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Be Thankful For What You Have.!!!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Someday I am overwhelmed by the beauty that I see as I go outside and take in all that nature is offering.

To begin with I live in a beautiful country. The Pacific Northwest reflects what some call Gods Country. Majestic green forests, sprawling rolling fields, blue skies, clean air, vast expanse of the might Pacific Ocean. That's just the west part of the state of Oregon.

I live in the Willamette Valley, between the coast and the cascade mountain range. Believe me when I say we have it all as far as a range of different areas to frequent.

This morning I had to go out early to the bank to get gas money for an employee who had a job at the coast. I took Titan with me. He loves to go as most of you know.
When we went out it was cool, I needed to turn the heat on and Titan was shivering in his car seat. But not to worry , the car heated up and he stopped shivering.
We finished our business and drove home. I wasn't planning on going anywhere else, I still had on pj's with a sweatshirt thrown over them. After all using a ATM you never have to leave your car..

Titan was so happy to be out I decided to go ahead and get in a walk. I did have on some good Nikes.
To walk early in the morning, with the sun shining, but still cool is ideal. The flowering trees are in full bloom. The tiny spiders weave the most intricate webs that catch the light and you marvel at the ability of such a tiny creature.
The dew is still on the grass and , the air is so fresh. The world looks clean and all the unrest and crime, and tragedy seems far removed.

As I got home and came into my warm apartment I thank God for all that I have been blessed with.
Starting out with my ability to get up throw on some clothes and jump into my car. No issues with getting around. No problem hooking my seat belt.
Thankful I have a car to get around in and the ability to drive.
Thankful for the income that provides me with my basic needs. Like a warm comfortable apartment. Never lacking in the necessities, of food, medicine , health insurance . And able to provide some of my wants besides the needs.
Sure I have some health issues. But I have good doctors and I am managing.
I realize everyday there are so many who 's health is worse than mine.
When I lost weight I eliminated some of the ailments that were plaguing me.
I also gained one abilities that I am thankful for everyday. To some it might seem silly but to me it's a constant reminder of how I regained control of my life.
I have the ability to walk, run or just stand without my thighs rubbing together. I was so surprised by this that I still marvel that by losing 190 some pounds, this has transpired.
When morbidly obese I would never ware skirts or dresses unless i wore something to cover my thighs, for the rubbing and chaffing was unbearable.
Such a simple thing, to walk and not rub your tights together. Or to see a space between your legs as you stand. It doesn't take much these days to make me happy and thankful for my life changing actions.

What I am most thankful for is the fact that I am living a more healthy life, more active, the fact that I can be more active. The fact that I have all I need to live comfortable. The fact that I am still sharp in mind and have abilities to reach out and help others.
I used to be a very materialist person. I lived to earn more, to acquire more. To dress in designer clothes. Drive the best car, go to the best places. Eat the most expensive food. My children had to have the best I could afford. I wanted them to have everything I didn't have growing up.
It took a while to realize I had the most important thing a child need in their formative years, a good stable home , food and love. All the material trappings can't make up if those aspects are missing. As kids turn out , mine are doing great.

As the years pass I have more time to reflect on my life and what direction it has taken.
At one time in the years of my obesity I wouldn't give it much hope. But I regained my self worth, my purpose and am hopefully headed on a path of being the women I want to be. Doing what I can to make this world a better , cleaner, safer environment. A world that my children and their children can strive and grown in and pass on their hopes and desires for all future generations.

Everyday as we breath and live our lives we take from the world, it's only right that we give back for the other person who will follow us.

Be thankful for what you have. If you want more , do what you can to achieve it.
But do so respectfully and think of others as you go about your daily life.

