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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

day 3: thankful thursday (a day early)

Thanks for joining me (April) for day 3 of the Be Thankful series. Here's a post from my friend Jill about what she's thankful for. Stop by Jill's blog sometime and check it out!! (Link at the end of this post.)

A few weeks ago I started a series on my blog called Thankful Thursdays.  It was inspired by my favorite blog, Ali on the Run, who posts a list Thankful things every Thursday. I've really enjoyed writing my own Thankful Thursdays. I have a tendency to look past my blessings and focus on negatives, but on Thursdays I shift my focus and remember to be grateful for things both big and small.
Without further adieu, here's my Thankful Thursday, a bit early this week in celebration of April's Week of Thankfulness.

Today I'm thankful:

That I'm part of a large family.  
Having brothers and sisters means having friends for life.  I didn't particularly like them much when I was a kid, but now as an adult I'm very glad to have my siblings.

Having lots of family means awkward family photos like this one.

For blankets. 
I haven't turned the heat on in my house yet, but blankets keep me (mostly) warm and cozy.

For Effingham.  
Effingham, Illinois is the land of my forefathers and I haven't been for a visit in two years. I'm thankful I don't live there full time (I couldn't take the winters, but the flat terrain would be great for running), but I'm also thankful to be visiting this Thanksgiving so I can see my aunts, uncles, cousins and grandma.  

Effingham is where this lovely lady lives.

For orange juice.
I'm feeling a sore throat coming on, so I'm fighting it with lots of OJ and echinecia (I don't know how to spell it, but I do know it is good at fighting colds). 

For time off.
I've been working extra hours lately.  For a state employee, that's somewhat unusual, and I'm just not used to it. I'm glad to get a break with a two-day work week this week.

For my DVR.
James, my DVR, works hard for me every week so that I don't have to watch commercials and can be entertained at the press of a button.  He went on the fritz on Saturday, making me realize how grateful I should be for the time we spend together.

For Reese's Christmas Trees.
Why are Reese's Cups so much better when they're shaped like trees, instead of circles? A mystery for the ages.


Perseverance.
I've decided perseverance is key to weight loss and a lot of other things in life.  Perseverance is the difference between a diet and a healthy lifestyle. You've got to just keep trying. 


Jill is trying to lose 100 pounds and never find them again, by eating healthy and working out like she gets paid to do it. Follow her journey at www.100lostandnotfound.blogspot.com 

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