This Happened Today

In yesterday’s post, I shared a particular moment with my son showing his grandmother a compelling video of the harmful effects of cigarette smoking. Tailor is on a mission to help her win the war against tobacco addiction and, from the back seat,  I am cheering him on. Who am I to tell my son to leave his grandmother alone?  Nope.  I won’t do that. I am a spectator enjoying the parade.

Well. After dinner today, my mom and my son walked to the mailbox together. It took some coaxing on his part, but she agreed.

The walk to the mailbox was short but possibly the beginning of a change and the start of a new habit.  Their walk to the mailbox replaced mom’s after-dinner cigarette.

Grandchildren make the world

a little softer, 

a little kinder, 

a little warmer.


Today Is Take Down Day

Are my priorities right??

I make time for my daily workouts. I make time for food prep for the week, but I can’t squeeze in time to take down the last Christmas tree and the rest of the holiday decorations.

Yup!  That is correct!  So what, the tree is still up.  With the Superbowl and Valentines Day quickly approaching, I could just as easily add a few more decorations and all is good.  Besides, the tree is pretty to look at.

Since today is a snow day for me, I guess I feel like taking the remaining decorations down.  Wait!!

Awe man… I forgot I had brussels sprouts cooking on the stove!  Hubby turned them off, but they’re already burnt!  See this is why I’d rather bake my veggies in the oven. The chance of burning is slim-to-none.  I use the oven timer.

brussels

Hubby said they burnt “a little.”  Haahaa!  They are well overcooked for my liking! Besides the brussels are going to take on the nasty flava of the burnt residue on the bottom of the pot.

Anyways making the decision to take down holiday decorations or working out is a no brainer.  Workout! Workout! Workout!   The tree ain’t hurting nobody in the house, so the rule is, hubby takes it down or it stays up until I feel like taking it down.  Lol!  🙂

If fitness is a priority for you, then it is your lifestyle.  When it’s a lifestyle, you make no excuses for not fitting it in.  Remember… NO EXCUSES!

Today is take down the decorations day… gotta go!

By the way, when I’m done, I’ll be working out my abs at home.  🙂  Oh my gosh!  The burnt brussels stink!  😦

Smooches!

 



Breaking Thanksgiving Tradition

Thanksgiving 2013 was probably the first in umpteen years that I didn’t start my day with a 10 mile run or an intense workout.

Finally the moment arrived when I had to decide which was most important– finishing dinner for our small gathering of 10 or heading to the gym for about an hour a half to work out. LOL!

Honestly, the gym is what I wanted to do more than anything else. But I realized that I’d be more stressed after the gym trying to complete dinner.

Our holiday dinner yesterday was different from any other. Why? The sudden death of my aunt took a lot of my family to Tennessee. My mother is one of nine sisters. Aunt Gatha was the baby. Auntie was hilarious and made my childhood years so colorful.

Traditionally our Thanksgiving and holiday dinners serve 30+ family, friends, and anyone in need of a meal or just a warm loving environment.

So this year we celebrated Thanksgiving dinner with absence of the family matriarchs with a small intimate group of cousins. This was the FIRST time in my 40+ years that we’ve done this.

For different reasons, we’re all consciously watching our waistline. We decided to break Thanksgiving tradition and skip the turkey, dressing, cranberry sauce and a few other staple items.

Instead we created out own little seafood fest! Why? Just because and to create new memories. Also, we love seafood. Life is short… Live it well!

The eve of Thanksgiving was so relaxing.  Unaware of my actions, I captured B’Dazzle enjoying some quiet time.

Both ovens are full and the stove top is in full gear.  Just waiting...

Both ovens are full and the stove top is in full gear. Just waiting…

Usually this table is set for the family elders.  My cousins and I got to  eat at the big table this year.

Usually this table is set for the family elders. My cousins and I got to eat at the big table this year.

While dinner was smaller than usual, I still enjoyed the time with my family.  We chatted and laughed about old times and gave thanks for our blessings.

Me and my favorite little cousin Dom. Love her!

Me and my favorite little cousin Dom. Love her!

I am especially grateful for my wonderful, lifelong, and endless blessings.  Being able to open my home to my family, loved ones, and with others who are in need make the holidays all the more special to me.  No Thanksgiving shopping for me!

Be blessed and enjoy the weekend!