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Be Thankful, Happier for the Seasons

Italian Style & Morning Run
Last night I decided to make more of Sarena's Chickpea Oat Flatbread. I've been thinking about it ever since the first time I tried it. I also want to try making it spicy to go with chilli. YUM.

This time I added in sundried tomatoes, fresh oregano and basil. I also added in garlic powder. An Italian spin to go with an Italian inspired dinner.

I made a red sauce and tried something new - crumbled in tempeh to make it a "meat" sauce. I served it over spaghetti squash with a side of the flatbread.
 

This morning I managed to tear myself out of bed to meet up with "A" for a run. I have been so fatigued since my San Diego trip. Part of me really wanted to put it off until lunch, but I knew that it was going to be really warm and I'd just end up complaining about how hot it was.

Also, I knew I'd be happier with myself for getting the run done. Plus, it's hard to turn down 45 - 60 minutes of nice conversation in the morning. Great way to start the day I think. But I can assure you I will be very very glad to take my rest day tomorrow and sleep in a bit longer.

Thankful Thursday
I've seen a few posts recently reminding me to be more thankful (Cotter Crunch), to embrace the seasons (Living with Healthy Hunger) and happier (Happy Fit Mama). So, even though I typically my Daily-To Enjoy List, I thought a Thankful Thursday sure wouldn't hurt.

I mean, when we consciously try to remember to be thankful, grateful, happy, sometimes it's easier to let those downer moments supersede the good. Those little things should outweigh the bad, but somehow it tends to be the other way around.

So even though things aren't perfect, there are things to be happy and thankful for and it's important to remember the seasons bring change, ups/downs and a chance for change.

Today I am thankful for:

The chance to run
A husband who doesn't mind cooking
My friends
My family
My health and the health of my loved ones (very grateful as others aren't so fortunate)
Having had the chance to go to San Diego and attend a great conference
Friends I can trust to watch my crazy furbabies

What are you most thankful for today, this week, even this year?

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