Finding Balance On Thanksgiving

“He Who Indulges … Bulges.” The sign hanging up at the Y says it all. But what are holiday gatherings if you don’t indulge in the bounty? No pie, gravy or stuffing on Thanksgiving? What??

I guess the bright side for me in my non-dairy predicament is that it will be very easy not to over-indulge this year. But for all of you, what’s your game plan? Don’t just say you’ll enjoy yourself now and work extra heard come January 1. You gotta have a plan.

Every health and fitness site is going to offer ways to trim calories this Thursday. had it’s version emailed to me yesterday. Then, there’s WebMD’s take, Eating Well’s and dozens more (just Google it).

But let’s be real, how hard would it be to sit still while everyone else gets seconds? And desserts? Forget about it.

The best tip out there is to be active. My family has had a pickup game of football after eating for years. This year, some people in my family and some in-laws are doing a 5K before the indulgent meals even begin. If you are in charge of the meal, consider getting your workout in early, before the chaos begins.

Here are two mid-town 5Ks to consider.

* The Dundee-Memorial Park Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot Run and Walk starts at 8:30 a.m. at Memorial Park. I’ll be there. This one benefits the Omaha Food Bank, so registration is five canned foods or a monetary donation. It’s not really a 5K (they call it 5Kish).

* Peak Performance offers the Joslyn Castle Turkey Trot 5K on Thanksgiving Morning with a 9 a.m. start at Turner Park at Midtown Crossing between Dodge and Farnam at 31st Street. You can go to to register; in person on Wednesday at Packet Pickup at Joslyn Castle, 3902 Davenport St., between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.; or on Thanksgiving morning at Turner Park between 7 and 8:45 a.m.

They’re good for the whole family, so bundle everyone up – kids too! – and head out to one. These aren’t meant to be competitive, so don’t use the excuse that you haven’t trained for them. Just get out there and move.

I’ll leave you with this thought from

“Be a little selfish and take some time to be thankful for your amazing body.  Be appreciative of your physical body and make exercise a priority for the day.  … take care of your emotional self. Many times we overeat because we are too hungry, angry, lonely or tired. Stop. Don’t stuff yourself for emotional reasons, it will only make you feel worse.”

Happy Thanksgiving!


About kareiner

I'm an active mom who loves to cook. I'm passionate about health and fitness. I'm no expert, nutritionist, personal trainer or miracle worker. I just like being active and I like good food.
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