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Give Thanks

I am thankful for many things – one little thing is that my gym was open this morning, so I was able to get a swim in. At first I planned to swim 3,000 meters, it is my only workout today and I will be eating a feast later on. Then I remembered that I am tapering and I will burn off plenty calories through the week to compensate for one larger than normal meal. So I swam 2,000 meters instead. Good thing too because more people were in the pool than on a Saturday morning. I think I was not the only one with the idea of a pre-feast workout. My workout was an endurance swim and I am so pleased to see even my pace for 200’s, 300’s and 400’s is improving too.

Now for the meaty part of what I am thankful for today – time to talk turkey. (I just had to get that in today!) With this being Thanksgiving, I do want to express my gratitude to all of those I have met this year through blogging. It started December 30th as my New Year’s Resolution to set up a blog and write daily. So far, I haven’t missed a day. I never imagined all that I would gain from this experience. So many of you have offered so much encouragement to me. Reading about life experiences, successes, disappointments, funny stories, and many expressed opinions has been a great motivation. I miss several blogs I follow when someone hasn’t written in a while. (Speaking of, Ms. Hippie Itch, I miss reading your creative experiences!) The variety of writers is amazing too. Not just fellow athletes, but fabulous cooks, business minded people, faithful believers, and even a dating journey to follow. My life is richer for knowing you all.

Yes, I am very thankful for my wonderful family, friends, career, and this great nation I live in. There are so many things for which to give thanks. Even the blessing to breath in fresh air today. So I wish you all a truly wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving. Enjoy every moment, good or bad. For they are the only moments we know we have.