Ahhhh, Thanksgiving. It’s been one of my favorite holidays for years, and as I get older it is closing in on #1.
Today, millions of Americans will spend the day indulging in carb-laden feasts that could feed small villages in a third world countries with ease, and they will indulge in the other great time honored Thanksgiving tradition of expressing things they are thankful for. You’ve already seen this scores of times today – specifically in the form of posts from friends and loved ones that are hitting your Facebook newsfeed at a breakneck speed. I actually love reading those posts, especially when they come just a couple of weeks after a contentious Presidential election. But what I’m trying to do for the holiday this year is be thankful for the present – the current moment. In that spirit, let me share a few things that I am thankful for which happened just since I woke up today.
- I’m thankful that my weight was down 1.2 pounds from the beginning of the week. I’ve been stressed out about a few things and as a result have wanted to do nothing but eat the last two weeks or so. The past couple of days I reined it in and the results showed up this morning.
- I’m thankful that I was able to go to the McDonald’s down the block and get an Egg McMuffin for breakfast and read (yesterday’s) paper. I know some people don’t like it that some restaurants and stores are open today, but I’m just glad I was able to get out of the house and do this. I’m also glad that my favorite McDonald’s employee, Diego, was working today and greeted me with a friendly smile like he does every time I see him there.
- I’m exceedingly thankful that CrossFit On Track was open today for the annual Thanksgiving Day Workout known as Fight Gone Bad. Since I was there for almost 2 hours, there are a bunch of sub-points to this one…
a) If you would have asked me a couple of years ago whether I would be making a workout part of my Thanksgiving Day routine, I would have said not just “No”, but “Hell No, are you nuts?” After 35 years of not working out, and almost 3 years of working out regularly, this is finally part of my lifestyle. (Which I’m pretty sure my physician is thankful for.)
b) I got to start of my trip to CFoT by counting Fight Gone Bad reps for my friend Melissa. She is one of the sweetest people in one of the coolest families on the planet, and she is a BEAST at the gym. I got to cheer her on to a personal record on this workout and it was an amazing 17 minutes.
c) I set my own Personal Record for the workout next – my goal was to beat my last score by 10%, and I ended up beating it by 15%. And I swear those extra 5% were due entirely to Amanda Stites, my CrossFit coach who counted all of my reps and pushed me to do more than I thought I could.
d) My new friend from work, who is becoming a fast friend in real life, came to the box to try out this CrossFit thing she’s been hearing about and just killed the workout – she did better than me and she had a great time. I’m glad we can work together and sweat together.
e) The morning was rounded out by me counting reps for Sarah Grant, who got an *amazing* score that shows her competitive nature. I also counted for Erin, who did the workout at the end of the morning by herself and set a crazy PR.
- Once I was done at the box, I was able to go home and work on prepping my World Famous Spinach Salad for Thanksgiving Dinner at my friend Kelly’s. I’m grateful for the invitation, especially after watching her post pictures of a bacon-covered turkey on Facebook for me to drool over. I’m looking forward to hanging out with her.
- Finally, I am grateful because I spent some time today chatting with my old friend Jeff via text. Jeff is a college friend who I have not laid eyes on in over ten years, but who I’ve gotten back in touch with recently. He is an engineer, technologist, business owner, father, and all around fabulous guy. I’m happy to have counted him among my friends for half my life, even if I haven’t been in touch with him for a long time. Some things just go straight to the core of my gooey-cream-filled-center, and reconnecting with awesome people is one of those things.
This Thanksgiving, do what I am doing – think about the big things in your life AND the little things in your life that are happening right now, and be grateful for all of it. And tell the world what those things are by commenting on this blog post – I’d love to see what little and big things have happened to you today that you are thankful for!
I’m off to be grateful for some bacon wrapped turkey now. Gobble Gobble!