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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Surviving Thanksgiving

What a great day!  The morning started out with CME and our oldest son preparing the turkey for Thanksgiving.  I made a pumpkin swirl cheesecake last night using low-fat cream cheese and Splenda and then today, I made a sweet potato casserole from a recipe from my mother-in-law, once again substituting brown sugar with brown sugar Splenda.  I don't know if you want to call it "planning" so I knew what I could eat or if it's just a change that will benefit all our family.  Either way, it worked well.

The surprise of the afternoon was that our youngest daughter unexpectedly drove in for Thanksgiving.  Didn't expect to see her until CHRISTmas.  It was a good surprise!  

As we prepared for our meal, each one of the 15 of us said what we were thankful for.  We had everything from "not burning the turkey" to "not having lung cancer as originally thought."  Of course, we were all thankful for our family and friends and being able to spend the day with each other.  I was thankful for the journey that God is taking me down.  He even made today - one that generally consists of over indulgence to the max - super easy for me.  

With measuring utensils in hand, I successfully made it through Thanksgiving!  It was a bit interesting to look at my plate with a total of 4 ounces scattered in small groupings.  I enjoyed turkey, sweet potatoes, broccoli casserole, deviled egg, stuffing (YAY for my sister always making that weight watchers stuffing that's healthy!) and even had some of my cheesecake!  Wow...looking at that, how did I eat all that and not eat more than my stomach can hold?  One bite... tastes just as good!  The first bite tastes just as good as the last...so who cares if it's one bite or 20?  I certainly did not!

So thankful for gastric bypass surgery.  So thankful that our family could spend the day together.  So thankful that my focus wasn't on the food... So very thankful for the changes God is making in me!  So what are YOU thankful for?

"I praise you [God] because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well." ~Psalm 139:14


  1. The turkey was also cooked in an "oil-less fryer". Which is just a marketing way of saying a bucket shaped IR grill. All the yummy juiciness without the oil, fire risk, and heart attacks. I really stressed about cooking the turkey. But I would do it again just for the time with Parker. The health improvements are just a extra good peek. 143 dear.

    If anyone is curious, here is what I used:


  2. Peek = Perk. commenting via my phone is waaay frustrating.