Time is fleeting, moving faster it seems as I go through my daily life. I used to wish the weekend would be here on Wednesday, but I know it will arrive soon.
And will pass even sooner. So from now on I plan on taking each day as it comes. It might be a full productive day or a day of uncertainty but whatever the day brings i know I will cope with it in the best way I can.
Today I wish peace and happiness for all.
No more tragedy , no more chaos.
Spark on friends, Spark On.!!!
Peace and Love.
Shows that space...Whoo Hoo!!!
Beautiful Majestic Mt. Hood.
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BEATRIZ269 6/18/2013 3:25PM

    Gratitude is a beautiful thing. I also feel grateful for all that I have in my life, the good and not so great. Life and my higher power has been good to me and I trust that no matter what situation I may be going through there is a purpose and that I will get through it. I count my blessings at the ability to get up everyday, have a job to go to finance what I need to live and provide for my family. We are all overall healthy and doing well. Life is good and Sparkpeople has become another blessing in seeing people like myself who have struggled with weight and have succeeded such as yourself. It shows me the way and I am grateful to have heard your story. As always, I thank you for shaing it.

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BIGSKYCHERIE 6/8/2013 5:01PM

    Thanks for a beautiful and inspiring blog. I am heartened that you have maintained your losses and healthy lifestyle for so long! Congratulations! You look BEAUTIFUL! But more than that, you have an inner beauty that comes through by reading your blog. I'm so happy you are my Spark friend. It gives me hope that I can get there too. Thanks again for sharing this blog with us on SP.
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IYA_EKUNDAYO 6/4/2013 9:51PM

    This blog is fabulous! I love it.


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GRACEISENUF 4/30/2013 7:16PM

    You look so great and in shape and YES I agree about being thankful. An attitude of gratitude changes EVERYTHING. When I am thankful and praising God all my worries/troubles melt away. God says in his word he "Inhabits the praises of his people". Makes sense...lol, no wonder we feel his presence most when we are praising and thanking him.

Don't know how I missed this blog but I am glad I saw it today.

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COOKWITHME65 4/29/2013 4:49AM

    Great Blog Trish! Exactly what I needed about now. Thankyou for reminding me what I am thankful for.

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PIMPINELLAN50 4/28/2013 7:53PM

    A lovely and reflective blog, full of wisdom and gratitude, from where you have been and to where you are now in your Life's Journey.
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QTEALADY20031 4/27/2013 7:40PM

    Tisha, Thank you so much for this beautiful blog. Thank you for reminding me of how richly I am blessed with friends and family and the ability to do the many things that you mentioned. We are so blessed! Beautiful picture of Mt Hood and the picture of you is fantastic! You look beautiful! emoticon emoticon June

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MAGGIEROSEBOWL 4/26/2013 5:14PM

    Trish--Thanks for reminding me how richly I have been blessed in this life. I have so much to be thankful for, and it's easy to forget how much we have gained with our weight losses. Like you I appreciate the ability to walk without struggle, to have space between my legs (no thighs rubbing!), to be able to cross my legs (at the knee) when I sit, and to be able to stand for long periods of time! These things might not seem very important, but as you know, when you're morbidly obese and can't do these things--the joy of being able to do them again is immeasurable!!

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REXTINE1 4/26/2013 5:01PM

    You sound like a perfectly happy person. That's a great way to sound.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 4/26/2013 11:02AM

    Loved the blog. You look fantastic and are in a fantastic place physically, geographically, and mentally.

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SPEEDY143 4/25/2013 10:16PM

    emoticon Beautiful just like YOU... inspiring as always and I'm so glad, with all your successes, you remain so committed to SparkPeople emoticon Love you Tisha emoticon Linda

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PATKEEF1 4/25/2013 8:14PM

    Thank you for sharing. I hope Ican do as well, 190 # Woo Hoo!!! I will soon have 100# off, it has taken 4 yrs to get here. I don't have anyone but myself to take care of and I am putting myself first for once.The one thing I have found, we are always wishing for the weekend or tomorrow and as I get older I find those days come and go quicker than I'd like. Like we are already into 2013 four months. Where did 2012 go? Time flys to quickly and we should take time to see the beauty and enjoy and be thankfull. So again, thank you for sharing

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TORTILLAFLATS 4/25/2013 7:37PM

    Tisha, Thanks for the gentle kick in the butt, LOL I mean the nice reminder of what I am here for. To be able to do those things you mentioned.

