26 responses

  1. seeleelive
    November 21, 2008

    I can relate to you in the sense that i’m looking forward to turkey day as well! this is one of the first thanksgivings where I will be healthy and have a healthy attitude towards food. i am looking forward to taking all the experiences in through all my 5 senses throughout the day. smell the pumpkin, see the parade, feel the family hugs, taste the homemade cranberry sauce, and ear the joys of laughter from my grandfather. And it helps to KNOW the main focus of the day is being surrounded by family and friends!! The food is just, ya know, a bonus! 😀
    the best tip i can give is to eat normally as you would any day!! A good hearty breakfast, a snack in between and depending on when you actually eat the “Feast”, mayeb a light lunch. no deprivation allowed! My nutritionist also told me that feeling so full on thanksgiving is actually part of the experience. my family and i usualy eat around 3, so by 10 or so we are fully digested and sometimes even get our appetites back!!

  2. VeggieGirl
    November 21, 2008

    Tomato chutney?!?!?! Yes, please!!!

    Good luck with the boundaries!!

  3. Maggie
    November 21, 2008

    I am definitely excited for Thanksgiving. I think it might just be me and Bobby so I don’t really have to worry about social eating. I would say make sure there’s a veggie plate on the app table and load up on that 🙂

    All those goodies look great!

  4. Jen-ucf
    November 21, 2008

    I am so excited for Thanksgiving, as I am the main chef (haha) and I love cooking. And im very excited to go home despite the 6 hour drive. Im most excited to see my doggie! Im going to try to make the meal healthy as possible but still flavorful and yummy of coarse. And I plan to eat everything in moderation. Some sad news though I just found out yesterday Im allergic to dairy, eggs, and gluten! But the doc said I could eat those things if I wanted on Thanksgiving but then steer clear of them after that. Also Im not really a runner but going for a run Thanksgiving morning sounds like a good idea and it would be nice to take a cruise around my neighborhood.

  5. Meghann
    November 21, 2008

    Jen! I can’t wait to meet you on Saturday! (I hope this is the right Jen?)

  6. sweetandnatural
    November 21, 2008

    I am SO excited for Thanksgiving – I’ve been counting down since Nov. 1st! I’m doing it with the bf’s family for the first time this year, so I’m looking forward to seeing what kinds of traditions they have and what their favorite holiday foods are. His sister already volunteered me to make my pumpkin muffins, so I know those will be on the menu!

  7. Jen-ucf
    November 21, 2008

    haha yeah same Jen! Im looking foward to meeting you too and going on a nice bike ride!

  8. Mel
    November 21, 2008

    Those candy cane joe’s are amazing. They had them as samples this weekend when I was a Trader Joe’s, and I’m really glad I didn’t buy a box or else I would have eaten them all!

    As for Thanksgiving, I actually have two to go to, so it’s going to be interesting. I usually just take a little bit of what I want, and eat slowly. I know it will be a little higher in calories but as long as I don’t stuff myself, it shouldn’t be too bad.

  9. Natalie
    November 21, 2008

    We need a few Trader Joe’s in Florida!!

    For thanksgiving, I definitely eat what I want but don’t go overboard and stuff myself. It’s only once a year, so you definitely have to enjoy!

  10. Allison
    November 21, 2008

    Hi! I have been reading your blog for a few weeks but this is my first time commenting. I am also a recent grad so I feel like your world is similar to mine!

    I have a question for you after the “cute waiter” discussion from this morning. When you start a new relationship with a guy, will you continue to photograph every meal/snack, even when you are with that person? I am just asking because it is an unusual habit that most people (especially a guy I would think!) wouldn’t really understand at first. I just got to thinking about it and was curious! Anyone else have any thoughts on that?

  11. Meghann
    November 21, 2008

    Hi Allison! That’s a good question and one that Caitlin and I actually were discussing last night. I think we both agreed that it would be kind of weird to photograph the food on the first date, but beyond that I think the guy would have to understand. I mean the blog is a part of who I am and if he thinks I’m too weird for taking pictures of food then I’m to weird for him. 🙂 I usually have no problem breaking out the camera with anyone I’m with and find it a great conversation piece. I love telling new people about my blog and so far no one has had anything negative to say about it.

  12. Andrea [bellaeats]
    November 21, 2008

    Yay Thanksgiving!!! I am sooooo excited. Hubby and I are hosting 5 of our friends this year…none of us could get home to see family so we decided to have Thanksgiving together! We’re providing the turkey, stuffing, ‘taters, a BIG pan of roasted veggies and homemade dinner rolls. Everybody else is bringing a side or dessert and a bottle of wine. There will be SO MUCH food, and I’m battling between “go ahead, eat what you want! thanksgiving only comes once a year!” and “be smart. count calories. everything in moderation.” Aaaaahhhhh….what to do!?!? I really appreciate the boundaries you’ve set for yourself, and think I need to come up with my own…

  13. Andrea (Off Her Cork)
    November 21, 2008

    I’m definitely running in the morning for sure! And I’ll have breakfast although a light one because I’m going to try and have the turkey dinner ready earlier in the day. We usually eat in the evenings and that is a pain in the butt, so the goal is to be earlier this year! I’m cutting down on portions and trying to make things a little bit healthier.

