November 25, 2009

Thanksgiving Wishes

(Wait, this image is courtesy of "Rip the Skull?" How festive!)

So have a wonderful Thanksgiving tomorrow, if you are celebrating that holiday, and if you are not, have a wonderful Thursday!

In my mind, Thanksgiving is a great chance to appreciate good food, close friends and relatives, and all that we have to be grateful for.

But while it can be a joyful time, it can also be a somewhat stressful time.

Photo: Zellaby

There are plenty of cultural assumptions about what Thanksgiving is supposed to be like, and the expectations are pretty high. Unless you live inside a Norman Rockwell painting, there will likely be opportunities for disappointment, conflict, anxiety, and embarrassment and crankiness as well as the requisite joy, love, gratitude and peace. Here's hoping that your Thanksgiving day includes more joy and gratitude than bickering and humiliation! And if any culinary or social disasters occur, may they at least make for an entertaining story to tell next year.

So there will be no tips from Cranky Fitness about how to eat "light" tomorrow, or how to make every item on the table super-duper healthy, or what you should do with the leftovers, or how it's already time to start Christmas shopping and what you should do to get organized about that.

Instead, I suggest you just cut yourself a few acres of extra slack. And try to enjoy the day and the company you're with--even if this year it's just your wonderful own self and a peanut butter sandwich!

I have much to be grateful for in my own life, but rather than bore you with my list like last year, I just wanted to say a brief thank you everyone who stops by Cranky Fitness--you are such a supportive, clever, warm, thoughtful bunch of folks!

And special thanks to cobloggers, past and present. Cranky Fitness would have long since gone silent without Merry, Gigi, and Jo bringing great advice, encouragement, good cheer, and, of course, a good dose of crankiness to this odd little health blog.

Have a great holiday tomorrow!


  1. Well, I'm so thankful for this blog, and for all of you!
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. Thanks and have a great Thanksgiving too!

  3. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone out there! What a wonderful holiday, I wish we had it in England.

  4. Happy Thanksgiving Crabby! And I agree with your philosophy - just enjoy the day. :)

  5. Have a happy one Crabby!!! I am so aware of those family get togethers that can sometimes turn "crazed"! :-)

    I will be exercising tomorrow morn before the food & I have plans to eat well BUT save for my special treats! I like my healthy food but I like to save my splurge for the treat!


  6. Yes, I'm serving generous helpings of slack tomorrow. Thank God we didn't try to go out of town. I have FOUR DAYS OFF! Well, if you don't count cooking for Thanksgiving as work.

  7. Crabby, I'm thankful for your explicit permission to do what I was probably gonna do anyway tomorrow...although "acres of slack" is the best way I've ever heard it said.

    Best. Holiday. Ever. Since I have the enormous good fortune of spending it with friends and a small amount of family (which I actually like), I think I'm the luckiest duck there is. Something else to be thankful for!

    Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.

  8. Hope you have a peaceful Thanksgiving.

  9. I'll have to go over your thankful list from last year for a refresher.
    Happy Tday! Don't eat too many gherkins.

  10. That is exactly what I am planning to do - just enjoy the day and the people who I get to see. Happy Turkey Day to you, Ms. Crab!

  11. Happy Thanksgiving!

    (My family and I will be doing our own style of "burpees" around the table after the feast).

  12. De-turkey-lurkeying to wish you, Lobster, and all the Cranky Fitness crew a very Happy Thanksgiving! I don't have much time to comment anymore, but I do read and am grateful for the laughter and good advice your blog has given me!

  13. Happy Thanksgiving to all. If you're not in the U.S., celebrate anyway! Can't have too many celebrations.

    I'm very thankful that this year I get to feed people, instead of picking my way through the allergic minefield of other people's cooking.

    Mary Anne in Kentucky

  14. Well, I was going to say "Happy Thanksgiving" but that's been done. Several times. Wouldn't have much impact by this point.

    How 'bout -- "Have a Wonderful Getting Stuffed to the Gills on Good Food Shared with Good Company While Feeling Grateful for all the Good Things You've Got Day" instead?

    P.S. Crabby -- one trusts you are planning to hold this year's Christmas/Festivus celebration somewhere besides an outhouse? :)

  15. Have a great Thanksgiving! I hope all of you enjoy the day:)

  16. Happy Thanksgiving, Crabby, and the whole crew!
    I'm grateful for this blog, and especially for you, Crabby, for being so supportive and encouraging!

    Have a great holiday!

  17. Happy Thanksgiving!

    A little story about how dumb I am. I never realized there was more than one contributor on your blog. I wonder if I just seem to read only when you were contributing.

    I was reading a thankful post and one of the things on the list was SINGLEHOOD! I practically jumped out of my chair so I could run around screaming "where is the Lobster, where is the Lobster?"

    Then like a bolt from the skies, I noticed the name Jo. I said to myself "self, who is this Jo?"

    I then referred to the column on the left side of your blog and found to my surprise there are more people here than I originally thought.

    I have been having some great laughs at myself. Hopefully I won't be blocked from commenting due to my lack of brains.

    Hope it was a great holiday!!!

  18. Happy Thanksgiving..!!! Have a wonderful holiday..!!


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