CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- In preparation for this year's Thanksgiving dinner, my mind wandered off to all the upcoming holiday celebrations. While visions of sugar plums danced in my head, they quickly took a back seat to the visions of extra work the festivities require for them to be festive. Cleaning, decorating, shopping, wrapping, meal planning, baking, addressing, mailing, entertaining are duties added to our already hectic and overextended lives. Super multitasking becomes an absolute necessity as we attempt to finish out the year in style.
No time for me
The first thing we do is clear our calendars as much as possible. If it's not a means to the end, it falls off the schedule. Unfortunately, the trip to the gym, the morning run and the walk in the park are tagged as nonessential time stealers and are replaced with more "important" tasks, such as searching the Internet for the perfect pumpkin pie recipe. Of course, we don't actually come right out and admit we're abandoning our regular physical activity. Instead we justify the swap with a firm commitment like, "I'll definitely work out if I find the time." And we all know, it this whirlwind of a month, we never find time.
Negotiate and justify
All this shopping is physical activity and I'm bound to be burning calories.
True: Going store to store and doing some old-school shopping will burn calories, especially when you lug your purchases back to the car. Caveat: Internet shopping burns zero calories. (Add a well-deserved slice of leftover pumpkin pie to the at-home experience and you're in the hole in terms of health.)
All this baking is exhausting, and I am getting a great workout kneading this bread.
True: Lifting bags of sugar and flour and, of course, the butter. Caveat: Licking the sweet leftovers from all the bowls, spoons and measuring cups during the course of the day can add a heaping tablespoon of fat to your frame even before the bread comes out of the oven.
All this wrapping is so time-consuming, I just can't fit in my spin class.