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Happy Thanksgiving!

Or is it?

It seems this holiday gets mixed up with eating too much and crashing, coma-like on the couch to watch football. Not that I have anything against watching football, or eating for that matter! I love sports AND food. But what I am getting at is the robotic way that most of us spend this holiday. We are so entrenched in our habits – which can work for us or against us on our journey to a happier and healthier life. Habit forming is the key to any successful endeavor, whether it be to keep a clean home or to eat a clean diet. But our culture often dictates that gluttony and sloth are synonymous with Thanksgiving. I think that is really weird!

How many of us actually make a habit to reflect on what we are thankful for on this day called THANKSGIVING?

I’d like to start.

I am thankful for this little space on the internet that I call my own, that I can say whatever I’d like. As you well know, freedom is of utmost importance to me and I want a place to be able to broadcast my passion and search for freedom out there to you. I can do that here – and get a bonus of knowing that you can benefit from pursuing your personal freedom as well.

I am thankful for the struggle I have gone thru to get here today. Without learning tough lessons about love, loss, healing, food, movement and what a healthy relationship looks like, I would still be mired in self-doubt, obesity, shame and unhappiness.

I am thankful for my choice to change.

I am thankful for you because it is you that keeps me trying new things, growing, exceeding my own expectations and learning everyday to be mindful and grateful for all that comes my way. You are a HUGE part of that. You not only make me a better Health Coach, you make me a better person!  SO I thank you with all my heart for continuing to inspire me to grow stronger, fitter, smarter and more mindful every day.

Now you try it. What are you thankful for?

This year on Thanksgiving, yes there will be food on the table (made by me) and football on the TV (mostly for my Sweetie) like in so many other homes across this awesome nation. But this year I am going to take it up a notch; I am going to start Thanksgiving Day with a simple bodyweight workout that is easy to do at home. Yes, I am giving thanks to my body! Would you like to join me to start Thanksgiving Day giving yourself some love? If so, here is what I am doing:

5 Rounds For Time:

5 push ups

10 squats

15 sit-ups

Write your time down and save it. Do this workout again next year on Thanksgiving morning and see if you can beat this year’s time! Bet you will!

And finally, what’s a Thanksgiving post without recipes? I will leave you with a link to a fantastic blog post by my friend Steph from The Amazon Heart who shares her Soul Love For November – it is rich & layered with love for all things fall – including some amazing pumpkin recipes! Check it out and allow it all to wash over you. Be thankful for it all!

Here’s to a Happy, Healthy, Thankful, Mindful, Soulful (& Sweaty!) Thanksgiving!


Eat Real Food. Be Free. Live Wild!






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