I have a plan for Thanksgiving

Today is the eve of the Thanksgiving Holiday here in the US. The day after is my weekly weigh-in. In this post I am going to tell you my plan for staying on track tomorrow.

Before I dive into the Thanksgiving day plan, let me tell you what I’ve been doing this week to prepare myself. Since last Friday’s weigh-in, I have concentrated on eating a very healthy diet. I’ve focused on salads and fresh fruits. I’ve had a few eggs for protein, and we have had fish for dinner twice this week. I’ve kept my snacking to a minimum, and when I have snacked it has been fresh fruits. My hydration is up to date. I have also been to the gym every day except Sunday, and since my weigh in I have logged 31km toward my Daytona 500km challenge.

Tomorrow will be a challenge. The meal itself will be large. Along with that we’ll have appetizers and dessert. Dinner will be relatively early, so there is the chance of late day snacking (or another whole meal) derailing me. But, I have a plan!

4:30am- Wake up and head to the gym. Ideally I will do 10km, depending on how the blisters on my foot feel. Worst case I will do 5km

7:00am – Arrive home and have a banana for breakfast, along with coffee and water. Keeping it light.

Around noon- My wife will bring out the appetizers. She is making hummus and vegetables, and also cheese and crackers. I am a sucker for cheese and crackers, as well as hummus. This is a danger time. I plan to have plenty of fresh vegetables, and limit myself to only a very small helping of the hummus. I am planning to avoid the cheese altogether. a 1/2 cup serving of hummus would be 6 points. Doubtful I will have that much, but that would be the limit. Other than that I would have 0 point fresh vegetables.

4:00pm – Dinner. Here is what’s on the menu:

  • Turkey
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Gravy
  • Stuffing
  • Steamed Broccoli
  • Steamed Corn
  • Green Bean Casserole
  • Crescent Rolls
  • Cranberry Sauce (my wife made it in a quart bowl. It has 1 large orange, a pound of cranberries, and 1.5 cups of sugar)
  • Sweet potatoes

There will also be a bottle of wine out. Water and coffee also.

Let’s start with some elimination. I don’t like sweet potatoes, and I am not really that fond of cranberries. So, I will probably not have any of those.

I can do without gravy on my mashed potatoes, so that takes that out of the picture.

My daughter is making the green bean casserole. I know it is a point trap, but it is one of my most favorite things on the holiday, so I will definitely have a portion.

It isn’t Thanksgiving without stuffing, so I will have just a bit of that as well.

That leaves me with:


  • Turkey (5oz – 6 points)
  • Mashed Potatoes (1/2 cup – 3 points)
  • Stuffing (1/4 cup – 3 points)
  • Steamed Broccoli (2 servings – 2 points)
  • Steamed Corn (1/2 cup – 2 points)
  • Green Bean Casserole (1 serving – 6 points)
  • Crescent Rolls (1 – 3 points)

Given these quantities, that would make it a 24 point meal. That doesn’t include a glass of wine, or dessert.

My future daughter-in-law is making Cherry Cheesecake for dessert. I plan to have 1/2 of a piece or less. That should keep it to about 5 points.

Add in a 5oz glass of white wine, and the total for the dinner, with dessert, is 33 points. That is a monstrous meal, but within my limit for the day. My present limit is 46 points. With the hummus earlier in the day I would still have 7 to spare in case I miscalculated anywhere.

It’s not my ideal Thursday eating plan, and there is a chance that it could make my weight tick up just a bit at my weigh-in. And that is ok.

The important thing about tomorrow isn’t the food, it is being in the warm embrace of family. Whatever the day brings, and even if I skid off on my points, my focus will be on enjoying the time together with my wife, and my children. For me, Thanksgiving will be about the people at the table, not the food on the table.

What is your plan?



  1. That is an amazing and crazy plan. No wonder you have done so well. I haven’t been home for 24 hours and I have already done so poorly. That will stop now.

    Having said that, if the vegetables are only steamed with no butter or salt on them, shouldn’t they be “zero” points? I forget now.

    You are right, it isn’t about the food, it is about the people. But this is an eye opener. Reminds me the failure to plan, is a plan for failure. I am so proud and inspired of/by you.


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