Happy Thanksgiving, my friends!

Thankful (TOL #28)

Thanksgiving began as a day to give thanks for the blessings of the harvest and the previous year.  A good harvest provided for a bounty of food, hence the resultant feast.  There are many debates to when the first Thanksgiving was actually celebrated but it dates back to the Pilgrims and the early 1600s.

Nowadays, it’s viewed as the start of the holiday season in the U.S. – although, if you ask the retailers, the holiday season starts before Halloween is even over! good grief. – and a time for families to gather together.  A table heavy with food is usually involved followed up by everyone napping on the couch. lol

While the premise is still the same – we’re giving thanks and celebrating together – sometimes it seems that the actual meaning of the day is lost amongst the football games, the turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pies.  People are thankful to be with their families and grateful for the opportunity to eat a whole lot of delicious food but don’t often take the time to review the year and really see what has been harvested and what blessings have come of it.

What are you thankful for this year?  What have you harvested in 2017 and what have you been blessed with?

1. I’m thankful that I was able to provide Thing 1, her husband, and grandthing 2 a roof over their head for 6 months while they both got back on their feet after making the transition from military to civilian life. It was not always the easiest time in my house but I am thankful to have been such an important part of their life. I’m blessed that they still love me. lol

2. I’m thankful that I had an excellent civilian surgeon perform my meniscus root repair surgery in February and that my recovery went well.  I’m thankful that Tricare really supports physical therapy and the therapists I worked with definitely had my best interests at heart. I consider myself to be very blessed that I’m back out on the road, rebuilding my mileage, and doing what I love considering the battle I had to fight with the military clinic/orthopedist that said nothing was wrong and refused to take me, and my injury, seriously.

3. I’m thankful that, even though my sailor is currently stationed 3000 miles away from me, we try to talk every day (sometimes, that time difference can really be difficult, though) and we’re able, financially, to afford the cost of plane tickets to see each other as often as possible. I’m also thankful that I don’t have a job outside the home that only allows me limited vacation hours. I’m blessed that he choose me to be his wife and that he still chooses me today, 21 1/2 years later. <3

4. I’m thankful that my sailor has fully supported my career transition from legal administration and office work to fitness and blogging and that he gave me his GI Bill so I could go back to school full time.  I’m blessed to be married to someone who cares about my well-being (mental and physical) and supports my desires because I know not everyone experiences that. I will graduate in 2018 with my Master’s in Sports and Health Sciences with a focus on Exercise Science and Human Performance. 🙂

5. I’m so thankful for the Sweat Pink community and the relationships I have made and the opportunities for personal and professional growth that I have been given. I would not have gone to BlogFest and Idea World in July if it were not for them and I would not be stepping WAAAY outside of my comfort zone and trying to build a Sweat Pink chapter here in Hampton Roads where I live. I’m blessed to be a part of such a supportive, sweaty, and positive family. <3

6. Finally, I’m thankful for you. Thank you for reading my crazy thoughts and trying my recipes and helping me through stressful times and discovering about my anxiety and depression issues and supporting me. I hope to continue to share and grow with each of you in the years to come. I’m blessed to have you in my life, too, even if we haven’t met IRL. <3

“We ought to make the moments notes
Of happy, glad Thanksgiving;
The hours and days a silent phrase
Of music we are living.
And so the theme should swell and grow
As weeks and months pass o’er us,
And rise sublime at this good time,
A grand Thanksgiving chorus.”
– Ella Wheeler Wilcox

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Thankful to be linking up with Amanda at Running With Spoons for this week’s Thinking Out Loud. Happy (American) Thanksgiving, Amanda!


  1. Amy C. (@RunningEscapade) | 23rd Nov 17

    I’m also thankful to be running after having a meniscectomy. I’m working with an Osteopath here in Hong Kong who is really helping keep my knee happy.

    • Jennifer
      Jennifer | 23rd Nov 17

      What’s an osteopath? That meniscus surgery business is no joke. Glad your knee is happy!

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