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Happy Thanksgiving! — What I Am Most Thankful For

Every week of the year I create, think of, dedicate and write a Word-of-the-Week (WOW). And I’ve been sharing that for the past 3 years.

And I have to honestly say that this week, THANKSGIVING week, is one of my favorite weeks of the year.


Well, because THANKSGIVING is a pure American holiday, filled with traditions: family, football, feasting, parades, charity runs, feeding the less fortunate, and more feasting… turkey, stuffing, yams, apple and pumpkin pies, and then some more….

I want to take a moment to just “Give thanks…and then some” for all the blessings in my LIFE; in particular the PEOPLE in my Life.

So many of you have helped me become the person I am today, and who INSPIRE me and help me IMPACT other people today. And I thank YOU this week for that.

And I’m particularly blessed this Thanksgiving to have my Mom (81 years old) out here from Florida. I’m pumped to spend quality time with her for a couple weeks and to have her famous apple pie and “hard sauce” on Thanksgiving also.

As I’m often reminded, it’s not WHAT’s in your life….it’s WHO’s in your life that counts.

So friends, the WOW for this THANKSGIVING week is “Give thanks…and then some.

Give thanks… and then some to your spouse or significant other for their support and love.
Give thanks… and then some to your children, young, grown or nearly born, for it is the sacred co-creation of life that is why we are here.
Give thanks…and then some to your parents if they are still with us, let them know how much you appreciate their love and sacrifice for you.
Give thanks…and then some to your friends, near and far, whom have been there for you, in good times and bad and who have your back.
Give thanks…and then some to your mentors who gave you their precious time, wisdom and guidance and positively IMPACTED your Life.
Give thanks…and then some to your Teammates and staff that deliver with you VALUE, and SERVICE and LOVE to your cherished clients.
Give thanks…and then some to our first responders, our military, caregivers of the sick and so many working on Thanksgiving for their dedication.
Give thanks…and then some to our clergy, pastors, ministers of Faith who pray and shepherd and provide spiritual counseling for so many.
Give thanks…and then some for our way of life, our freedom to choose, our ability to work as fitness/wellness/health professionals, humbling.
Give thanks…and then some to God, your Faith, your higher power, your spiritual center that provides Light, Hope, and Peace for you and in you.

And then some…

Give thanks …and then some for YOURSELF.
For the gifts you’ve been blessed with…
For the beautiful journey you are on…
For the positive difference you make for so many every day…
And for the LEADERSHIP and LOVE you “purposely” practice.

I give thanks…and then some for ALL of you!

Thank you and HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!! I hope you have an absolutely fantastic week and are able to celebrate the many gifts/blessings in your life.

Much love and much thanks.


Todd Durkin, MA, CSCS, is an internationally-recognized performance trainer, bodyworker, speaker, author, and owner of award-winning gym Fitness Quest 10 in San Diego, CA (one of the Top 10 Gyms in the U.S.). His outstanding team of 38 professionals deliver extraordinary service in personal training, sports performance training, massage/bodywork, Pilates, yoga, physical therapy and chiropractic. Todd is the Lead Training Advisor for Under Armour, regular contributor to Men’s Health, and author of The IMPACT! Body Plan.

Todd is also the President/CEO of Todd Durkin Enterprises where he conducts motivational keynotes/presentations, educational & leadership workshops, he operates a Mastermind Group for dedicated fitness entrepreneurs, and he presents internationally on health, fitness, peak performance, and success in life.

You can follow him on Twitter and Instagram at @ToddDurkin, his FB Fan page at ToddDurkinFQ10, or sign up for his monthly motivational newsletter at You can get more information on his facility at or

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