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Biggest Loser 2011 Thanksgiving Dinner

Tuesday night’s Biggest Loser featured a Thanksgiving meal for the participants. It looked really yummy! For these recipes go to The Biggest Loser page on NBC.com:

Other Recipes on NBC.com not shown on last night’s episode:

Thanksgiving Tips:

Remember, just because it’s Thanksgiving doesn’t mean you need to make TONS of food! Just make a delicious, healthful spread and focus on the meaning behind the holiday: Giving Thanks!

I would recommend eating a healthful breakfast – something like steel cut oats with chopped apples and walnuts and a glass of milk. This will get your metabolism going for the day.

If your celebration dinner is at lunch time, try to limit your calories to 650-800 calories. If possible, space it out into two 300-400 calorie mini-meals. If you’re not in charge of the menu, offer to bring a couple of side dishes that will help you avoid the fat-laden foods. Don’t feel like you have to taste everything on the buffet! Eat a balanced, nutritious meal and really enjoy it!

If you’re waiting till late afternoon or evening to eat your main meal for the day, enjoy a light snack (like the Spinach Salad with Pears and Pomegranate with the Roasted Carrots and Parsnips or Beet Chips listed above), then keep your main meal restricted to 650-700 calories.

Also, you will boost your metabolism significantly if you go for a 20-40 minute brisk walk after dinner. So, grab the family and walk around the neighborhood or go outside and start a game of tag football or soccer. Nothing like family competition to keep the energy up!

Don’t forget to watch The Biggest Loser’s Thanksgiving Special Episode on Wednesday night at 9PM EST (8PM CST) on NBC.

For the 2010 menu, check out last year’s blog post.

Happy New Year!

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New Years is a good time to look back over the last year and set goals for the new one. I look back and see some things I’d like to do better this coming year. I’m hesitant to write them out because it seems like if I tell other people my goals, I’m less likely to do them. So I’m posing them with a “Let’s see…” phrase instead of as an “I will…” statement.

Things I’d like to do this year:

  1. Let’s see if I can live a simpler, calmer life and resist the temptation to busy myself and fret over things I can’t change this year.
  2. Let’s see how many days I can read my Bible this year.
  3. Let’s see if I can share the gospel with more people this year (to do this, I have to make the gospel more of a priority in my own life: see #2).
  4. Let’s see how many days I can walk 3 miles this year (I still want to do strength training, Pilates and Yoga as well).
  5. Let’s see if I can get to sleep earlier and get up earlier this year.
  6. Let’s see if I can do with less coffee and more water this year (I won’t eliminate coffee because I believe there are some health benefits to the beverage in moderation, but I do need to drink more water).
  7. Let’s see if I can eat well this year (sub-goals of this would be to see if I can limit dessert to only once a week at most, not drink soda, stick primarily to the outside aisle of the grocery store, concentrating on produce and fresh, all-natural meats and eggs, limit dairy products other than yogurt, and reduce my intake of items that contain gluten).
  8. Let’s see if I can get certified as an A.C.E. Personal Trainer this year (my study materials arrived this week!).
  9. Let’s see if I can read more books and watch less TV this year.
  10. Let’s see if I can live on a tight budget and still save this year.

Finally, I wanted to share a prayer that has been hanging in our house since I was a little girl, The Serenity Prayer:

“God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

“Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.
Amen.”

–Reinhold Niebuhr