But I have a stubborn streak that won't quit and I'm also the type who, once they commit, sticks. Pretty much there was no option except for me to hang in there - at least for the prescribed six weeks of the challenge. Much to my pleasant surprise it ended up being a week where I felt like I was cruising - finally getting into the rhythm of the exercise plan and the eating. The urge for grains backed off a bit and I knew I'd make it until Thanksgiving, my planned "off of plan" day.
The Thanksgiving Holiday was everything I hoped it would be... a wonderful time with family! Of course the best thing of all was seeing Little Helen. It had been far too long and it was like chicken soup for the soul having her home. Errrr chicken soup with no rice or noodles that is!
I also did as promised - to Rich and to those of you who read - partaking of some indulgences that I carefully planned out.
Thanksgiving morning I got up and did my three exercises and then went out to do my cardio. I decided that I would do intervals for at least 45 minutes or longer since I normally would have taken a Muay Thai class that night. Plus, I figured the extra burn would only help with the calories later to come.
It was unusually warm and sunny here so I hit the pavement and enjoyed getting my exericse outdoors, with hills, which made it even more challenging.
While I was gone, I baked a breakfast casserole that had soaked overnight. You've probably got a similar recipe of buttered bread cut into cubes, crumbled turkey breakfast sausage, shredded low fat cheddar and eggs and milk whipped together then poured over the top of it all and left overnight. When I got back, we all had a portion of it for breakfast. I ate probably around 3/4 of a cup of it. As I ate I thought about how the turkey sausage and eggs made that thing semi-Paleo - HA! Can't we justify when we want to?
Our main meal was not eaten until 4 p.m. and consisted of the usual suspects. Prior to the meal I chose to have 1 glass of wine instead of eating appetizers. I had another glass of wine with my meal. The items I chose were about 4 oz. of turkey, 1 cup cornbread stuffing, 1 homemade roll, 1 1/2 cups roasted brussels sprouts. It filled me up both physically and emotionally. Everything tasted so good that I was satisfied and really did not want more.
We waited for a while to have dessert and that was my real dilemma. The dilemma being that I was choosing to have just one thing. Out of everything I made, just one. Very hard to choose since I made the desserts and knew they would all be good! Mama Helen requested my homemade Chocolate Cream Pie. The chocolate cream is made from scratch and of course I use real whipped cream for the topping. Mr. Helen asked for Pecan Pie and Brother Helen asked for Pumpkin Pie. No one else requested anything but I wanted to make the Brown Butter Pumpkin Layer Cake that I had made last year, which had been a smashing success. So I did. Here's a picture of this year's version: