Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, Girlfriend! We had a lovely, relaxing day being thankful for great food, wonderful family and friends, and thinking of all the good in our lives.
The Faux Diet Queen (or as we affectionately call her, FDQ) has agreed to share her latest (and last) weight loss journey with us as a regular feature at Girlfriendology. We hope you’ll join us to cheer her on, nudge her back on track when she strays, and generally giggle along. Like many of us, the hilarious Faux Diet Queen spent yesterday gorging on traditional food–and now she is thinking about the consequences.
I don’t know about you, but I did not spend yesterday demurely nibbling on baby lettuce leaves.
Nope. Like many Americans, I spent the day in complete Thanksgiving Tradition: that is, overindulging in every possible way.
Following a light, calorie conscious breakfast of 17 Cinnabon rolls and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the serious indulging began.
They say that the average person gains between seven and eight pounds during the holidays. I have one word for those people: amateurs. I’m pretty sure I gained that much yesterday during one commercial.
Here are my tips for getting rid of the Thanksgiving weight gain.
Sleep. Sure, you don’t really burn many calories sleeping, but 1. You can’t eat while you’re asleep (even I haven’t figured out how to do that) and 2. You don’t have to look at yourself in the mirror and face reality while you’re asleep.
Go Shopping. Shopping, when done correctly—especially the day after Thanksgiving—is most absolutely an aerobic sport.
Indulge in Something Superfluous. Take a few moments to get new shoes, a new hair-do. Even a new lipstick can work wonders for appetite control. Note: new food items like interesting cheese, indulgent wines, and inspirational desserts are not superfluous; they are necessities and don’t fall into this category.
Clean the House. (Even as I write that I am laughing so hard I am snorting Diet Coke out my nose.) If you are motivated to clean, you should feel doubly proud of the calories you’re burning. And please be sure to let me know what a clean house looks like.
But in the end, my best advice is: Get Over It. It’s Thanksgiving. It’s Tradition. It’s food, national pride, family, football, and a day off all rolled into one. So what if the price is a bit of extra flab? There’s plenty of time to get rid of it—after we finish all the leftovers, that is.
The Faux Diet Queen is a Girlfriend and a Half, trying to find her Skinny Self. She did not watch her calories on Thanksgiving, and plans to make up for it…sooner or later. She promises to be absolutely truthful in this blog (although she may stretch a point now and then) and to share the good, the bad, and the frustrations of weight-loss.
Girlfriends – how was your Thanksgiving? Any stories to share with the Faux Diet Queen?
Girlfriendology / Debba here: We love our girlfriends no matter what size jeans they wear or what the scales tell them if they’re brave enough to get on them. (Something I personally avoid like the plague.) But, we also want our girlfriends to be around and healthy for a long time. We’re sharing this journey that our girlfriend, FDQ (the FAB Faux Diet Queen) because it’s what girlfriends do – we go through life and diets together (and shoe shopping, and highs and lows …). Join us on her journey to fitness and good health. We’re excited for her to motivate and inspire us all!