Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Giving Thanks

I have so much to be Thankful for this (and every) Thanksgiving! Stephanie and I wanted to give thanks this week on Guiltless and this is what I wanted to share

I breathe a deep thank you every morning to those people and things that have shaped my life. A thanks to my mentors, teachers, friends, supporters, family, acquaintances, to have taught me so much, and whom I continue to learn from everyday. For a warm bed, cozy comforter, in a wonderful apartment, with a sizeable kitchen, IKEA (blood and sweat) furniture and a fantastic roommate. For a body that runs, crunches, dances, spins and twirls. For nourishing food in my fridge, and warm coffee in the morning. For a determination that burns bright inside me, and blatant optimism. For the constant inspiration that the world provides from a myriad of sources. Thank YOU for reading, for commenting, for talking!

I loved and agree 100% with this Wall Street Journal article that compiled psychology research to find:
Adults who frequently feel grateful have more energy, more optimism, more social connections and more happiness than those who do not, according to studies conducted over the past decade. They're also less likely to be depressed, envious, greedy or alcoholics. They earn more money, sleep more soundly, exercise more regularly and have greater resistance to viral infections.
So let's give thanks!!

a few other T-Giving Musings:
Turkey doesn't have to take center stage:

If I was making Thanksgiving I would start with this list of amazing vegan recipes from LunchBox Bunch. Choosing Raw also has a fantastic sampling of vegan/mostly raw dishes that will make your tofurky run for cover. I also love Well Blog's compliation of vegan recipes from star chefs.

Don't feel guilty about the holidays:

I loved Rachel Berman's
My 'how to eat healthy at the holidays' guide = allow yourself your favorite foods in moderation & listen to your internal hunger cues
Find how to have a Balanced & Healthy Thanksgiving on Rebecca Scritchfield's blog.

and of course don't forget to put yourself first!

Runnin it off?

I'm running the Gobble Gobble Gobble with several fantastic friends thanksgiving morning. This 4 miler is my first race under 13.1 miles, and it's a little nerve-wracking. Oh well, it was named one of the Top 100 New England Races and the race entry goes to Project Soup: New England's first free supper program.

I also decided to do The 15th Annual Don't Do Boston 50K the day before the Boston marathon. Why not, right? It's right in my backyard, and I have a fantastic friend who wants to run it with me! Any ultra experts want to recommend a training plan? It's not much more than 26 miles, but very difficult terrain, so i'm shopping for plans right now.

My life can be totally random:

Nothing says winter like hot boozy drinks right? I may be warming up to one of these, courtesy of Chow

Oh so wise 'There is a lot of love in the silences or in just listening' -Jake Gyllenhaal: i NEED to see Love and other Drugs. Add that to my list of cinematic must-sees including Howl, 127 Hours, and HP7 of course.

That I do: Love Food: Hate Waste

What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?

1 comment:

Lizzy said...

I love love that quote Wall Street Journal quote. Being grateful and happy makes life worthwhile. It's easy to complain and be miserable but its a lot more enjoyable to love your life and be happy with what you have instead of wishing for things you don't. Hope your run went well. I think I'm going to need to run an ultra tomorrow to make up for all the calories I ate today. Good luck on your ultra!!