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Day 30: Being Thankful

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

emoticonNovember is associated with Thanksgiving so I thought I would spend time each day writing one thing I am thankful for and add to it.

November 30: To have so much to be thankful for!
November29: A gym to be able to work out in.
November 28: Bright crisp days and clear star filled nights
November 27: Being able bodied to be able to help someone who isn't
November 26: Birthday wishes
November 25: Love that passes all understanding.
November 24: Friends to laugh with, and surprises in the mail.
November 23: Phone calls and messages from children, family, and friends over the miles
November 22: Wonderful memories of past Thanksgivings and the love of family.
November 21: Hearing from a long time very good friend in NJ who was affected by the terrible storm, but took time to wish me an early happy birthday.
November 20: My children and their happiness
November 19: Sleeping in a warm and comfortable bed.
November 18: being able to RACE and complete the Preston Guild 4 race series!!
November 17: Large grocery stores
November 16: Music
November 15: Cool fall feeling in the weather causing leaves to twirl.
November 14: Long distance telephone conversations.
November 13: For rain that stops, and sun that dries.
November 12: Friends that care.
November 11: For those that served and those serving. Thank you!
November 10: Inspiring people
November 9: Taking the dog for a walk
November 8: Being able to run
November 7: Hope
November 6: Seeing emailed pics of my soon to be adopted granddaughter.
November 5: My beautiful 9 year old Chocolate Smoke Persian cat...Millie!!
November 4: My amazing and supportive hubby!
November 3: Seing a beautiful sunrise and the fantastic colours of the sunset.
November 2: Being able to put on a hat, scarf and gloves to keep me warmer while walking the dog this morning.
November 1: That all my family are safe from the devestating super storm Sandy.


**Here's some real positives as to WHY keeping a gratitude list is a good thing:
Because those keeping a gratitude list:

1. Have a relative absence of stress and depression. (Woods et al., 2008)
2. Make progress towards important personal goals (Emmons and McCullough, 2003)
3. Report higher levels of determination and energy (Emmons and McCullough, 2003)
4. Feel closer in their relationships and desire to build stronger relationships (Algoe and Haidt, 2009)
5. Increase your happiness by 25% — (Who wouldn’t want a quarter more happiness!) (McCullough et al., 2002)

Who doesn’t want all that?

  
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2BERUNNING 11/28/2012 12:23PM

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 11/28/2012 11:49AM

    Excellent list.

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COOP9002 11/28/2012 10:30AM

    We do have much for which we should be thankful. Thank you for sharing.

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EVERYday is a thanks-giving day!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanks-giving! Yes it is the fourth Thursday of November and that means the traditional USA Thanksgiving Day. A day set aside to remember that "first Thanksgiving" between the Indians and Pilgrim fathers so many years ago. Also a day to give thanks for what we personally have.

I would like to offer the thought that EVERY day is a day to give thanks. I have lived in the UK for just over ten years and this is a day I also go back to my American roots for and do the traditional thing. But it doesn't have to be limited to just today or just to Americans.

It is nice to know that one day is kind of like a respite from the harshness of the world to gather up close all the blessings we have. However, a little bit of EACH day can be used to ponder the good that been showered upon us.

This Indian proverb came to mind today: " “I had no shoes and complained, until I met a man who had no feet.”

Be blessed.

  
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SEAWILLOW 11/23/2012 7:04AM

    A great reminder to celebrate every day with thanksgiving and a joy for life!

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GODDESSOFHOME 11/22/2012 10:51PM

    I love your blog! Great reminder with the quote at the bottom.

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2BERUNNING 11/22/2012 2:35PM

    emoticon Happy Thanksgiving buddy. emoticon ya!

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I am going to have Thanksgiving Success!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012


I am a HUGE fan of Jonathan Roche!! His podcasts are fantastic, his motivation is to the roof and his enthusiasm is contagious!!

These are his suggestions I have put into my PLAN for tomorrow!! I'm already in Healthy Me mode...so this is a great springboard into Thursday.

"Here are my 5 Tips to Thanksgiving Success:

1) Do a solid workout in the morning prior to hosting
or going to a holiday gathering

2) Eat a healthy snack 30-60 minutes prior to the
gathering

3) Drink plenty of water all day and during the cookout

4) Fill at least 1/2 of your plate with salad or healthy
options

5) Put your "Everything in Moderation" hat on

You can eat fun things in moderation, have fun
celebrating Thanksgiving and not beat yourself
up Friday for hindering your fitness and weight
loss efforts.

Have fun and Happy Thanksgiving!"


To each of you amazing folks reading... enjoy your holiday no matter what it is and where you are. I'm thankful for each of you!!

(to find out more about Jonathan Roche.. here's a link: www.noexcusesworkouts.com/about-jona
than-roche/

  
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TRILLIUM22 11/21/2012 5:34PM

    I'm starting the day with a turkey trot. Thanks for sharing, your not actually celebrating Thanksgiving tomorrow are you. Have a great day either way and I sure hope you have some relaxation time soon.

