Fitness Friday: How I Spent Thanksgivukkah

Welcome to the Black Friday edition of Fitness Friday, everyone!  No, I won’t be participating in any of the shopping insanity that is Black Friday.  You couldn’t pay me to deal with all of that craziness. lol   On top of that, I actually have to work today.  The only good part about it is that I get to telecommute, so that makes working the day after Thanksgiving a bit more bearable.

For the most part, I have a fairly uneventful Thanksgivukkah yesterday.  It was nice to have a day where I didn’t have to think about work or school, and just relax and think about all the things in life for which I am grateful.  Given how easily we can all get caught up in the day-to-day grind of our normal lives, I really think we should have a Thanksgiving day every month. yes

Donut Dash 5kI started my day off bright and early with a very chilly 5k walk.  It wasn’t an “official” turkey trot event or anything like that.  I just took the opportunity of having the day off to knock out one of my remaining virtual 5k events toward meeting my goals of 13 events in 2013.

Now, I realize when I say “chilly” that some of you are probably chuckling since it was about 48 degrees.  However, given I live in SoCal, that’s definitely chilly for me! As you can see, I even pulled out my iBeani cap I got at FitBloggin‘ a couple of years ago. lol

After that, I spent the rest of the day just hanging out.  I watched some movies, chatted with friends, gaming, etc.  It was just what the proverbial doctor ordered for a day of relaxation.

In the afternoon, I spent some time in the kitchen prepping for a little Thanksgiving dinner.  Since I ate my “big” meal last week, Thanksgiving dinner today was pretty low key.  Rather than cooking a whole turkey, I roasted some chicken instead.  Along with that, I made roasted Brussels sprouts, steamed green beans, baked sweet potato, homemade cranberry sauce, and bake some pumpkin custard for dessert.  Everything turned out great!

I have to say, I was especially happy with how my cranberry sauce and pumpkin custard turned out.  I thought these would be the most challenging to make Simply Filling, but they really weren’t!  I had also planned on making a brown rice stuffing, but ended up decided there was more than enough food without it, so I just skipped it.  I’ll be posting the recipe for the pumpkin custards here on my blog in the next few days, but I’ll just leave you with a couple of my favorite food photos from the day for now.

Cranberry Sauce Pumpkin Custard

Before I close out, I just wanted to say thanks to those of you who have asked me about the voting for the Best Health Blogs contest (link at the top of the page in my sidebar).  Yes, as it turns out, there was a glitch in their voting system that wasn’t allowing people to vote every 24 hours despite what their rules claimed.  Thankfully, they’ve fixed that issue and people CAN actually vote for their favorite blog(s) every 24 hours now.  You can actually vote for each blog twice if you have both a Facebook and Twitter account.  If you are so inclined, I would appreciate it if you throw a vote or two my way. )   I’m currently on the bubble of the Top 25 in the rankings, but would love to make it to the Top 10, if possible.  Thanks for your support!!

Until next time …



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