Thanksgiving 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!  In years past I have posted a blog of things I am thankful for.  This year I have been updating facebook and twitter with things I am grateful for all month so I don’t feel a need to do a post like that this year.  Let me just do a quick update.

We just finished a delicious Thanksgiving meal (we always eat in 2 phases meal and a couple of hours later pie!).  Now we are sitting together chatting and sharing memories.  It was a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner.  I was in charge of the mashed potatoes- a food I have not eaten in months and yes it is just as delicious as I remembered! If anything absence has made the heart grow fonder!

I got a little over-zealous in the mashed potato making and you should have seen the giant bowl of leftovers (thank goodness I get 2 days off my diet, so I can eat some tomorrow! Yum!).  I was also in charge of the pumpkin and lemon meringue pies.   I purchased the pumpkin pie but the lemon meringue was from scratch and a lot of work (it has so many steps, zest and squeeze lemons, make crust, lemon curd and meringue. ).  It was exhausting but a lot of fun.

Lemon meringue is my favorite pie and what I’ve had for my birthday for years and years.  I like it with lots of lemon juice- very tart!  After being on a sweet fast for the month it was great to have lots of pie.  I know my trainer was hoping it wouldn’t taste good anymore.  Sadly that is not the case! It’s still delicious but it is nice to know the pie was earned.

This morning started off with a bang.  Trying to justify a day of bingeing I organized a group of us to go to the Folsom Turkey Trot. This was a 5k run/walk (I speed-walked it. 5k in 1 hour 27 seconds which I thought was pretty good).  The proceeds from the race go to the local food bank and despite some rain it was a fun activity.  It always warms my heart to think of all the volunteers and work that went into making a community event like the turkey trot happen.

I am very grateful for all who sacrifice to make our communities better. It makes me want to do more to contribute. It is also nice during this day of feasting to do something that helps those in need.  Especially during the holidays those that do not have enough food to eat or money to buy presents feel it acutely.  I loved participating in the race and I hope it becomes a tradition at our Thanksgiving celebrations.

Needless to say after a day with a 5k and then cooking all day I am tuckered out! My feet hurt and I feel like I could fall asleep now. Nevertheless my fatigue has not diminished my enjoyment of the day and my realization of the many blessings I have in my life.

I am so grateful for all my friends and family and their support.  I am thankful for good health and a body that keeps allowing me to push it day in and day out. I’m grateful for the great and difficult experiences of the past year.  My story feels different than ever before. I was a good person before starting my fitness quest but I am more vibrant, layered person now.  I love that!

I hope you all had a Happy Thanksgiving with family and friends.  Love you!

ps. I am doing a Christmas Swimfest on Dec 17th at 9:30 am at Gene Fullmer Pool.  We will have Christmas swim caps and some games (I am renting 2 lanes) and then we will go to Golden Corral for breakfast buffet.  It should be a nice chance to engage with one another and have fun.  If anyone would like to come let me know so that I get enough caps.

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