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KANDOLAKER 11/21/2012 12:24PM

    Great blog and thanks for sharing. Working on getting my plan together today, so that I am ready for tomorrow - and your message is perfect. Thanks again and Happy Thanksgiving! Kathy

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PMRUNNER 11/21/2012 11:37AM

    Very sensible! Thanks for sharing. I will be trying to use these to survive the holiday!

I think that your comment about not beating yourself up on Friday is spot on. If you do slip up, it is not the end of the world, just a blip in the bigger picture!

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 11/21/2012 10:42AM

    Love it. Happy Thanksgiving.

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LOPEYP 11/21/2012 6:59AM

    Thanks for sharing.

Have a great day!

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TCANNO 11/21/2012 3:46AM

    Keep it up


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How do YOU de-stress???

Monday, November 05, 2012



As part of CAMO weekend DE-stress challenge (and to earn mega points) I'm listing some of the ways I find to de-stress!!!
1. close my eyes and count to 10 SLOWLY...count again if necessary!!
2. FIVE deep breaths/or more if need be!
3. Go into to the bathroom, shut the door and pray.
4. Do something fun!!
5. DANCE
6 Go for a doggie walk... or without the pup!
7. Play some music LOUD!
8 SMILE
9 Play some relaxing music
10 dream
11. Look at pictures
12. take a nap
13 De-clutter
14. Take a shower
15. massage my forehead/temples
16. RUN!

(and the list goes on.....as there are lots of things I use from my keep cool bag!)

  
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2BERUNNING 11/9/2012 1:16PM

    Great list!

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SAMBIDEXTROUS 11/7/2012 2:55PM

    This is a great list!



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-POLEDANCEGIRL- 11/7/2012 1:32PM

    Wonderful list!!

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 11/7/2012 10:25AM

    Excellent list.

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OLIVIANIGHT 11/5/2012 1:53PM

    I find being creative helps me. Baking, writing, making cards, anything like that.

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GODDESSOFHOME 11/5/2012 12:27PM

    Running used to be my big tool, can't do it right now, so I'm always looking for alternatives. A couple of mine are Drink Green tea, and take a hot bubble bath with a good book.


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ZORAHGAIL 11/5/2012 11:30AM

    Great list!

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TRILLIUM22 11/5/2012 11:16AM

    When my kids were little I use to go to my walk in closet and close the door.

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DAY 27: Being Thankful

Friday, November 02, 2012

emoticonNovember is associated with Thanksgiving so I thought I would spend time each day writing one thing I am thankful for and add to it.

November 27: Being able bodied to be able to help someone who isn't
November 26: Birthday wishes
November 25: Love that passes all understanding.
November 24: Friends to laugh with, and surprises in the mail.
November 23: Phone calls and messages from children, family, and friends over the miles
November 22: Wonderful memories of past Thanksgivings and the love of family.
November 21: Hearing from a long time very good friend in NJ who was affected by the terrible storm, but took time to wish me an early happy birthday.
November 20: My children and their happiness
November 19: Sleeping in a warm and comfortable bed.
November 18: being able to RACE and complete the Preston Guild 4 race series!!
November 17: Large grocery stores
November 16: Music
November 15: Cool fall feeling in the weather causing leaves to twirl.
November 14: Long distance telephone conversations.
November 13: For rain that stops, and sun that dries.
November 12: Friends that care.
November 11: For those that served and those serving. Thank you!
November 10: Inspiring people
November 9: Taking the dog for a walk
November 8: Being able to run
November 7: Hope
November 6: Seeing emailed pics of my soon to be adopted granddaughter.
November 5: My beautiful 9 year old Chocolate Smoke Persian cat...Millie!!
November 4: My amazing and supportive hubby!
November 3: Seing a beautiful sunrise and the fantastic colours of the sunset.
November 2: Being able to put on a hat, scarf and gloves to keep me warmer while walking the dog this morning.
November 1: That all my family are safe from the devestating super storm Sandy.


**Here's some real positives as to WHY keeping a gratitude list is a good thing:
Because those keeping a gratitude list:

1. Have a relative absence of stress and depression. (Woods et al., 2008)
2. Make progress towards important personal goals (Emmons and McCullough, 2003)
3. Report higher levels of determination and energy (Emmons and McCullough, 2003)
4. Feel closer in their relationships and desire to build stronger relationships (Algoe and Haidt, 2009)
5. Increase your happiness by 25% — (Who wouldn’t want a quarter more happiness!) (McCullough et al., 2002)

Who doesn’t want all that?

  
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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 11/3/2012 10:17AM

    This is wonderful. I fully agree with all your reasons to be grateful. November is gonna be awesome!

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2BERUNNING 11/2/2012 8:37AM

    What a great idea! You're brilliant :)

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CAT609 11/2/2012 7:07AM

    I like that idea!

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NATURALDIVAP 11/2/2012 5:37AM

  Great reasons to be thankful. I can relate.

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