Have My Pumpkin Pie and Eat It Too?! How I’m Gonna Enjoy My Thanksgiving Without [Completely] Sacrificing My Goals

I’m gonna refrain from searching the Internet this morning.  But if I did, how many Thanksgiving-themed fitness and nutrition articles might I find?  Well, whatever that number is, I’m adding one more.

I had a coach once tell me no one cares what I do [for my fitness and nutrition].  People wanna know what they need to do.  I get where he’s coming from, but why do I often get asked about what I eat and do for exercise by people if they don’t care?!

I’m not gonna tell you what you could do or should do, today.  I’m simply gonna share tips on how I’m gonna approach my day and in the order in which I’ll do it.  My goal?  To be intentional, not obsessive, about my day.  I’m gonna enjoy this truly special day with my goals in mind.  You’re welcome to play along at home.


My gym’s closed today.  I’ve got company coming over this morning.  It’s gonna be quick and intense, but I’m gonna do something.  It’ll keep me in the habit and help me wanna make better food choices throughout the day.  Here’s what I’m gonna do this morning.

Set 1 – 1 push up, 3 squats

Set 2 – 2 push-ups, 6 squats

Set 3 – 3 push-ups, 9 squats

Set 4 – 4 push-ups, 12 squats

Set 5 – 5 push-ups, 15 squats

Set 6 – 6 push-ups, 18 squats

Set 7 – 7 push-ups, 21 squats

Set 8 – 8 push-ups, 24 squats

Set 9 – 9 push-ups, 27 squats

Set 10 – 10 push-ups, 30 squats

Eat normally until Thanksgiving dinner

After my workout, I’m gonna eat my normal breakfast and lunch.  This morning, after my workout, I’m gonna have a quinoa spinach scramble.


  • 1 thumb extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 eggs (plus 1 thumb of water)
  • 1 fist spinach
  • 2 cupped hands cooked quinoa
  • Pinch of garlic salt
  • Pinch of lemon pepper


  1. Heat the oil in a nonstick skillet on medium heat.
  2. Whisk the eggs with the water.  Set aside.
  3. Add spinach to skillet.  Cook until wilted.
  4. Pour egg mixture into the skillet.  Let it sit until the mixture begins to bubble.  Scramble the eggs with a wooden spoon or spatula.
  5. When the eggs are nearly cooked, add the quinoa to the skillet.  Mix in well.
  6. Transfer to plate or bowl and garnish with a sprinkle of Parmesan.  (Optional)

For lunch, before heading to my in-laws, I’ll make a Super Shake.


  • Ice (I like more ice to make my Super Shake thicker)
  • Water (less water equals thicker shake and vice versa)
  • 1 banana
  • 1 fist spinach
  • 2 scoops of vanilla-flavored whey protein powder
  • 2 thumbs natural peanut butter


  1. Add all of the ingredients into a blender
  2. Blend
  3. Enjoy

Graze, not gorge

There will be a lot of food available throughout today.  I’m gonna enjoy it.  But I’m gonna be careful not to overeat.  I’m gonna keep this question in mind.  Would I be able to go for a walk or run around with my kids after eating without the fear of soiling myself?  (You’re welcome to a different, less dirty, thought.)

Eat slowly

I’ve seen articles that show healthy substitutes for Thanksgiving favorites.  That’s cool and all, but two things.  First, I’m not preparing any of the foods.  Second, I wanna eat my favorites.  But I’m gonna eat them slowly, enjoying each bite and the company with whom I’m sharing them.

Get outta the house

Whether it’s going for walk or going window shopping (maybe both), I’m gonna get outta the house.  More specifically, I’m gonna get away from the food in the house.

In all things, be thankful

I’ve so much to be thankful for.  Today, I wanna meditate on all that I’ve to be thankful for, not fixate on what I should or shouldn’t eat.