The 8 Weeks Until Thanksgiving Challenge

Yesterday at my weekly meeting with WW, we were told about the 8 Weeks Until Thanks Giving Challenge, or 8WUTC. This is a challenge where we set a goal of how much we want to lose each week until then, or just reach a certain weight by then. Our leader handed out index cards where we were to write down ouer goal. We could write just that we wanted to lose .5 a lb every week for 8 weeks, or an overall number. Mine? I wrote down that I’d like to lose .5-1lb a week until then, for a total of 4-8 lbs, or that I would like to be down to 190. I didn’t want to write down that I’d definitely do 1 lb a week, because I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to accomplish that and I’m not trying to disappoint myself. I lost about 10 lbs in August, however I gained 4 right at the beginning of the month, and lost it and another 6. So technically if you think about it I lost about 6 lbs in August, and another 4 in September. I certainly think it’s quite doable to lose 4 lbs a month until we reach Thanksgiving, but if I only lose 4 lbs total I won’t be sad!

I don’t know if it’s finally get into the 19’s or what, but at this point as long as I’m going to STAY under 200, I think I’ll be happy. I never want to see 200 again. I can’t say it’ll NEVER happen because I can’t predict the future, and who knows if I’ll be as gung ho about all of this next year? I certainly hope so, but I don’t want to promise I’m going to do something and then not. This may sound like I’m a commitment phobe, but I assure you I AM NOT. I just REALLY don’t like dissappointing myself. I’d rather take one day at time than swear I will do something and set my self up for failure. I really do think that I can lose 8 lbs by then, and hot damn would that be fantastical!

In other exciting Thanksgiving news, I have volunteerd to HOST! I figure this way I will have control over what’s on the dinner table, and everyone will have to suck it up. Just kidding…kind of. I am still going to have all of the delectable fixin’s, but in a low fat way. I plan on having both a Turkey, and a Ham. I’m a ham gal, and my mom ALWAYS makes sure to have AT LEAST ham for all Holiday occasions for me and my dad. I also plan to try out Fauxtatoes…I recently heard of these, not sure how they taste or what they consist of so this will have to be something I guinea pig before the big day. I will have green bean casserole, in a lowfat version, which I KNOW is a huge hit with my fam. I made it last year for my mom’s Thanksgiving and it was gone in seconds, literally. I put all of the same stuff in, but I get fat free cream of mushroom, no salt added canned french cut green beans, fat free milk, I add some fresh mushrooms, and then the topping is STILL fried onions, except I don’t use the whole can. Really that’s where MOST of the points come from in a green bean casserole, and it still packs its weight in flavor going halfsies on it. Using the whole can is outrageous, and delicious, but just not necessary. I wish they made some low fat fried onions! IDEA: Perhaps I will research this and try to make my own, BOOYA! Among these dishes there will also be low fat mac and cheese, salad with fat free dressing options, sweet potato casserole (this is my dad’s fave so I will make it as fattening as he likes ;) ), steamed broccoli, steamed carrots, and a lowfat stuffing. For dessert? I’m going to attempt a Cheesecake Factory pumpkin cheesecake. THIS is going to be FULL CALORIE. But I will also have a fat free no bake pumpkin cheesecake as well. Cheesecake is my absolute weakness! I hosted Easter dinner last year and it was all lowfat, except for the Cheesecake Factory Banana Cream Pie Cheesecake I made myself. I made sure to send a piece home with whoever wanted it so there was none left over. Perhaps I’ll nix the real cheesecake alltogether, I don’t know. I don’t want to make EVERYONE have to diet just because I want to have more freedom when it comes to filling up my plate, but I still think that everything is still absolutley delicious, it’s just made with less fattening ingredients and not loaded up with salt.

Last night for dinner I made some Turkey Stuffed Peppers from Skinny Taste. MAN were these delicious. However, my fiance’s brother who is now living with us, did not seem enthused because I didn’t use ground beef. He asked “Is this chicken?…Oh, I’m just used to ground beef like my parents do it.” Well, first of all, this ain’t ya parents house! Just kidding. But, this just made me fearful that this will be peoples reactions on Thanksgiving. “You don’t have fat Ranch Dressing? Oh….” My hopes are that seeing that everything is low fat, but still tastes delicious, will perhaps make people realize that they can STILL ENJOY their food, without slowly kiling themselves in the process.

My mom is always so amazed when she tries one of my low fat recipes and it’s actually good. Well, DUH. I don’t think I’d have survived this long if they sucked. She has been on WW more than once, and was successful each time. Why she didn’t stick to it? Who knows. I just know that I’ve watched more than one person around me give up on it, either thinking it didn’t work, or thinking they could do it on their own, and failed. There’s a reason they offer a Lifetime Member option, so that you’re never alone! However, anytime I try to urge my mother to buy low fat milk, or lean meats she swears up and down that it’s my father who won’t allow that. First of all, she has Type 2 Diabetes, so if my dad HAS TO have sweets after dinner, she doesn’t. Or, she could start buying sugar free sweets, ALL of the time. Secondly, my father is not the one who is obese. Sure he packs a beer belly, but he’s 6’3″, and looks pretty good for a 53 year old in my opinion. She’s in the 199-205 range most of the time, which isn’t terrible, but she could have beaten her diabetes right now if she’d just give it a fair shot. I bet if I talked to my dad he’d be absolutely fine with turkey bacon and egg whites if it meant it would make my mother healthier. He’d be absolutely on board with cutting down on the sweets, and buying low fat milk if it meant she would lose weight and perhaps her diabetes too. I guess I’ll have a talk with him soon. If I can’t change my friends minds, or strangers, I feel like my next goal for the 8WUTC should be to get my mom back on the wagon with me!

What are your goals for Thanksgiving?

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