I actually came in under my daily calorie budget on Thanksgiving, though I should have had an evening snack of some sort and didn't—I was starving by the time I got home. I do miss the ridiculous overeating usually associated with Thanksgiving, but I didn't do it this time, and I survived well enough. Most of the Thanksgiving staples are actually back in my diet at this point—I can have potatoes and corn (starch) now in limited amounts, and bread in limited amounts (though it should be whole wheat). Gravy of course isn't ideal, but hey, it's a holiday. I don't eat stuffing or drink wine or eat pumpkin pie or put butter on things, so that all put a significant dent in my calorie intake for the day. Somewhat surprisingly, this has been a good week for my weight loss—I'm down about four pounds for the week, bringing my total weight loss so far to 35 pounds.
I don't really have an idea of how much weight I have to lose in the first place. It doesn't really matter to me. As I've said, I don't want to set a goal—I just want to stick to this and see how well I can do. If I can end the year's festivities and trip home to Nebraska and still be down 40 pounds, I think I'll still be doing really well—I'll have lost nearly 15% of my body weight in a few months.