Life Lately: Thanksgiving Food and Fitness

How’s everyone feeling after their post Thanksgiving food coma? Taking a second to get back to my last post, if you’re dreading today as the day that you have to beat yourself up for everything you ate over the weekend, please stop that (saying it a little nicer this time). Today is not the day to crush yourself in the gym to work through your food guilt– today is just another day to continue your healthy, moderate lifestyle. Just another Tuesday, just another week. Cool? Cool. Moving on.

Thanksgiving for us was spread out a bit, which is much better for us than trying to cram in multiple family visits over 1-2 days. Our holiday festivities actually began last Sunday, when Will and I hosted some of my family at our place for a pre-turkey day feast. We started doing this last year, and I really like that we’re keeping the tradition going. It’s really nice to cook for them without the stress of a major holiday gathering!

This year, we started the meal off with some delicious butternut squash soup that Will made. The main meal was roasted chicken with root vegetables accompanied by homemade macaroni and cheese. Dessert was my apple pie, which I changed up a little this year with a crumb topping instead of the traditional crust topping. I must say, I liked it better this way and will probably keep making it like this from now on.






It was such a wonderful, low key day to spend with family, and it was a great opportunity for them to see our new apartment for the first time.

Fast forward a few days and it was time for actual Thanksgiving, which we spent with Will’s family in Connecticut. We were lucky to spend the day with family, catching up and eating delicious food, not the least of which was the turkey that my brother in law had raised– can’t get much more fresh or local than that. I didn’t take any pictures of the food that day though — just trust me when I say that I ate well. Very well.


I’m not going to lie, I also spent a good part of my day visiting with the two mini goats that my in laws have, they are just so darn cute!


To me, time off for holidays usually means time away from my usual workout routine. I still get some workouts in, but they’re usually away from my gym, since my gym is at work. This year was no different in this regard, and I even had a couple of workout highlights in the past week despite being away from my usual routine.


  • I took advantage of some unseasonably warm temps for a backyard kettle bell and rope circuit while baking a pie. My favorite kind of multi tasking!
  • Wednesday, I did yoga for the first time in at least a year. It was exactly the kind of movement that my body needed that day, and I felt absolutely amazing afterward. It reminded me how incredible yoga makes me feel, and made me realize how much I need to bring it back into my life.


  • A not so successful run. I went out for a hilly 4, but about 2.5 miles in, my right IT band started biting at my knee and that was it. I did a really ugly walk/jog combination to get home, but my IT band was not having any jogging for more than about 10 steps at a time. It was frustrating, and certainly not the way I intended on starting my Thanksgiving. But did I let that stop me from eating all the pie my little heart desired? Of course not.


I may have been hurting, but the views were still amazing! 

Post Thanksgiving:

  • I most definitely did not beat myself up with grueling workouts following the holiday; in fact, the next time I laced up my sneakers was Sunday morning. Holiday food guilt has no place in my brain! Anyway, Sunday morning I went out for a run, intending on doing 4 or maybe 5 miles depending on how I felt. I intentionally ran a very flat route in order to keep my IT band (hopefully) happy, and without the hills of my usual loop, I cruised through 6.2 miles quite easily! I felt wonderful, I had a great time for me (average of 8:59 min/mile), and my IT band only nagged a little bit on a few small inclines. I’d call that a huge win for the weekend! Carb loading pays off, and this is proof.*

*Totally non-scientific proof.


Now I’m back in the swing of things and life is good. We have a few holiday parties coming up as well as a weekend in NYC, so I feel like this holiday season is just going to cruise on by.  Hopefully I can find a little down time in there somewhere to relax, but in the meantime, I’m ready to enjoy one of my favorite times of year.

Readers: How do you change up your workouts when you’re on a break for a holiday? Do you have any exciting holiday plans coming up?

2 thoughts on “Life Lately: Thanksgiving Food and Fitness

  1. Enjoying the common sense approach to the holiday interruptions in your workouts. I tend to flex my workouts around what is going on. I had signed up for the Manchester road race but it didn’t end up fitting in the schedule (called reality) so I did a virtual run at my in-laws and called it good, yoga the next morning before family golf, and a turkey trot with family Saturday! And plenty of eating to go along. Glad you enjoyed yoga!

  2. Loved this post and could totally relate! We did a very similar meal with my parents when they came down a few weeks ago- I served homemade pumpkin soup and roast chicken with root veggies and a funky veggie stuffing my sister made… and homemade pumpkin pie for dessert. I loveeee Thanksgiving foods (give me all the stuffing!) and did not deprive myself of anything. Lots of wine, turkey, stuffing, potatoes and the most amazing pumpkin bread pudding! Congrats on your long run! I didn’t work out the day after Thanksgiving because we went wedding dress shopping- my sister laughed saying that only I would want to go dress shopping the day after Thanksgiving, which is funny because that thought never even popped into my head. I ate on Thanksgiving and that was it. No more thought went into it!

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