I don’t want to feel stuffed like a turkey on Thanksgiving

This year Thanksgiving will be celebrated quietly at home with my immediate family. Because of the small size I decided to make everything from scratch…no short cuts! It’s fun to research great recipes and developed a beautiful menu. We will will have a turkey and my husband handles all the brining, cooking and carving with care. I am in charge of side dishes and we all will have input on desert. My daughter is saying pumpkin pie. You know what I hate about the holidays…it’s that stuffed like a turkey feeling!

At age 50-something, it is harder to get rid of those stubborn 5-10 pounds. I have to move more, sweat more, and eat better. Notice I didn’t say less….just better. I am of the peanut butter and grape jelly on white bread generation. I was eating PBJ’s for breakfast and sometimes having one as a late night snack…not good! I recently re-joined WW (formerly known as Weight Watchers). Their new more customized plan, myWW, really focuses on your lifestyle and what kind of eater you are. Their SmartPoints values are still based on calories, saturated fat, sugar and protein. However, they now have three options: green, blue and purple, that are customized to enable you to lose weight, your way. I have chosen their purple plan. With purple I am eating more fruits and vegetables, lean proteins and whole grains. I am finding that by eating more vegetables and whole grains I feel satisfied for longer periods of time. I actually lost a pound this week.

My take on losing weight is don’t do it alone. Have a friend or family member join in on the journey. I have my network of people that are now on myWW with me and its great to share recipes and foods that work on our plan. Listen, it doesn’t have to be myWW…find a plan that works for you and just stick with it. Don’t give up if you have a crappy week and gain a little. Stay the course and be in it for the long term. You are what you eat and its never too late to lose those annoying few pounds. You are going to feel so much better and look great!

By the way, this year we are making a cauliflower stuffing. Since we wanted to stay “on points” I found this recipe on http://www.delish.com. It is low carb and full of flavor. It is not low fat, but hey, its Thanksgiving….be grateful and enjoy your holiday meal with your friends and family.

Jane xo

P.S. If you are interested in receiving my famous pumpkin bread recipe, complete the below form and I will email you my recipe. Note, it is not gluten free and can contain nuts if you chose.