Thursday, November 18, 2010
Earning Your Turkey
This is going to sound like I'm one of "those" people when I say this, but one thing that makes eating fun is feeling like I've earned it. By earn, I mean I have already or am about to burn off a large portion of the calories I wish to consume. An example: I love Olive Garden, but I only go after running a marathon. Why? Because I don't want just the salad and bread sticks. No, I want the deliciousness I can't even pronounce that I saw on the latest Olive Garden commercial. But I won't really enjoy it if I don't think I've earned it. And for the calorific (I don't even want to know) goodness that is eating at Olive Garden, only a marathon will do.
So, when Thanksgiving approaches, I begin to think of ways to earn it. A local Turkey Trot is one way. A walk with Chance and any available family between feedings. A long run before or a few days after. High mileage and light eating the week before. Lots of shopping the next day. Any of these options will do.
I found a great article in Runner's world that discusses this. It is called "The Runner's Holiday Weight-Loss Plan" and I think it has some great tips for watching the waistline during the holiday season. I don't think I'm alone when I say that I want to enjoy all the goodies the holiday season brings, but I don't want there to be any proof afterward. Vain? Nah. As a runner, it isn't all about looks (although...it is some). It is about staying light on my feet, staying healthy and strong, and yes, even looking good in my jeans.
So give the article a read and enjoy your Thanksgiving meal. And if none of that appeals, you could always try this:
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