My Thankful Thursday

How has your Thursday been? I’m so happy tomorrow is Friday – I am ready for the weekend. We’re supposed to have beautiful weather this weekend, and I can’t wait!

Work, work…I had a better day today. Maybe knowing Friday is so close?

Lunch was a black bean burger over some whole wheat couscous


and some green beans



Originally, there was also an apple planned for my lunch, but Nick and I decided to go get smoothies today. I’m happy we did!


I got the kids’ size of the Cran-Strawberry. This beauty had: cranberry and strawberry juice, strawberries, blueberries, and some orange sherbert. It was so good! I can’t wait to try another flavor. The kids size is 12 oz, and it was the perfect amount. I don’t think I could drink anymore than this at one time.

It was about 56 degrees when we got home so we went for a run. Nick ran a bit slower with me today and that seemed to help a bit with the cramps, but I still ended up having them for the second 1/2 of our run. I don’t know what else to do / try. I did not eat a banana today, and I tried not  to drink too much water or eat anything after 3 so I wouldn’t have too much stuff in my stomach. Ah…so frustrating.

Now dinner….I was excited about dinner.

I pulled some steaks out of the freezer and Nick grilled them along with some red onion.


I made sure to take a picture of it before I sliced mine  :)

I made a big salad with this steak and loved every bite.


  • 3 cups lettuce
  • 1 tomato
  • grilled red onion, chopped
  • 4 or so black olives, sliced
  • about 1 Tbsp feta
  • 3 or so oz. steak, diced
  • homemade dressing: 2 tsp olive oil, 1 tsp red wine vinegar, 1 tsp dijon, salt, pepper, oregano

Perfect way to end today.

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So….why is today a Thankful Thursday? Well, I was reading Polly’s post today and thought that would be a good thing to focus on, especially since I need to get myself out of this funk about the job.


– I am thankful that I have a job and insurance

– I am thankful for my husband

– I am thankful that I am able to run, even when it’s not so fun

– I am thankful for food in the fridge and a good, healthy dinner

– I am thankful for my family and friends

– I am thankful for everything I’ve been given that I don’t deserve

– I am thankful for the One who accepts me as I am

– I am thankful for this blog for making me more creative and open, and for all of YOU – all the new friends I’ve made, ideas I’ve found, and this great community :)


What are you thankful for today?


  1. Gorgeous smoothie!!

    I’m thankful for so many things in life too.

  2. What a great post, Bran :)

  3. Hang in there with the runs! Maybe it will just take time to resolve.

    I’m jealous you got to grill your steaks! I dislike the broiler do much.

  4. Awesome post! I’m thankful that I read blogs that remind me to look at the positive . . . hint hint :-)

  5. Oh wow, love this! Black bean burger looks great!
    And love the list!

  6. I am Also thankful for the ability to run, as well as my husband, my health, the musical score from Scrubs (among other things)!

  7. Love the steak, sans the onion!! :D

  8. I am thankful that Today is Friday, that all my friends and family are healthy and happy, and I’m thankful for my job.
    Great post, you gave me a lot to think about.
    And that steak looks great!

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