal: Make sure no one goes away without a package of food to heat up later. We always buy the Glad containers and divide the leftovers into individual meals that can be heated in a microwave for lunch or dinner the next day. If you have friends or family members who do the Black Friday shopping sprint, they'll appreciate having a meal they don't have to cook waiting for them at home. Not only does it make a nice meal for them, but it gets the excess food out of your house.

    Slowing down while you eat is always a good idea. So is activity. While it may seem un-American, I haven't watched a Thanksgiving football game in years. Instead, we are usually gathered around the table playing a board game or cards, or in the living room playing games on the Wii. If the weather is good, one or two of us will take the little ones out in the backyard and play with the Frisbee or a soccer ball. Activity tends to counteract the L-tryptophan in the turkey, so you don't find yourself in the traditional, food induced coma so common to American families at Thanksgiving, and it also burns off some of those calories you've just taken in.

    Aerobic day tomorrow, with added pushups to help get my shoulder back on track.

    I hope all of you are having a blessed Holiday season.

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