These past two weeks have not been my best. After a strong first 4 days of using MFP and checking in with a few friends on a daily basis to ensure I had made the best of my day (health wise), it all came tumbling down with the arrival of the weekend and my lackluster to track during my “fun family time”. The weekend wasn’t a total bust though – we did enjoy a family fit weekend that included swimming and going to the park and jumping on trampolines (again! – I can not repeat myself enough – Sky Zone is SO.MUCH.FUN!). Then on Tuesday, I temporarily forgot I was no longer a pre-teen and (may have?) broke somewhere between 1 and 3 of the toes on my left foot; leaving me hobbling around like a lame mule who has been proclaimed unfit for any activity. This past Saturday, I was flooded with some sort of N.A.S.T.Y. gastro virus that left me at home, in bed, never further than a foot away from my bucket or bathroom. (on the upside… can anyone say 24 hour detox diet????? – I jest)
Needless to say, with a less than stellar few weeks, I don’t have much to report on the weight loss side. I did step on the scale today, and it was down to 215 (which is down the 2 lbs I had gone UP last time I checked in, minus another .4)… but with the weekend I had, I’m not sure how much I can count on that weight staying off. Yesterday alone, I was PARCHED and could not get enough water into my poor re-hydrating system.
Instead, I have chosen to use this post to try something new. I am putting aside the last couple of weeks and instead choosing to focus on the positive.
And so, (for the very first time) I decided to write a gratitude list that I can use whenever I need it to remind me how much I have in my life that is POSITIVE and something to be proud of.
- I am a mother of 2 beautiful, loving and respectful children.
- I have a husband who is my best friend; with whom I can share my hopes and dreams and who supports me in all my aspirations.
- I have a close knit family which grew exponentially when I married my husband. He has a wonderful, large extended family and I am so very lucky to have been accepted into that family; to learn what being part of a “family” means, outside of your parents and siblings. And for my children to grow up with that sort of support system surrounding them is beyond words.
- I have many great friends that I have made throughout my 36 years. Some spanning from infancy, who I don’t see often but when we do get together, it is like no time has been lost at all; and other more new friends, made through this web site’s name, who share a similar health goal and who have provided me with the feeling of such a safe place for me – where for the first time in all my life, I am free to share numbers I would never had imagined I could utter out loud.
- I am grateful for my big, strong legs that keep me going during long runs that I never EVER thought would be possible. They remind me of years of riding horses and all the love that brings with it.
- I am grateful for my 2 beautiful c-scars that are a daily reminder of the two wonderful beings I grew and their shear determination, even before birth, that they wanted to do thing THEIR way and nothing was going to change their minds.
- I am grateful for medicine – without which I don’t know if I would have survived.
I could go on, but you get the idea… Today, I am trying to remind myself of the things I have that are normally taken for granted and hold onto that feeling to take me through this next few weeks.
What about you? What are you grateful for?