Thursday, November 24, 2011

Gratitude Attitude

Happy Thanksgiving to Everyone!

Here are 12 things for which I am grateful this year:

  1. Health - This is not a cliche response. I am a former 385 lbs woman who currently does not take any prescription medication or need any OTC antacids or cold medications. This year I have not needed any antibiotics. I hate to tempt fate here but I have not even had a cold since before the summer. My health is better now than I was when I was half my current age. For this I am grateful. 
  2. Family Relationships - Getting healthier all the time. I still love the guy I married 28 years ago. I am in close, almost daily contact with both our daughters. They both friended me on Facebook and then taught me how to use it. I am on speaking terms with all my relatives - even some I have not seen in 30+ years. For this I am grateful.
  3. New Friends - Some of my new friends are people I just met in Colombia and some are people I have known for several years but only recently have we moved past 'acquaintance to become closer, more intimate friends. For this I am grateful.
  4. Travel Opportunities - This past year I traveled to Mississippi, Tennessee (2X), North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana (3X), Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, New York (3X), Medellin, Colombia and in January weeks we will be cruising to Puerto Rico, St Maarten, St Thomas and St Johns. For this I am grateful.
  5. Mentors and Coaches - I am grateful for my mentor in weight and life management - someone who makes me grow even when I do not want to. I am grateful to my Book Coach who has been encouraging me in realizing and writing my book and getting it ready to be published sometime in 2012. For these I am grateful.
  6. My new nephew, Daniel - I was concerned about my sister carrying her 3rd child at age 44 but she truly thrived during her pregnancy and gave birth to a beautiful gift from heaven: her son Daniel. His arrival was a double blessing because it gave me additional time to spend with his older sister and brother, whom I adore. For all this, I am grateful.
  7. The medical skill of my brother's doctors and nurses - We did not think my brother would make it through his second surgery this year. Today he is walking on his prosthetic legs. For this I am grateful. 
  8. The Ability to work, in a job I created for a company I own, that gives other people memories that last a lifetime. For happy faces on all my clients, I am grateful. 
  9. The Honesty to face what I need to see about my food addiction, even when I do not like what I see. I may not always be ready to accept what I need to do but when honesty is involved, I cannot hide from acceptance very long. And still, I am grateful. 
  10. Every reader, blogger and commenter - you are appreciated and I am thankful for each of you.
  11. For winning the Powerball Jackpot - sometime in 2012. For this God, I would be very grateful. 
  12. For the sense of humor that I enjoy in my mind and share with those who know me or read me. With laughter all things are easier. Without laughter there would not be any point in keeping the pounds off. 
Have a wonderful, food-sane day! 


5 comments:

Caron said...

Wonderful post. I too am thankful for a lot of things.

We are starting out well here in Tucson, AZ. Breakfast was Greek yogurt with two tablespoons of homemade cranberry sauce. Big meal will be ready in a half hour or so. I went for a three mile walk too. Happy Thanksgiving to you! :)

downsizers said...

My Thanksgiving Day was great. I am thankful that I don't feel the need to overeat anymore. That anxious panic that used to get the best of me has finally been tamed. My method is to wait for the growl, eat what I want in small amounts, and then wait for the next growl. That really works well for me. The biggest challenge is managing amounts so that I will be growling when I want to be. I went to Jazzercise this morning and my first growl was at about 10 a.m. I didn't want to eat too much as we were eating at noon and I needed to take my pills with some food so I had a banana. I figured that would be a carb that would be digested pretty quickly so that I could save my growl for noon. Hope your Thanksgiving was full of all the really important things.

Jane Cartelli said...

This was a wonderful Thanksgiving. Dinner was milk fat free/sugar free and I got to have my favorites because I made my own cranberry dressing and pumpkin custard. I took a 1/2 cup measured amount of stuffing - that was hard to do but it was a victory today.

Have a wonderful evening.

Jane~

E. Jane said...

Loved your list! Glad you had a wonderful day today. It sounds like you make it work for you! I did the same. It is hard to take just 1/2 C. of stuffing--my favorite, but it satisfied me. Most satisfying of all was spending the day with my family!

Sarah With Love said...

Great List, its days like these that remind us that we are actually quite lucky. Happy thanksgiving.