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ThanksGiving: Gratitude Every Day

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Over 390 years ago when the pilgrims and native Americans had the first Thanksgiving celebration they couldn’t have imagined we’d still be continuing the event today.

They came together to give thanks for the  autumn harvest. Even though the holiday also has a focus on food, football and holiday shopping millions of Americans still come together and give thanks for the blessings in their lives.

The first celebrants might not recognize the foods and other traditions of Thanksgiving today but I think they’d be perfectly at home that last part.

Gratitude for Family

My husband and I are grateful for our good health, my job and our home.  But that’s one blessing that trumps all.  It is family.

I took family for granted until I lost my father 12 years ago.  Then my husband lost his mom the following year.  Time with family became very important to us.

Over the past couple of years, we’ve lost our remaining parents along with other family members and friends and we treasure our memories of them.

What Really Matters

Those losses have changed us. These two type-A personalities have been mellowed by life’s blow.

We no longer get all bent out of shape when things don’t go as planned.  My husband says “at least no one got hurt” and I add “that’s what really matters”.

I wish we had learned this long ago, but am grateful we learned.  Thursday I’ll be giving thanks for that wisdom along with the people I love.  What are you grateful for this Thanksgiving?

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caregiver-month

Did you know that November is National Family Caregivers Month?  Don’t feel bad if you didn’t because it was news to me.

You might remember my father-in-law passed away earlier this year.  The past two years of his life there was a lot of care-giving as his health deteriorated.

We weren’t alone.  More than 42 million people in the US are providing care for an older relative or friend.

Our family was fortunate because the family could afford assistance for every day tasks like helping my father-in-law bathe.  Between hospice, home health, his girlfriend and children he was able to live out his life in the home he shared with his late wife and beloved pets.

It wasn’t always easy because his sons didn’t know how or really want to provide personal care.  Who’s really ready to help your parent clean up after using the restroom?

We are grateful our family had the good luck to approach his care as a village. It made sure he got the care needed without burning anyone out.

I was glad to learn there is support and wonderful resources for caregivers at the AARP Caregiving Council.

A few of my favorite ones include:

It’s important that caregivers take care of themselves first.  If you are one and not doing something for yourself, please stop and do something about that.

Before the month is up, let the caregivers you know how much their work is appreciated and share the resources at the AARP Caregiving Council site. Even better, help them get some time away to take care of their own self.

Disclosure: I’m pleased to partner with Midlife Boulevard to bring you this important public service information about National Family Caregivers Month.

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ClassPass Launches in San Diego

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You know I like group fitness classes and variety but I can’t afford monthly memberships at my local boot camp, yoga and pilates studios.  The answer to this dilemma is here …. ClassPass!

ClassPass is an alternative to a gym membership. With ClassPass, you get access to fitness classes at local boutique studios.  There are over 1,000 classes available to ClassPass members, including cycling, pilates, yoga, strength training, dance, martial arts, and more!

You can find ClassPass in eight major US cities including San Diego which just launched yesterday.  Other cities include Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington DC, Boston, Chicago and New York.

For $99 a month, ClassPass members get unlimited classes to use at studios in the ClassPass network. The only sticking point is that you can visit the same studio a maximum of 3 times per monthly membership cycle.

ClassPass offered me a courtesy 30 day membership and I’ve already taken advantage of it by visiting my favorite Pilates studio this morning.  Although I’m traveling a lot during this timeframe I plan to try a couple of new to me studios and might even work up the courage for a spin class.

You can learn more about this innovative fitness option at classpass.com or follow them on twitter or instagramWhat’s your favorite group fitness activity?

 

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Tales From the Scale: Be a Fitness Sneak

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Weight Watchers is offering a new charm for members that attend 8 out of 10 meetings during the last two months of the year.  It will be hard for me to make them all due to holiday travel but to be honest, it’s a big motivator.  It worked this summer and I ended up at a meeting in Savannah, GA!

Bring on the bling!

Being a Fitness Sneak

Saturday, I missed the actual meeting part due to the Fit Foodie 5K but did check-in.  The weekly reader (remember those from elementary school) has ideas for how to sneak exercise into your busy schedule especially during the holidays.

