Monday, November 30, 2009


I hate Thanksgiving.  I have nothing against thankfulness (something I try to practice daily), but as someone who has always struggled with food and body image, an entire day devoted to gluttony is definitely not on my list of favorite holidays.

For 32 years, I conformed.  I suffered the turkey, the congealed salads, the endless hours of preparation and cleanup, the excess, the obligations.

But not this year.  I threw out all the traditions and did Thanksgiving MY way.

Half marathon and pizza.  And I was happy.  And oh so grateful.


  1. Love it! I'd say your Thanksgiving was more physically and mentally healthy than most people's. :) Good for you!

  2. Good for you! When Thanksgiving becomes a joyless trap, the whole point is lost.

  3. I'm with you (particularly since I've never been a fan of T-day food - turkey-eh, cranberries, sweet potatoes, and the like - eeew, no way). So, your day sounds perfect and very similar to mine...except instead of the half marathon (ha ha ha ha ha...sorry just picturing myself running a half marathon)... instead of the half marathon, I slept in. And, instead of the pizza, I had tilapia w/spinach & tomatoes. And, I'll add that instead of all the hoopla, I had a day of solitude - it just may have been the best Thanksgiving ever!

  4. I boycotted Thanksgiving this year. I ate at my favorite restaurant and shot the server a dirty look when he suggested I try the turkey on the menu. A mojito and shrimp dish for me, kind sir. Maybe there's a movement of people who are "over" certain holidays. Sometimes you don't want a production. I'll be more traditional during Christmas, but I REALLY LOVED my unholiday.

  5. Thanks for all of your comments! I love that so many of you had un-Thanksgivings! I think I just finally realized that it was better to create my own traditions than suffer through ones I hated.

  6. Good for you! I personally love thanksgiving -- the food, the prep, the whole deal. But I give you all the props in the world for doing your own thing. (I did go for a run to earn my stuffing and mashed potatoes, though!)

  7. Laura,
    Hi! I have been reading your blog for about a month now, and have really enjoyed it. You always have such interesting things to say! It's funny to hear you talk about having difficulties with body image and food. I always thought that you were a beautiful person in high school. :) It's a shame that we didn't get to know each other better, since you lived right down the street...

    Have a wonderful week, and feel free to visit my blog sometime!

    Merritt (Parker) Pace

  8. We did gratitude yoga in the morning, watched movies, and made vegetarian tacos for dinner! Oh, and my favorite Thanksgiving tradition too- writing in my gratitude journal.


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