First of all, on a non-health related topic, to me Thanksgiving is a religious holiday, a time not just for family and food, but also a time of gratitude towards God. I have a lot to be thankful for over the last couple years. My mother is now out of pain and resting with Jesus. My new stepmother and her family are a pretty cool bunch of people. I am very close to getting my dream farm (planning to close in January.) My health has improved greatly. Thank-you God.
My friends are less religious, but I still enjoy cooking for them, so I hold a "Turkey is on Sale" dinner near Thanksgiving for them most years. (It's not Thanksgiving to me, but it is to some of them.) Between all the prep for Thursday (just a few dishes and a lot of cleaning) and Saturday (the whole dinner), I was on my feet for large parts of four days. I went to bed with sore feet each night. The first couple mornings I woke up refreshed and ready to do it again. Saturday morning the daily abuse had caught up to me and I was sore to begin with. I'd work a half hour and rest a half hour until the guests arrived and the pace of food prep sped up. It went well, but I was pretty much just in the mood to direct my guests rather than be a good hostess by the time dinner was served. I wasn't so sore as to be grumpy though. I went to bed an hour early, and got a good night's sleep. Today one foot seems recovered, but the other is still sore. Note, I didn't take any of my fibromyalgia medication, my improved sleep quality seems to be enough to help fix me up at night.
One thing that was a bit disappointing about Thanksgiving is that pigging out is not nearly as fun as it used to be. My stomach has shrunk, and I tend more towards the filling fatty and fibrous foods instead of the fluffy carbs, so I was full before I finished my first plate at both dinners. Took my time chatting and picking until I cleaned my plate (like my Mommy taught me.) Seconds had no appeal for me, although I did manage a bit of pie with real cream a few hours later... I guess it will be easier to not gain weight over the holidays if I can't undo a month of dieting in one day any more... I suppose that's another thing to be thankful for!