It’s important not to let it fall by the wayside because it’s a great stress-reliever and can burn off any extra calories we may be eating or drinking.  Here are some ideas:

  1. Park far away from the mall when doing that holiday shopping (at our mall; you won’t have a choice!)
  2. Do a balance exercise while standing in the checkout line (stand one leg to strengthen legs and core; alternate)
  3. Use a basket instead of a cart for arm strength; again remember to alternate
  4. Walk whenver possible (to lunch, co-workers desk, etc.)
  5. Keep mat in office and do body weight exercises whenever you have a minute or more between meetings (I have the mat; now need to do the exercises)

Food Plan

I had a fairly good week food-wise.  Tracked 7 out of 7 days on MyFitnessPal. (If you want to be friends my user name is Akeka.)  Last weekend we ate at Mimi’s Cafe for Sunday breakfast.  I ordered the mini waffles with sugar-free syrup.

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They were good but too much bacon on top so I scraped most of it off.  But the meal also came with:

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I ate two of the mini waffles, shared the fruit with my husband and ate a little ham with egg.  The rest went home and I ended up having two more meals from it.

Later in the week we ate dinner at Souplantation.

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Along with this salad I had the Chicken Pot Pie soup (no biscuit) and a gluten-free pumpkin spice muffin.

Fitness

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I made Kaia Fit workouts three days and boy were they intense. The AMRAP above was just one we did Friday.  We also walked two days.

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Weigh-In

Given I got to the Weight Watchers office mid-day Saturday,  I didn’t weigh-in.  So that leaves the weight loss total at:

-47.2 Pounds

 Challenges Ahead

Tomorrow I fly to San Antonio for business. The hotel is on the Riverwalk so I’m hoping the last part of that word means I’ll get some activity.  I’ll  track my meal choices which helps me make better choices.

How did your week towards great health go?

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WIN Detergent Review & Giveaway

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Just because the weather is cooler it doesn’t mean we’re not sweating!  Sweat is pouring off me after my boot camp workouts and although my workout clothes are made from wicking material, they get pretty stinky. Some detergents leave them smelling that way even after being washed! That’s why I wanted to try WIN Detergent when Fit Approach gave the opportunity to Sweat Pink Ambassadors.

About WIN Detergent

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WIN recently increased the size of the detergent bottle by a whopping 50% from 21 to 32 ounces while keeping the same price point! Additionally the dye-free, fragrance free GREEN version is re-introduced.

WIN GREEN is formulated to meet the standards for Design for the Environment certification by the EPA. The formula is hypoallergenic and designed for users with sensitive skin and noses.

Both versions of WIN are:

  • Made in the USA
  • Packaged in bottle made from 25% post consumer recycled plastics
  • Septic safe
  • Phosphate free
  • Not tested on any animals

Using WIN Detergent

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I’ve used the WIN detergents (both formulas) a couple of weeks in a row. WIN Detergent is designed to remove sweat, oil, and odors from technical athletic/sports apparel. My weekly load of workout clothes has all of that!

One capful in my load left the workout bras, tops and pants smelling good.  It’s a relief to feel confident that I’m not wrinkling any noses when joining the group fitness classes.  Especially when we partner up with someone for some of the exercises.

The only thing I didn’t like about the product is that the measuring cap is not the only cap.  There’s a little white cap that secures the bottle and the larger blue or green cap fits over it.  This small packaging issue doesn’t overrule all the great things about the WIN sports detergent!

You can buy WIN Detergent at Amazon for $10.95 plus save $1 with code WINGIVE1.

WIN Detergent Giveaway

Thanks to the generosity of WIN Detergent one Weight Chronicles reader will win two bottles (one of each type)!  Entrants must be 18 years of age or older and have a US mailing address.  You’re ineligible if you’ve won the WIN Detergent giveaway on another blog in the past two months.

Use the rafflecopter form to enter below.  Good luck!
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Disclosure: I received product for review purposes and no other compensation.  All opinions expressed are 100% mine.

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