Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

No ones life is perfect.
No ones family is perfect.
No ones body is perfect.

But you are here. Your heart is beating. Your blood is flowing, and oxygen is enabling you to breathe.

So yes, there is always something to be grateful and thankful for. Use those as your base and build upon it!

I’m grateful and thankful for too many things to list so ill try to sum it up… I’m thankful for my life and the ability to live it, grateful for all the amazing people I’m blessed to have be a part of it, and truly honored to have so much love and laughter in my life. Happy thanksgiving all!

What’s something else YOU are thankful for?

Food Swap Friday – Starches

Next week is Thanksgiving, and even with healthier options, it’s easy to intake way too many calories and grams of carbohydrates. If you aren’t someone who has to pay attention to that, cool, enjoy your meal!

Unfortunately, not everyone has that ability, and so it’s nice to have a healthier option, too. Oh, but how could one take away the mashed potatoes?! BLASPHEMY – you can’t!

But honestly, either of today’s options are better for you, with the same (if not more!) flavor and texture – so why not give it a try?

Tasty Tuesday – Stuffed Acorn Squash

Do you like acorn squash? What about sweet potato? Dynamo combination, if you ask me!

With all the holiday meals, it can be easy to feel bogged down. This is a lighter, cleaner dish offering tons of flavor but won’t sit in you like a ton of bricks, either.

A note: sometimes using sweetened cranberries takes off some of the tartness. I make this exception to the rule because I don’t like the super bitterness of cranberries that have been baked. You can use whichever cranberry form you like! 🙂

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Friday Fit Tip – Post Thanksgiving!

Whether you kept your Thanksgiving meal sensible or not, this fit tip might help if you still ate more than usual.

Best advice for post-turkey day meal?

Do a high-intensity workout 12 to 16 hours after. Working out hard during this timeframe helps your body burn off the energy in the muscles and liver. Go for a fast run, get in a high-intensity strength training workout or a combination of the two.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

There is so much to be thankful for – I won’t bore you with the list, but its plentiful! Take time today (and every day!) to count your blessings – no matter how rocky the road may be at any given moment, you are still here, still alive, and still making strides to improvement (right!?)

There is so much to be grateful for, and it can be painfully easy to overlook all of that, but make a conscious effort to recognize your blessings and be thankful for them – there is ALWAYS someone with less, ALWAYS someone with worse problems, and ALWAYS hope that things can get better – and they will!

I am grateful for a lot of things, but I am especially grateful for my dog right now, and her sweet, unconditional love. We didn’t know just how in love we were gonna fall with her when we got her, but she’s brought nothing but purpose, love, happiness, and content snuggles with her, and I am grateful to Rhode Home Rescue and my friends who fostered her for introducing us to our sweet girl!

May you all have a fabulous day!

If you feel like sharing, what’s something YOU are thankful for?

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Wind Down Wednesday – Gearing Up for the Holidays

This time of year is challenging, unless you are some sort of superhuman being. Traffic, shopping, tons of food and treats tempting you, time with relatives who may or may not leave you exhausted, in addition to everything else in life, and trying to balance it all without feeling like burying your head in the sand or pulling your hair out.

I’m not saying this will be EASY…. but…. I do think it will be worthwhile.

Take 10 minutes today to do nothing. Just sit (or lay, or even stand), and just exist. Clear your head of your worries, and talk to yourself. Tell yourself that you can handle the next 6 weeks. You will make it through this. Ask for the strength, and then truly believe that YOU are in control of the holidays – don’t let them control you!

Holidays come every year. This is nothing you haven’t handled before. You can do this. Take some time to center yourself, to make a gameplan of what you need to do/not do to make it through the holidays, and stay in control — you’ve got this!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving my dear readers! You have made it onto the list of things I am thankful for… this community, the commentary and support… helps a girl feel like she’s not alone in this battle, and there is strength in numbers!

I hope you all enjoy the day with those you hold nearest and dearest to your hearts, and cherish the time spent together, being thankful for a bounty of food, a warm environment to celebrate, and the health with which to do so.

Life is a battle, but there is always plenty of things to be thankful for!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING

May your day be nothing but delicious and lovely!