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Thursday, 26 November 2015

Good morning and a very HAPPY THANKS-LIVING morning to you and your families.  Oh, I know, this special holiday is actually called Thanks-GIVING but, for the purpose of today's message, I want to place the emphasis on LIVING.  You woke up this morning, you're reading this message and already, you've got one great thing to be thankful for.  God has blessed you with another day on this Earth.  That means, besides the turkey, the stuffing and all the trimmings to look forward to today, you can look forward to another day to improve your life.  To make it better, to make it happier, to make it healthier.  Hey, the way I see it, all of those things work together to improve the quality of your life.

Be thankful you're here, sharing this special holiday with your family.
How is your family doing?  Mine is doing great.  My brother, Lenny and his wife, Cathy, just got back to New Orleans from an exciting river cruise through central Europe.  I won't see them today but they're coming out to visit me for Christmas.  Now that's something I have to look forward to and to be thankful for.  I'm sure many of you will be spending time today with your own families, such a special part of Thanksgiving.  As a member of your family says grace and gives thanks for that Thanksgiving day feast and before you all dig in, be thankful that you're all here and able to share this special holiday together.  There's another reason to be thankful.
I'm thankful for the friends I have in my life, which includes all of you.  365 days a year, I write these Daily Messages for you, all with the same purpose in mind.  To encourage you to lose the weight you want and need to lose.  To motivate you to work hard everyday taking good care of those special bodies God has blessed you with.  To be thankful that you're able to do so many of the things that lots of people take for granted.  To thank God for letting you LIVE to see another Thanksgiving holiday.  Oh, you have so many things to be thankful for.
The average American will consume something like 4,500 calories today.
When you sit down for Thanksgiving dinner, I hope that you'll appreciate all of your blessings.  According to the experts, the average American will consume something like 4,500 calories today.  Hey, that's all?  LOL.  Seriously?  I'm willing to bet that a lot of people are going to consume even more than that.  Don't YOU be one of them.  During the past few days, I've given you some tips on how to reduce the number of calories and the amount of fat in many of your favorite Thanksgiving dishes.  I hope you took my advice.  But even if you didn't, I do hope that you'll watch those portion sizes today.  And if you want seconds, choose another serving of vegetables over Aunt Sylvia's corn casserole.  (You know how much butter she puts into them!  LOL.)
You're alive.  That means you have a fresh opportunity to meet the goals you've set for your life.
Now some of you may have lost someone special this year and that's always sad, I know.  I'm not immune to the pain of losing a family member or close friend.  Oh how I wish my mother, Shirley and my father, Leonard could be here today to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner with me.  But as I like to point out, as long as I'm alive, a part of them is also alive, right here inside this heart of mine.  That goes for the loved ones you may have lost since last Thanksgiving, too.  But in the meantime, please concentrate on all of the many things you have to be thankful for.  You're alive.  That means you have a fresh opportunity to meet the goals you've set for your life.  You have people in your life to be thankful for.  And every new day you're blessed with, holiday or not, is another chance to improve on your life.  Another day to be thankful you're alive.  Celebrate this Thanksgiving by being thankful for....LIVING!
And of course, I give thanks for all of you.  Have a healthy, happy Thanksgiving with your families and don't forget to workout today.  Hey, your sweatin' doesn't take a holiday!