Compassionate Thursday

English: Animals

English: Animals (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I will be subbing for Ellen today and tomorrow at 10.  The gym is closed Monday for Labor Day (probably Sunday, too…will let you know later).  Next week I am subbing for Ellen at 10 on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.  My schedule is regular (less Monday, for the holiday)

Today’s 21 day meditation challenge was focused on compassion.  Especially because today is Vegan (Feast) Thursday, please extend your compassion to animals as well as people.  Considering some plant-based options for your meals today will show compassion towards both!

Thanks everyone who continues to vote and share the SilverSneakers link for Charlotte….Much appreciated….and Much love……..

Breakfast for Dinner and Your Daily Reminder to Vote for Charlotte!!!

Yesterday was Vegan (Feast) Thursday, and Mitch and I were both in the mood for our favorite dinner—breakfast!  I don’t ever have much in the house by Thursday night and I after eating super clean all week I am usually in the mood for something a little more decadent.  I took an inventory of what food I did have and opted to make vegan french toast.  All I did was mash up a couple of ripe bananas and added about a half a cup of almond milk to make a thick batter.  To this  I sprinkled in some ground flax seed and ground cinnamon.  I let it sit for a few minutes before dipping (drenching) my bread in it.  After cooking on each side until browned, I plated it dripping some almond butter over the top along with some fresh maple syrup.  It was breakfast, not JUST for dinner, but for dessert as well, so even though it was a bit over the top for me, I was satisfied for the rest of the night.  YUMMMMO

Whenever I eat a high carb dinner, I feel real good about getting out on the street and running, so I will do that this morning.  In fact, since it’s one of the last Fridays of my summer schedule, I plan to run and swim before going to teach this morning.

This quote came in my quote of the day yesterday and I thought it was worth sharing.  If you aren’t feeling as good as you would like to, you might want to consider this.  There is nothing like the feeling of accomplishment after you have put in the effort!

All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work.

— Calvin Coolidge

Before I log out and sit for day 5 of the meditation challenge, I have to say that I am overwhelmed with the generosity of spirit regarding the SilverSneakers challenge and all of you that have voted and continued to vote each day.  Thank you so much for sharing your status and asking others to vote as well.  I no longer recognize the names of the friends of the friends of the friends who have shared my status in asking others to vote.  This morning Charlotte is only about 20 votes behind the first place holder, Grace, and I feel together we can move this amazing woman into the first place spot.  If she wins there will be a party in her honor and I am sure her face will be on a lot of promotional material.  Additionally there will be some equipment gifted to the gym for us but above all, Charlotte will be recognized.  She has done so much fundraising and volunteering in her life and this recognition would be a great way to give back to her for all she has given to the world.  Plus I just love her………….

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For the Love of Robin, Koko and Charlotte

I am thankful every single day that I live in a country that still allows me choices.  The below photo shows just one more reason I choose animals as my friends, not my nutrition.

Koko’s handlers took this photo of the gorilla reacting to the news of Robin Williams’ death. “Koko became very somber, with her head bowed and her lip quivering,” they said.

Thanks for continuing to vote for Charlotte on Facebook.  There is so much to say about this woman.  I have better conversations (about EVERYTHING) with this woman than I do with many of my own peers.  She is funny, loving, caring, giving, smart, open-minded and so much more.  She only comes to class 2x a week because there is so much else to do.  From helping kids with life skills and meditation, to hitting the casinos, creating the most intricate and gorgeous needlepoint pieces and of course spending time with friends and her family including her great grandchildren who she RUNS around with…this 95 year young woman is a phenom.  So keep the votes coming!  She’s nudging her way up to second place this morning.  GO VOTE via the SilverSneakers Facebook page.  Do it every day until we turn the calendar to September.  Thanks so much to all who are doing this daily and also for those sharing their status about it.  I am so appreciative…………..

Today is day 4 of the 21 day meditation and Mitch and I did it earlier this morning.  Today we are love.  Doesn’t get better than that.  Namaste

TBT Meets VFT!

This really isn’t the greatest picture, but it does have Derek, Kyle (home for a visit)  and Pete at the table along with some of the other usual suspects.  Those were the days.  We knew they couldn’t and wouldn’t last forever, but we were always happy for the all those crazy Thursday night feasts.  Our house is so damn quiet without this group!   Miss and love all of you!  So happy you all have such great things going on in your lives!!!

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