  14. Emily
    November 21, 2008

    your # 6 made me smile 🙂

    i just noticed also how your cluster map has grown!

    have a good day.

  15. Leah
    November 21, 2008

    Just curious, have you ever counted calories? Your meals always look so fresh and balanced.. do you know how many calories you get in per day? How often do you weigh yourself??

    Those are great plans that you have for Thanksgiving! I think you’ll do great! Espec’ with that 10 miler the morning of.. wow!

  16. Meghann
    November 21, 2008

    Leah – I counted calories for like a week way back in March and hated it. I was so worried about making my calorie account very low that in the end I was not actually eating enough food, and definitely was not balanced. I stopped and instead ate what I saw as balanced meals. I am mindful of how many caloires are in meals, but I don’t let it control my life. I actually felt like when I stopped counting calories that alot of the weight just melted off naturally, rather then me starving my body to force it off. In the end that was just my experience with it, for some people calorie counting works.

  17. Meghann
    November 21, 2008

    Oh and Leah, I don’t actually own a scale. The publix I shop at every Sunday has a big scale and I step on it every week to check my weight. It’s like a weekly check up. I think I would go crazy weighing myself everyday if I actually owned a scale. This way I don’t go over board.

  18. Alison
    November 21, 2008

    I’m spending Thanksgiving with my family in Vermont. I usually make the entire dinner from start to finish which helps me moderate my eating since I’m not all that hungry by dinner time. Unfortunately we are spending Thanksgiving with some friends and not cooking so I have to be careful to watch how much I consume. I usually begin by setting boundaries for myself but, in the end, I never follow through!! I hate that I do it but….. everything is always so good! Have a great Thanksgiving, don’t be to strict with yourself 😉

  19. Leah
    November 21, 2008

    Thanks for the quick reply Meghann! Do you find that your weight fluctuates at all or is usually pretty consistent? I weigh myself pretty frequently.. and I find the fluctuations really get to me. Did you find your weight go “up” at all as you were building muscle? I always get confused with the relation between muscle building and weight gain.

    Sorry for the questions on a Friday haha.. these are just burning q’s that i’ve been wanting to ask!

  20. caitlin
    November 21, 2008

    haha meghann i love that someone else brougtht up the photography on the first date. obviously, you’re not a wacko, nor am i a wacko, but i think we can all agree that most men would think we were weird as shit if we took 5 photos of our entree on the first date LOL

    but second date… maybe. 🙂

  21. Justy2003
    November 21, 2008

    My plan for Thanksgiving is to run in the morning and have my normal breakfast, then have a light lunch, then time for the big turkey dinner around 4ish! I plan on enjoying my Thanksgiving and not being too limiting. One day isn’t gonna kill me and Thanksgiving is all about the food, right?! 🙂 That said, I’m gonna try to take it easy and only eat the things I really like.
    I don’t think it will be as much of a struggle this year because I’m not going home for Thanksgiving (first one away from home! 🙁 ) so there won’t be as many desserts (my weakness!!!) as I’m used to.

  22. Megan
    November 21, 2008

    Yeah for a TJ’s lunch. Looks yummy! I just enjoy myself around the food on Thanksgiving without stressing!

  23. Julz
    November 21, 2008

    Ehh, I get really nervous about Thanksgiving… And the week until Thanksgiving is always very nerve racking for me. I love my family, but both my family and my friends are extremely appearance conscious-oriented and the entire deal makes me so nervous :-\ UGGHHH. Normalcy…. I want it! lol

  24. bobbi
    November 22, 2008

    I too am getting excited, even though I wont be with my parents (which is a first) I think it will be fun to travel (except the cold weather). I am like you, this will be my first TDAY that I have been really watching all the food intake, and living such a healthy lifestyle. I love your tips! I am going to pose a challange for all to post all there miles they run onThanksgiving morning to celebrate together!!! I was going to do a Turkey Trot in Memphis but thats only a 5k and I would love to do a long run, your ten miles have inspired ME!!! I think I will feel great if I run long and then enjoy the yummy food. Keep POTM! O and what is this google reader everyone speaks of?

  25. Meghann
    November 22, 2008

    Hi Leah, sorry this is delayed I’m having laptop issues 🙁 But the beauty of only weighing myself once a week is I don’t see the flucuation as much, I know if I weighed myself everyday that I’m sure I would see it go up and down each day. I did not really see any difference when I started gaining muscle, but I have not actively tried to gain muscle hard core. I just do strength training casually to keep me toned, but I keep it at that.

  26. lauren
    November 24, 2008

    good tips! i wish I would’ve read these before this weekend happened!

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