It's the most wonderful time of the year! We celebrate Thanksgiving with family, friends, football and food! Turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole and pumpkin pie. Throw in a roll or two, lots of gravy and maybe even some wine, and you have a feast to be proud of. This meal alone can total around 2500 to 4500 calories. That's almost twice the recommended daily amount. It's so worth it, right?


Have you ever thought about how much exercise it takes to burn off that big meal? According to dailyburn, it is a lot!

1 slice of apple pie                               411 calories     5k trot (10 mins/mile)
1 slice of pumpkin pie                         316 calories     60 minutes of yoga
buttered roll                                          210 calories     flag football (20 minutes)
1/2 cup of sweet potato casserole     200 calories     spinning (18 minutes)
6 ounces of turkey breast                   195 calories     ice skating (50 minutes)
1/2 cup of egg nog                               190 calories     crossfit (13 minutes)
1/2 cup of stuffing                                180 calories     stair running (10 minutes)
2 ounces of corn bread                       160 calories     swimming (15 laps)
6 ounces of red wine                           150 calories     walking (35 minutes)
1/2 cup of mashed potatoes               120 calories     weight training (35 minutes)
1/2 cup of green bean casserole          70 calories     dancing (14 minutes)
1/4 cup of gravy                                      45 calories     50 burpees
1/4 cup of cranberry sauce                    37 calories     push ups (3 sets of 20)

Is it just me, or are the portions WAY off? Who eats ounces of turkey and gravy? This is Thanksgiving! It's a time to celebrate! All of this stuff is good...some of it is really good! My advice for one and all is to find some comfy pants, sturdy chairs, comfortable forks and spoons, and a big bib. Belly up, and be thankful. Be thankful for your family and friends, your job, your home and your health. It has been quite a year. Enjoy the day. Oh, and I will see you all at the gym come Monday morning.


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