Hi Everyone,

So….Thanksgiving Day (aka: Turkey Day) is almost upon us. Are you ready? Have you set your mind as to how you will survive the day without being tempted by every turkey drumstick, dollop of gravy, stuffing mix, new dessert, and ice cream cake that is going cross over your plate? Everyone got a good laugh in class today because I said that I was going to get a baby bib that says “My First Thanksgiving” to wear to the dinner table this year. It is like a first Thanksgiving to me because I will be doing things a little different this year. If I had to fair a guess as to the amount of calories that I ate in one Thanksgiving dinner last year, I would guess that I ate at least 1,100-1300 calories in one sitting!! (FYI: If you are reading this blog for the first time….last year at this time I was 237 pounds & now weight 127!)

Here are some of the “rules” that I plan to live by this Thanksgiving Day to survive “Grandma’s feast” and not get carried away:

1. EAT A NORMAL BREAKFAST! It is not a good idea to skip breakfast in an effort to “save calories” for your Thanksgiving lunch or dinner. You will only end up feeling starved by the time dinner rolls around and you will tend to over-eat to compensate for the hunger that you are experiencing. I plan to eat a good solid breakfast of Egg Beaters, Toast, Fruit, and ½ cup of milk.

2. REMEMBER YOUR EXERCISE PLAN! It is all about creating a calorie deficit every day if you want to lose or maintain your weight. So….why would you skip your work-out on a day when you know that you will take in more calories than normal?? Ellipse classes are being offered on Thanksgiving Day….don’t skip….get your work-out in before you head for that piece of Pumpkin Pie!

3. DRINK YOUR WATER! Drinking water will keep you hydrated and will keep your head clear to make sensible choices. If you choose to have a glass of wine….have a glass of water right after….keep hydrated. If you have the glass of wine….remember to track this….one glass of wine is about 150 calories! Tiffany’s TRICK: I make Pink Lemonade Crystal Light and pour it into a fancy pitcher. I serve my guest blush colored wine. I pour my Pink Lemonade Crystal Light into a wine glass (makes me feel special…LOL). My guests and I are now drinking the same colored drink and I don’t feel deprived!

4. EAT YOUR FAVORITE DISH! Don’t deprive yourself by skipping something that you look forward to all year, this will only leave you feeling disappointed. The key is to eat this item in moderation. Is it Aunt Suzy’s sweet potatoes, Grandma’s homemade stuffing, Mom’s cranberry salad, Uncle Steve’s upside down caramel apple pie, etc…?? Make this item your “treat”….but eat it in moderation and you will likely feel satisfied having had a traditional treat.

5. BRING A DISH TO PASS! Your family will be impressed by your culinary skills and you will have a side dish that you know is acceptable for you to eat! You could bring a vegetable salad, fruit salad, stuffed tomatoes with Chobani Greek yogurt, steamed asparagus, bountiful lettuce salad with mixed veggies, etc…. You now have a great side dish to compliment your healthy lifestyle and can fill your plate with this “good” option as well!

6. DON’T WEAR JOGGING PANTS TO THE DINNER TABLE! If you wear something “too comfy” to the dinner table, you will likely not feel the effects of the fullness you are experiencing while you are eating. Wear pants or bottoms that are fitted …..this will help you “stop” when you are feeling full. Loose fitting clothing tends to stretch and give you room to keep eating!

7. WATCH THE EXTRAS! Feasts of food, such as Thanksgiving, typically mean bowls of miscellaneous candy sitting around, creamer for the coffee, full fat sour cream, gravy, real butter, whipped cream toppings, etc…. If you are going to have the Pumpkin Pie, skip the whipped topping. Have a cup of coffee, but skip the creamer. Walk by the bowl of candy and remember that you are going to indulge in your treat from Item #4 above. Have a small serving of mashed potatoes, but skip the sour cream or gravy topping.

8. LAST BUT NOT LEAST……REMEMBER TO GIVE THANKS! Remember what this day and time is all about. Give thanks for the wonderful blessings that you have been given. Remember to take time to enjoy your family and friends. Remember to enjoy your life and everything that you work hard for! Even when times are tough…..we all have blessings in our life (i.e. health, family, friends, food, employment, shelter, etc…). GIVE THANKS!

I hope that all of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and enjoy your day with family and friends. Hit an Ellipse studio on Thanksgiving morning for your work-out, eat sensibly, drink your water, and enjoy your day!


What’s Your Journey?

This week as I was taking part in Carrie’s kick-boxing class, she asked a very good question to the class. She asked, “What’s Your Journey?”

I want you to think about this question for a moment. What is it that drives you to come to class and improve or maintain your health and wellness? Is it exactly that… want to maintain your health and wellness? Does it offer you “me time” to come to class and exercise your body? Are you trying to lose weight? Do you have child getting married and want to tone up before the big day? Did you have a baby and need to shed the extra baby-weight? I know that there are a million reasons for people to come to class and I think that Carrie’s question was great because sometimes we lose sight of our “journey’ and we just start going through the motions.

It is so important to not only make the commitment to yourself to attend class, but completely engage your body and mind into the exercise to get the most out of your work-out. Next time you step foot into Ellipse, I want you to forget about the mountain of clothes at home that need to be washed, the dog that needs to get fed, the report you need to write for class, the treats you need to make for your child’s birthday snack at school, the last phone call you had from work, etc…. NEXT TIME YOU COME TO CLASS…..TOTALLY THINK ABOUT YOU! I want you to look in the mirror and say “The next 45 minutes are all about me and my journey”. It’s OK to be a little selfish and think about yourself for 45 minutes! We spend so much time worrying about being a good mom, dad, husband, wife, employee, employer, friend, volunteer, grandparent, sister, and/or brother…..that we take little time to worry about ourselves and what matters to YOU! Next time you come to class, I want you to totally engage in your workout and challenge yourself: Touch your gloves at the top of each jumping jack, pull back every punch, kick every kick as high as you can, suck in your abs on every squat or lunge, do one more push-up on your toes, lift a little heavier weight than your used to!! Challenge yourself and get the most out of your work-out….this is your journey!!

This is a big lesson that I had to learn in my journey…..It is OK for me to take the time and make the commitment to myself for my journey of a healthy and happy life. I gave 110% to my family, friends, and career…..and ultimately took very little time for myself, which is what lead me to a point in my life that I was 237 pounds on a 5’2” frame and on the verge of Diabetes at age 30. It was a matter of re-prioritizing my life and taking that extra 10% and giving myself credit for that time. You can do this too! Your friends, family, and co-workers will understand that you are taking just a little time away from them to promote health in your life. As a matter of fact, they will probably respect the fact that you take enough pride in yourself to feel well enough to come to work on time, be a healthy mom or dad, and be a good friend! This will not only make you happier, but will likely extend your life!!

So I leave you with Carrie’s question: What’s Your Journey??

Make the commitment to yourself today… won’t be disappointed in the rewards!

Tip of the Week: Halloween is OVER! You had your shot at the candy and sweets….it’s time to get them out of the house! If the temptation is there… will likely find yourself with your hand in the candy jar! Remove the temptation!! Donate the candy to a local food pantry or other local facility…..they would be happy to have the donations!