Thanksgiving Week



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My man-friend came to visit for a week during Thanksgiving. YAY! It was such a hectic week with the holidays, lots of dinners, visiting with friends and family, etc. We had a blast, but it went way too quickly. We got to have dinner with our favorite industry pals, Chris and Kara, got to see a University of Louisville basketball game at the YUM Center downtown with my brother and his wife, and we had 3 Thanksgivings to attend with my family. That was just the first three days. I wish I’d gotten more photos with my family, but we were having a good time hanging out so I forgot. We ate, we drank, we played Aggravation, a family fave. Tango also had a blast. He loved having a guy around to rough house with.

We got to lay on the couch and watch a movie (The Expendables 3, vastly entertaining) and eat ice cream. We got to go see The Mockingjay Friday night, which was sooooo good and now has us pining for the last installment. Can’t believe we have to wait another year to for the next one to come out. Well… I can believe it. Those movie execs know what they’re doing. It just sucks. I think I’ll re-read the book so I can get back in the spirit. We also got to go pick out a Christmas tree! More on that later.

My man-friend had never been to the Red River Gorge (a rock climbing mecca less than 2 hours from Lousiville) so we’d made plans to go there Saturday with my buds Jason and Jenn, who were in town as well from Utah. Saturday was supposed to be the only day it wasn’t raining. It was a bit chilly and we didn’t have a whole lot of time, but we got a few routes in and had a great day. He even got to have pizza and Ale 8 at Miguel’s… because that’s what you do when you go to the Gorge.

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I’m incredibly grateful to have such an awesome family and such wonderful friends. You don’t realize how many important people there are in your life until you the holidays roll around and you realize how many of them you have to see. My man-friend has just about met all the important people in my life. It took 3 trips to Louisville to fit them all in (still a few more to meet, but all in good time). It was hectic but I’m thankful that it took the whole week to get around to seeing so many people.

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday last week! Enjoy your weekend. I’m about to get up so we can finally decorate the tree we got a week ago. Happy weekend. : )

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Like a Kid on Christmas Eve…

Y’all don’t even know how excited I am tonight… 
1. My man-friend comes to visit tomorrow
This will be his first visit to Kentucky and
will be meeting everyone
2. It’s snowing right now. 
3. Thanksgiving is this week!
3b. That means I can start listening to Christmas 
music on Thursday night!! 
3c. And we’ll start decorating this weekend!!!
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A Motivational Post from a Trainer…

Since you know you’re going to eat a ton of food on Thanksgiving,
it’s good to stay up and active…
A quick quick metabolic workout before you eat
helps to ensure you’ll be burning calories long into the day.
After digesting and visiting with family for a bit,
maybe even doing a short jog will help you feel great!
Since you’re off work, you actually have time for that yoga class you
can never make at 5:30.
What a great, active weekend!
I didn’t do ish (physically) this weekend.
It was nice.
But time to kick it in gear.
Get ready, week.
You’re about to be my bitch.
I hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend with your loved ones!
Well… those of you that celebrate Thanksgiving anyway…
: )
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Too much turkey…

The tryptophan proved to be too much for the Tang… : )
*note the amazing T-day bandana he got from the groomer this week
from last year to help you
stay out of the same boat as Tango.
Happy eating!
Tango and I hope you all have the best holiday weekend
and hope you get to spend it with ones you love!
(If you happen to be in the U.S. and celebrate Thanksgiving)
I’m off to the Bahamas tonight
to hang with some friends
after I celebrate the holiday with my fam.
See you guys Sunday!
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Thanksgiving Day Fitness Tips

I’m not even gonna pretend that I don’t love Thanksgiving food. I’m sure we all do. However,  if you’re currently trying to get in shape and worried about calories this year, here are a couple tips to help you enjoy the day without going overboard.
1. Work out BEFORE the stuff-your-face-fest. A little boost to the metabolism, ya know? You’ll burn more calories during the day. Take a quick run/fast walk Thanksgiving morning. If you’ve got family in town, try to recruit them to come with you. You don’t have to run 10 miles or anything, but getting your body moving will help. Aim for 20 – 30 minutes, alternating a light pace with a fast pace!
2. Choose REAL foods for your plate: things that were here 500 years ago. Cranberry sauce, from a can, was not here 500 years ago. Go for the turkey and the veggies.
3. Pace yourself: Put small portions on your plate for the first round and eat slowly. A portion is what you could fit in the palm of your hand (your hand, not Shaq’s hand) You won’t choke, you won’t look like the pig at the table, and it helps with the next tip…
4. Finish what’s on your plate, then wait 10-20 minutes before going back for seconds. When you give your body time for the food to reach your stomach, you’ll be full and won’t eat so much the 2nd time around, if you even want seconds by then.
5. If you’re dying for pumpkin pie, eat a piece! Just don’t eat 5 pieces.
I hope you guys enjoy the holiday!!
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Thanksgiving 2010

It’s my first year back home for the holidays. I’m LOVING it. I’ll get to see my entire family today and get to share them all with my husband. I’m thankful for so much this year. I feel like if I list all the things I’m thankful for, you’ll be really bored with this post.

In no particular order, here’s the top 10:

1. Being home with family. Nothin’ beats home for the holidays.
2. Conrad. He never gets on Facebook, but wrote on my wall last night, “psst, I love you”
3. Tango. Adopting my dog was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
4. My job. I love making people healthier and happier with themselves.
5. Security. I’ve been able to afford to spend money on charities the last couple of years. (when you’ve always been broke, that’s a really nice feeling)
6. Parents. I love being able to see them all the time. It’s nice just to be able to go for a walk or stop by their houses and say hey.
7. Partners. I love working with people that are fun, fair, and trustworthy.
8. My body. It doesn’t get sick, it keeps me moving, it helps make me a living. We’re buds.
9. Buddies. I have the best friends in the world. They make me laugh, they comfort me, they support me, and I hope I’ve done the same for them.
10. This blog. It’s led me to all you wonderful blog people. Thanks for reading, I’m glad I’m getting to know a lot of you!
Happy Thanksgiving Everybody!
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