I Hate Thanksgiving

The day after Thanksgiving, I sat & cried with my husband about how much I hate Thanksgiving. This year, I find myself emotionally gutted over Drumpf's politics of course. Who isn't?  Even bigger than that my heart remained heavy at the treatment of the Standing Rock protesters. On Thanksgiving. With frigid water. In frigid temperatures. Why can't the United States keep it's treaties with Native Americans?  Why are we incapable of treating Native Americans fairly? Why God why? My heart hurts for them. They fight to protect sacred land & get nearly killed for doing so.So. There's that. Sigh.Without fail, every year I tend to dread Thanksgiving & Christmas. Has anyone else noticed this incredible expectation attached to these days? YOU AND YOUR BIG, BEAUTIFUL FAMILY MUST ALL BE HAPPY! THANKFUL! FULL! *Insert eye-roll emoji* This expectation was something I read loud & clear long before social media gave us clues about not only what we should feel on these holidays … [Read more...]

Staying fit this Holiday?

Yeah, well, I'm not exactly either. I did manage to maintain my weight over the long Thanksgiving weekend ---so that's something, eh? It's not losing, but it's not gaining!This is a guest post from Jessica Costello, a writer with the outreach team at Gym Source. She is also a personal trainer, working mainly with new moms looking to get fit after having a baby. Enjoy!Question: What's the best form of exercise?Answer: The one you'll actually do!As long as your fitness program:A.   Raises your heart rateB.    Has a strength training componentC.    And is done at least thirty minutes a day five days a week – you'll experience significant health benefits.Variety is the spice of life; it keeps you motivated and works better for your body by working different muscle groups. You don't need to go to a gym and use fitness equipment. In fact, here are ten simple, yet effective exercises you can do in the comfort of your own home that can help prevent … [Read more...]