Thanksgiving 2014

I hope everyone had a wonderful Turkey Day! Mine was spent in Colorado with family, and it was great. And my pledge, that set rules so I could enjoy the day without gratuitous overeating, was a complete success. I actually did more, pledge-wise, than I was planning, because I photographed everything I ate all day, instead of just the big meal. Below are the four rules of the pledge, and how they worked on Thanksgiving Day.

Rule #1: I will exercise on Thanksgiving Day. My sister Sarah and I ran the Louisville Turkey Trot – a 5k race! We actually ran this three years ago (read my recap here), and since then, the race has really grown. In 2011, there were about 600 runners. This year, there were a few thousand. Here’s Sarah and I in the crowd before it started – and this was only about half the crowd:


It was a very casual race. It was free (they accepted donations to the local food bank), they welcomed dogs and strollers, and it wasn’t timed. I timed myself, because I was curious, and crossed the finish line in 31.57. I had a fun time, and it was a great way to get in some activity on the holiday.

Sarah and I rode bikes to the race – it was .9 miles away from Sarah’s house – and even tougher than the race was the bike trip home, when I was already tired, because the route was both uphill and into the wind. That plus the race equaled a great workout.

Rule #2: I will photograph everything I eat during Thanksgiving dinner. Like I mentioned above, I ended up photographing everything I ate all day. Before the race, I had a banana.


We ate a very nice breakfast after the race: an egg casserole, fruit, a small piece of pumpkin bread, and two links of sausage.


We had some appetizers before the big meal, and I had about 2 dozen baby carrots, 2 of which I dipped in a sour cream and onion dip.


I also wanted to try a cheddar cheese with cranberries in it, so I had a little on two Ritz crackers.


My brother-in-law Justin loves thanksgiving and handles most of the cooking, and one of his traditions is to start the meal with an oyster stew.


I made up a plate with a little bit of everything on it: turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, green bean casserole, broccoli, and cranberry sauce. Everything was delicious.


Dessert was a slice of pumpkin pie, with a bit of whipped cream.


Rule #3: I will not get seconds. This rule was hard, but I stuck to it.

Rule #4: I will not graze or pick at food as it is prepared, emerges from the oven, or gets transferred to serving platters or leftover containers. This is always a tough one, but I stuck to this, too, even while making the broccoli, which was the side dish I was responsible for. I started with two pounds of frozen broccoli, which I boiled until it was thawed, and then I drained it and sauteed it with 1 tablespoon of butter, a big spoonful of minced garlic, and Italian seasoning.


Simple, guilt-free, and flavorful.

And there you have it, folks. A successful Thanksgiving. I indulged in everything I wanted, and without pigging out.

Keep it up, David!


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