Thankful Thursday isn’t always easy… but it can be yummy

I try to write at least one post a week. Even though I’m not really sure anyone except my mom reads them (thanks mom), writing can be just as cathartic as a good workout. It helps me streamline my oftentimes jumbled and harried thoughts into what (I hope) are coherent ideas. And, just like after a good sweat session, I tend to feel great after finishing a post.

Then there are days when it’s not easy to write. Either because I feel like I have nothing to say or no sense of direction, I think who even cares what I have to think, or I know the direction but stubbornly refuse to go with the flow…like today!

It’s #thankfulthursday, but let’s be honest…being thankful isn’t always easy. Yes, there are about a BILLION things in my life that I can and should be thankful for, but sometimes I just want to have a pity party and say, “Woe is me, life sucks…I’m tired and sore AND I still have to teach spin class tonight…no amount of coffee or chocolate is going to make this day any better.”

The good news is (once again thanks to mom) that my pity party lasts about ten minutes. That’s how long it takes me to come to that pivotal moment that usually rears it’s ugly head around the 35min mark of a 2hr run or rep 8 out of 12 of what seems like the hardest workout of all time… that moment when I can either give in, let my day be full of negativity and just plain suck, or I can push through, suck it up and realize that being upset about #firstworldproblems and wasting precious time whining is just plain silly.

What’s it going to be? 

I choose thankfulness and optimism. So today I’m thankful for the promise that God has plans “to prosper and not to harm” us (Jer 29:11) and I’m thankful for the beautiful cherry blossoms that are starting to bud here in DC… a reminder of new beginnings all around us.

blossomsAnd… I’m thankful for memories like this #tbt one

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80s rollerskating for my 25th birthday…my family went all in and my “little” cousin came in full MC hammer mode. Love, love, love  them!

And… I’m thankful for whoever invented BBQ! I found this idea on a friend’s Pinterest Board and thought… why didn’t I ever think of this!

Meet BBQ Shredded Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes…

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I made the BBQ Sauce from scratch and it was sooo easy!

Ingredients:

  • 1TBSP olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1C ketchup (I use Simply Heinz)
  • 1/4C Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/4C water
  • dash Cayenne pepper
  • 1 TBSP Chili powder
  • 2 TBSP Paprika

In a small saucepan, heat oil & then brown garlic. Add remaining ingredients, stir and bring to simmer. Allow to cook for 15min or until thick. D-O-N-E!

I took two roasted chicken breasts, shredded them and stirred them into the sauce…that’s when it got serious!

Not going to lie, I had it last night for dinner AND a little more of the chicken for a snack and I will be eating it again for dinner tonight…if nothing else makes this day better that WILL! YUM!

So…What’s it going to be for you today, tomorrow, this weekend? And, what are you thankful for?