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Friend Makin’ Monday: Thanksgiving

This week, the topic is Thanksgiving. Amber has come up with a list of fun question questions so if you want to join in, just click here.

All About About Thanksgiving

1. Turkey or Ham?

I prefer ham though this year I’ll probably focus on turkey breast.

2. Favorite side dish.
Candied Sweet Potatoes
3. Favorite dessert.
Pecan Pie and Pumpkin Pie
4. Black Friday: Are you going or not?
Totally…I go every year
5. If so, what’s on the top of your list?
I’m not sure where I’ll go first. I’ll map out a plan on Thursday when I see the official sales circulars.
6. Going out of town or staying close to home?
Staying close to home…I’ll be here in NY, but I’ll enjoy having Dad here for Christmas.
7. Hosting or helping?
Just helping…I’m making the homemade spanakopita (I’ll be dining with the Greeks who have taken me in as family…they taught me how to make the spinach pie so now it’s my job during the holidays.)
8. Name one family tradition at Thanksgiving.
We used to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade on TV every year. It’s pretty cool to know that I could just pop down to watch it in person if I wanted to. (I don’t hehe, but maybe another year.)
9. What do you do after dinner?
In previous years I have laid around then mapped out my black Friday plan…we’re talking graphs and order of importance lists…this year I will go on a nice after dinner walk to burn off some calories then map out my plan.
10. What are you most thankful for this year?
I am most thankful that I know I can lose weight. In recent years, the pumpkin pie was the most exciting part…now I’m free to concentrate on being thankful for the abundance of blessings I have in my life. And that, in itself, is a reason to be thankful.
And because I plan to lose weight even through the holidays, here’s a list of WW point values for popular holiday foods. I plan to enjoy what I eat just as I always do, but it is definitely helpful to have a guide…
Holiday Food Point Values
Slice of Turkey (white meat without skin) — 2 pts.

1/2 c. Homemade Stuffing — 4 pts.

1/2 c. Cornbread Dressing — 4 pts.

Slice of Ham — 6 pts.

1/4 c. Cranberry Sauce — 2 pts.

1/2 c. Candied Sweet Potatoes — 3 pts.

1 c. Green Bean Casserole — 5 pts.

1 c. Creamed Vegetables — 10 pts. (Seriously, for veggies..I’ll be skipping the cream. Just saying.)

1 tbsp. Butter — 3 pts. (I use Land O Lakes Light Butter. It tastes the same a 1 tbsp. = 1 pt. I’m going to bring it with me to Thanksgiving dinner.)

Roll — 3 pts.

Cornbread (2 in. square) — 3 pts.

Sweet Potato Pie (1/8 of 9 in. pie) — 11 pts.

Pumpkin Pie (1/8 of 9 in. pie) — 9 pts.

Pecan Pie (1/8 of 9 in. pie) — 12 pts.

Carrot Cake w/ Cream Cheese frosting (3 in. square) — 16 pts.

Pumpkin Cheesecake (1/16 of 10 in.) — 10 pts.

1/2 c. wine — 2 oz.

**All point values are approximate**
Whatever you’re doing on Thanksgiving, I hope you enjoy it. I know I’m looking forward to it…and I hope you are too!

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    November 23, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    That is really great that you are going to be responsible and watch what you eat during the holidays. Those point values are scary!! Don't deprive yourself too much, have at least one bad thing but not the creamed vegetables, really totally not worth it.

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    November 23, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    I also plan to wathc what I eat too. I love that I no longer leat food consume in, it is such a wonderful feeling!

    Have a very Happy Thanksgiving

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    November 23, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    I applaud you fro keeping yourself accountable during the holidays! It's such a tough time of year for those of us trying to shed the weight. How nice of you to share point values! 🙂 I hope you have a really blessed holiday!

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    Divine Mrs D
    November 23, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    My husband was asking me if I wanted to go to the parade. I only want to go to say I've been there. 😉

    Happy Thanksgiving!! It always feels so good to be thankful for the abundance in life rather than the pie.

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    November 23, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    Thanks for the point values! I've figured them before, but that list is really helpful.

    I LOVE Black Friday! It's a holiday all in itself to me!!!

    Hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving!!♥

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    November 23, 2009 at 11:52 pm

    Oh what I would give to see that parade in person! Awesome!
    Happy FMM!
    Happy Thanksgiving!

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