You got to have friends….

On the healthy lifestyle front, my wife and I both are doing really well by keeping up our good eating habits and exercise routine. Anna is much better than I in her commitment to exercise. I am going but not often as she does. I am very proud of her dedication to it and she does rub off on me some. The winter weather put a damper on my schedule, along with us being without water for 24 hours and having to get that repaired. I know, just excuses and I will get better!

Saturday night, we enjoyed a meal out with our good friends The Harville’s.  I have told you all about Chris and Leigh in an earlier blog, just great people who I am very proud to call my friends. Chris, Leigh and Anna have been friends since their middle school days. In fact, Anna and Leigh have been best friends since the 7th grade. They are so close that sometimes people will mistake one for the other. Even Facebook gets them mixed up! Anna and I decided that this would be our first, official cheat meal. We had been on our diet (I still hate this word) for over 2 weeks without allowing ourselves the cheat meal we had earned along the way. So, we met Chris and Leigh at our favorite Mexican restaurant and enjoy a good, bad meal. Anna had a chicken quesadilla and I had grilled steak covered with mushrooms and onions. It was deliciously bad!! We ate chips and salsa and had adult beverages too! Good news is, we gained no weight from our night out and we are got back on track yesterday. It was fine to reward ourselves as long as we did not over indulge and got right back on track the next day. Anna REALLY enjoyed her margaritas but that is a story for another time. This is the “Fab Four”.

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I am really amazed at the friendship that Anna and Leigh have been able to maintain for all these years. In fact, they, along with 4 other beautiful ladies are the true meaning of friendship. They have all stayed an important part of each other’s lives for over 30 years. They have been there for the good, the bad and everything in between. I call them the Ya’Ya’s but I think their official moniker is “The Hot Mama’s”. They will get together 3-4 times a year for a girls night out and each and every time they do, Anna comes home with a sore stomach from laughing so hard. It is a shame that we all can’t be more like them and keep the friendship fires burning all these years. I can’t even tell you where my best friend’s in high school now live, much less anything about their lives. It is funny how people who were so important to you at one time, are now more or less just memories. It is just the way life goes. I guess my best friend would be my wife Anna, followed by Chris. Life can get in the way of friendships. Then there are those friends that are there when you need them, even if years have passed.

In your life, you meet so many people. Some are just acquaintances, some become friends and others you keep up with over the years. If you are fortunate though, you meet people who become more than friends, they become family. I have not seen Chuck Sinclair in over 20 years but, when my dad had his stroke in 2015, somehow Chuck tracked down my phone number and was one of the very first to reach out to me to see how he was doing, how my family was doing and offering to help anyway he could. Later when Dad had to be put in a nursing home to continue his physical therapy, Chuck was there again, getting Dad a room, making sure he had everything he needed and let his managers and staff know, this man is my family, he has my cell number, not afraid to use it, take special care of him. I don’t know if I deserve that kind of loyalty but I am thankful to be blessed enough to have a friend like Chuck. I hope he knows that loyalty runs both ways. Here is a picture of Chuck and I, taken in 2016, over 30 years since the day we met. No one make me laugh as hard as this guy.

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A healthy lifestyle is more that just a diet or exercise program. There is also a mental aspect to it as well. I know for me, when I am eating right and working out, I feel better about myself. I am happier about me when I am on that right path. Good friends can also contribute to a healthy lifestyle. They are there to pick us up when we fall, there to celebrate the accomplishments we achieve and there to always put a smile on our face. When you have good friends in your life, you always have something to be happy about. If you are lucky enough to have true friends in your life, then you should count yourself as truly blessed. I think as human beings need those kinds of friend in out lives. Anna has a nick-knack in the house that simply says, “Friends and Family you choose.” I am lucky enough to call those close to me not just a friend, they are family. I hope they know that about me, that I consider them family. I hope they feel the same way. Life is way to short not to let your friends know how you feel. Tell them today, don’t put it off.  As the Garth Brooks song “If Tomorrow Never Comes” so elegantly states” “If my time on earth were through, and she must face this world without me, is the love I gave her in the past, going to be enough to last, if tomorrow never comes.” Garth may be talking about his lady here but, would your friends know how much they mean to you, if tomorrow never comes?

Be good always and be kind when you can and you can always be kind. Much love my friends.

 

 

 

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