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The Best, Most Active, Most Awesome Thanksgiving Ever!

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My Thanksgiving morning started at the gym. Well, after I got the bird in the oven that is! 


We had a blast! I’m so grateful for my gym family.


They are so inspiring and motivating!

When I got home The 9-Year-Old was ready for our Turkey Trot. He declared yesterday that he wanted to run 3 miles. I was like, “Are you sure?”

And he was like… “YES!”

OK, then… let’s do it!

We took 2 long breaks. This was after the first mile and a half.


He was really into it until about the 2.5 mile point. Then I had to coach him to finish but he did it! And I’m so proud of him. This may be another new Thanksgiving tradition!

I got back and hit the kitchen. There was a lot of cooking to do!


The boys were totally into it.


And The Husband helped more than he ever has!


We were all having a blast!


This is my favorite day of the year and always one of my favorite photos.


Dinner came out great!


I kept it veggie heavy and then totally indulged in the pies my mother-in-law brought. SO GOOD.

After dinner we watched some football, and then hit the games! Another family tradition.


 The Husband won Clue, both of us were the Trivial Pursuit team champions and then the 9-Year-Old took the Screw Your Neighbor pot yet again this year. (Screw Your Neighbor is a 1-card card game we play where the whole goal is to not have the lowest card.)

We finally put the kids to bed and are now watching The One I Love — it’s very intriguing!

This has honestly been one of the best days of my life. I can’t even explain it how awesome it was.

I hope you had a great day too. Don’t worry about what you ate or drank or did or didn’t do… just take a deep breath, soak it in, and smile. Tomorrow is yet another day to wake up and simply do what you can, when you can! :)

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    November 28, 2014

    Great to see you are enjoying the family festivities. :) Here we don’t celebrate Thanks Giving, so for me it is just another regular day. So nice to see that your son is taking over the attitude of excepting movement challenges.

    Today I am grateful for my family and friends, so I can honor the “Thanks Giving” Tradition. Planned for today a 30 min walk.

    Chris B.

    November 28, 2014

    Looks like a wonderful “picture perfect” Thanksgiving. Your turkey is browned just right and your big family looks so happy around the table. My Thanksgiving involved driving for an hour and lots of family with a buffet style dinner. Also happy and memorable.

    Yesterday morning my gym had a 6:15 class where we worked shoulders, legs and abs with kettlebell, bosu and TRX stations.


    November 28, 2014

    That looks like a lovely day :)

    Darcy Patch

    November 28, 2014

    Loved your Thanksgiving!

    I’m so thankful for time spent with family — every moment is a memory.

    I’m a little behind in my report, but I’ve done at least 30 minutes of purposeful moving every day this week. I’ve walked, played with my kids and most recently just spent two days at a water park swimming for hours on end with the family — a great way to spend Thanksgiving!

    I’m gathering up clothes to donate tomorrow. Thanks for the motivation!

    Kathren M

    November 28, 2014

    I went for a walk for 45 mins today.
    I’m thankful for being able to get out and get moving and being able to be a set a good example for my kids. #TGChallenge


    November 28, 2014

    #TGChallenge update!

    Wednesday: 40 minutes strength training, 15 minute run
    Thursday: 5.1 mile run, 5.1 as a virtual 5K (travel plans precluded me from doing a real one). Ran the 3.1 in 29:44—a PR for me!
    Friday: 17 minutes of easy walk/run on my MIL’s treadmill until my husband crankily informed me that it woke him up. Finished with 30 minutes of interval training with a Fitnessglo video on the iPad. #wycwyc
    Tomorrow’s plan: More Fitnessglo.

    Thankful for safe travels. For good weather for traveling. For a chance for Little Guy to visit with his Noni and her “puppies” (two labs, both career-changed guide dogs).

    Karen Z

    November 28, 2014

    Looks like you had a super day! I used your sweet potato recipe in the crock pot and they were absolutely delicious. Thanks for the tips.


    November 29, 2014

    Your thanksgiving looks wonderful!! Today we are dropping off a few items at Hope Gospel Mission. (A almost new blender and some books) I hope to get even more de-cluttered as I move through 2015. My movement was PiYo again, but this time it was the drench DVD & drenched I was.

    Lisa Posner

    November 29, 2014

    Glad you all had such a great Thanksgiving! I had two full T-day dinners, one with my inlaws on Thanksgiving and one with my parents (they live 2 hours away) on Friday. My brother was also at his inlaws this year for the actual holiday, so my parents had a day at the casino on Thursday and postponed Thanksgiving to Friday so we could all be together. I’m thankful to have such a close and loving family. We always have a blast telling stories and just being together–and my parents cook an awesome Thanksgiving dinner so I was thrilled not to miss that!

    Challenge update: I ran 5 miles on my treadmill on Thanksgiving before going over to the inlaws. Friday was more challenging because we drove the 2 hours to my parents’ house in the morning and they like to do “dinner” at 1PM, so there wasn’t much opportunity to do any exercise earlier in the day, and we were all full and groggy in the afternoon. I managed to convince my mom to take a walk around the block with me even though it was cold outside and then I walked another 20 minutes or so after she went back in the house. Later that night I also did as many strength exercises as I could without the benefit of hand weights or any other equipment (crunches, pushups, etc) #wycwyc!


    December 1, 2014

    I challenged myself to walk a 5k since I never got around to signing up for a Turkey Trot!! It felt great, especially knowing how much I was going to eat alllll day. Thanks again for the challenge, such a great idea!