Alternative Ways to Indulge this Thanksgiving

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Most of us celebrate Thanksgiving. Well, I know I do.

You know the story. The Pilgrims came over on the Mayflower and then they made a meal with the Native Americans. Someone brought a turkey. Someone else brought some corn. Then someone brought some sweet potatoes, right? It was a great healthy meal that symbolized how thankful we are for everything we have.

What I want to know is… who is the jerk who started bringing pies and cakes?

Food Addicts Fear Thanksgiving

Yep, Thanksgiving is coming up. For a food addict it brings a lot of fear. Sure, most people say it is just “one meal.” Well, it is one meal for me. And that meal is from Thanksgiving all the way to New Years!

So today I thought I would give five great things to do on Thanksgiving. Sure everyone will enjoy their meal. Yes, most people will overeat. But there are other things to do on Thanksgiving….

5 Things to do on Thanksgiving

1. Work Out

Since you are an Anytime Fitness member this is a no brainer. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year! ALWAYS OPEN! You can go workout in the morning or right before Thanksgiving dinner.

There are also tons of 5K Turkey Trots and other activities around your community! Try something new this year!

2. Go to a movie

There is always a great movie to see and what better time than a day when you are off from work! Now, you need to stay away from the candy counter, but what a great time to watch a new movie with your family, a significant other or by yourself! I think the new Denzel Washington movie is supposed to be good.

3. Watch and play football

There are always some good NFL games on. The Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys play every year. Yeah, so maybe these games are the best but it’s still the NFL. Or do something even more fun. Go outside, throw the ball, and start a pick up game. Talk about active!

4. Stand outside Best Buy for a TV

Black Friday has become a sport. I have to admit, I am impressed with people who actually get the 60 inch TV for three bucks. Yet, it is not easy. You have to camp out, go inside, get the product, and then wait in line. Most people miss Thanksgiving dinner for this.

And the main thing.

5. Prepare/Watch what you eat

Full warning, it’s incredibly hard to accurately count calories on turkey day. But hey, it is once a year.

  • Limit your portion size.
  • Make sure your plate has a good amount of vegetables and protein on it.
  • Make a commitment to yourself to only get one serving of your favorite things.
  • Make sure that Thanksgiving is a one meal/day event.

Also, do not feel guilty or bad about what you eat but make sure that Friday morning you are back at the gym.

Remember what the Holidays are about

Holidays should focus on spending time with family and loved ones, but food will always be there. It is not a time to be worried about how much and what you eat. It will be so much easier if you prepare yourself before dinner.

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Tony Posnanski is a renowned blogger, chef, and Anytime Fitness member. Tony was once 400 pounds but has lost 200 pounds. He writes about weight loss, fitness, motivation and more on his blog The Anti Jared.