...Because this week is Thanksgiving!
Actually, I have a few challenges this week besides Thursday. The first was tonight, with a family get together to watch some Sunday Night Football. I did pretty well, though - we had dinner first, that was tracked. And then I chose to keep the snacks in a separate area from where we were watching, so that people could load up plates for themselves, but I wouldn't be mindlessly eating from bowls of chips and such. I did partake, but in a very restrained way, and kept to my Points. Plus, I earned some good activity points today doing some leaf raking, which I'm holding on to for Thursday.
The second challenge this week is that we're going out for a birthday dinner on Tuesday night. So tomorrow's agenda item is to review the menu online so that I can make my choices beforehand, and not even have to look at the menu when we're there. My friend Maureen gave me that idea, and I think it will be crucial!
Then comes Thursday. This will be the first year I'm not hosting, and I'm grateful at how relaxed I feel. Not doing all that baking and cooking helps eliminate some of the "quality control" sampling that can really rack up the points. And being able to relax and enjoy the week means having some extra time to sneak in more Activity, and to do my best to mentally rehearse and solidify strategies for not going bananas once I'm in front of all that food! We already have some games planned, and I plan on doing a lot of my hanging around that day strategically away from where the snacks and desserts will be.
So all in all, I'm feeling pretty good about this coming week. Now if only my cold would go away so that my energy level would come back up to normal! That being said, it's off to bed.