With the 5K now two weeks away, shockingly, my “training” will be lightening up a bit. This is partially because of the holiday and partially because I’m not supposed to do much two days before the race. Although I’m scheduled for two rest days before the 5K, I may try to squeeze in some Pilates so my body isn’t totally shocked on Sunday. Anyway, if you’re interested, below is a rough outlook of what my next two weeks will look like. The pink shading means I can switch around any of those workouts to accommodate my schedule, but shouldn’t be removed completely from my schedule.
I’m actually really glad that Thanksgiving is falling on the week before the race, because now I will have to make more of an effort to refrain from downing an entire pie. This will also save me from looking like this.
So what will be my go-to strategy for avoiding the holiday gorging?
- I read somewhere once that if you approach a high-calorie food with the mindset that you are going for your second helping, you will trick your mind into actually believing it. (It takes a lot to trick this noggin when it comes to homemade cookies!)
- I plan on snacking on the veggie tray before dinner. This usually helps fill me up before I fill my plate.
- Sometimes when I know I’m going to be surrounded by my favorite foods, I’ll do a quick assessment before filling my plate. I’ll rate the foods I won’t be able to have again until next Thanksgiving and I start eliminating options from there.
- Believe it or not, the “putting your fork down between bites” trick works. It forces you to slow down and enjoy your food and also makes you more aware of how much you’re actually shoveling in.
- Water, water, water. I usually start filling up my glass an hour or two before dinner and keep it going.
- If possible, I’ll try to have a cup of coffee after dinner. It helps fill me up and usually occupies me long enough for my Grandma to get the desserts packed away.
Feel free to steal these tricks if you plan on being mindful of your intake this holiday season, and also feel free to laugh out loud at these if you plan on thoroughly indulging.
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