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What I'm Thankful for in 2014

I think that gratitude is an essential part of a good life. If you don't appreciate the people, places, and things that make up your life, you don't have much motivation do anything. I feel the weight of gratitude every day. Many times a day I think of how fortunate I am to be where I am, and how so much of that is due to other people. I can't write that post every day, but I think I can get away with it on Thanksgiving.

I'm most thankful for my family and friends. The two categories of people are intertwined because I feel like I'm best friends with many of my family members, and that many of my friends are so close they may as well be family. Genetics make clear lines, but in real life they're one big group of people I love.

I traveled with a lot of friends this year, and I'm particularly grateful for that. Sharing my favorite places around the world and discovering new ones with friends are among my favorite things in the world. I'm very fortunate to be able to do a lot of that.

I made only a few new friends this year, but I feel like I became closer with a lot of friends, often as a result of traveling together.

Fitness Friday Week 1 Complete (sort of)

On Man of the Couch

For those of you new to Man of the Couch, every Friday I am chronicling my journey from a skinny white boy to awesomely ripped Spartan. The first step on this journey, the gateway work out plan if you will, is the hundred push-up plan found here.

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I probably should have done this last week but I didn't... here's a "before" picture for the 100 push up challenge. Before you look at it though you may want to grab some sun glasses, I wasn't exaggerating my whiteness...

So far, I'm joined by my wife, my mom and dad, my sister, and my friend Mark Bars... (I'm not cutting off the rest of his last name for his privacy, just because it's weird and hard to spell). Here's what Mark sent me right when he started...

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