Friday, November 27, 2009

Turkey Ride 2009

Hope everyone enjoyed a wonderful holiday with their families!  We are doing Thanksgiving: The Sequel tonight, so I'm likely going to be wearing elastic waistband pants for the next few weeks.

We had a great day yesterday and while our meal was good, I'd like to share our 2nd Annual Turkey Ride with you instead.  This time last year we had purchased new bikes after moving to our new home.  We wanted to explore the local trails and ended up riding 50 or so miles (it took us 5 hours).  Thanksgiving was not a fun dinner that year because it hurt to sit down or get back up! 
This time we took a more moderate approach and set out for a 3-hour ride.

We rode along some beautiful trails

Stopped to look at some horses

And made it home in time for me to bake the turkey.  Did you know that a 5-pound turkey can take almost 3 hours to bake?  Because it can!  Luckily everything else was ready and like I said, I didn't have a very large audience.

Staying Fit During the Holidays
It's that wonderful time of the year when people ooze sugar, alcohol, and holiday cheer!  I've read lots of great tips of how to stay healthy during the holidays.  Here are some of the best ones:
  • Don't eat the canned, store-bought, bottled junk.  Eat grandma's special pie, but don't eat the sugar cookie from the grocery store brought in by your lazy co-worker
  • Stay active- make fun family outings out of it, try something new, or just follow your own schedule
  • There are only 3 or 4 holidays- Thanksgiving, Christmas (or whatever you celebrate) and New Year.  Celebrate on those days, and then move on with the very next meal!
What is your best tip on staying healthy during the holidays?


Gina said...

I like your tips. I think it's important for people to not go to parties hungry. When people tell me they "don't eat all day on days they have parties" I cringe! Then what happens? They gorge themselves!

I got a new bike last year, and I want Nick to get one this year, but we don't have the room. When we do he'll be getting one so we can ride together!

Mari said...

Ha too cute! "turkey ride 2009" sounds like a fun event =)

My number one tip is to make sure you workout! We all know we will most likely consume more calories, why make it worse by not burning them off.

Even if you can only squeeze in 20 minutes...make them count!

Jolene - EverydayFoodie said...

So true about the cookies from the lazy coworkers ... like seriously people ... can no one bake anymore??!!!


Anonymous said...

love those tips!! amen about eating HOME MADE things! so much better than store bought!

Anonymous said...

good tips!! and definitely agreeing with the homemade vs. store bought thing :) cute pic too!


Anne Marie said...

The turkey ride looks like a lot of fun, plus it's a great way to get in some activity. I liked your tips! My number one tip is to load up the veggies on your plate before everything else.

Emily (A Nutritionist Eats) said...

I love your tips - they are great! And that is so great that you biked 50 miles last year! I did 30 once (and I'm not a biker) and was verrrrry sore. :(

Tricia said...

Great tradition!