Yes we do live in a beautiful setting, for sure it is God's country!

Hugs, Gail

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SWDESERTLOVER 4/25/2013 1:00PM

    I love this blog! Thank you for sharing.

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JAOTAO 4/25/2013 12:19PM

    Oh, Tish - what a wonderful blog ... so inspiring and heartfelt. Thank you for sharing all the beauty around you which is only a reflection of the beauty within you. I enjoyed hearing about the wonderful NSVs in store for me as I continue to lose and become healthier. Do you live near the Willamette Valley Autoharp Gathering Festival? I always wanted to go there. Thanks again! Hugs & Love, Jackie

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TXMEMAW6 4/25/2013 10:15AM

    Beautiful blog in so many ways. Thank you for sharing your enthusiasm for life with us! So proud of your many accomplishments. Keep posting those beautiful pictures. Hugs coming your way!

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FRANCO1230 4/25/2013 12:23AM

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Oregon!!! I have family there (in Portland) and although I haven't visited in years I ALWAYS, ALWAYS think of it with fondness. That pic of Mt. Hood alone brings lots of great childhood memories for me. Portland was our family vacation spot every summer as kids. We drove from here in Southern California and spent two weeks up there visiting family on both my mom and dad's side. Some of them are still there. Just the thought of all those good times makes me SO grateful for my amazing life. Thanks for taking me back!!!

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BELDONDOG1 4/24/2013 11:59PM

    Very good blog! I wish I was writing it about myself and hopefully, some day I will. I am lacking the motivation to look at myself and the world around me. I haven't given up and don't plan on it--but I think my mind and body are taking a little vacation that they forgot to tell me about. Thanks for sharing your blog. (hugs) Noel

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EATVEGAN 4/24/2013 11:02PM

    Isn't it amazing that we have so much space all to ourselves!? That's one of things I'm thankful for. Also that I have clean cold and hot water at the flick of a switch. I love your picture of Mt. Hood. On a really, really clear day I can just barely see the top of it over the Goodwill store. Not quite as nice as your picture, but now I can imagine. Love ya Sweetie

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JILL313 4/24/2013 10:35PM

    Your love of life and beauty really comes through so well. You have a wonderful way with words, it's a gift you have. In my youth I was much more materialistic than I am now. I enjoy the small things in life the most such as being with family and good friends. I also feel very blessed in spite of some recent health problems. You've always been an inspiration to me and many others. . .some things never change and that's that I admire you so much. I love seeing your posts and activity feed messages as SP wouldn't be the same without you. Keep enjoying the good healthy life in God's Country.

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ESILBO 4/24/2013 8:32PM

    emoticon AS ALWAYS TISHA, YOU BRING BACK THE...WANT...IN MY LIFE. I SEEMED TO FORGET LATELY BUT I STILL HANGING IN.
TODAY I WENT FOR A WALK TOO, NEAR THE WATER, WITH THE SUN OUT, I FELT REALLY LUCKY TOO.
I AM GRATEFUL FOR WHAT I ACHIEVED SO FAR BUT I NEED TO CONTINUE. YOUR TENACITY IS A MOTIVATION FOR ME. I HAVE TO WORK ON MY MOTIVATION

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GODS_TEMPLE 4/24/2013 4:12PM

    I miss that space between my legs...it WILL be back one day! emoticon

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DGFOWLER 4/24/2013 4:01PM

    There is always something to be thankful for. Blessings... Donna

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TFMNOW 4/24/2013 2:38PM

    Your blogs always remind me that I can achieve my goals. I admire your dedication to daily exercise. emoticon

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CANNIE50 4/24/2013 2:03PM

    This blog is beautiful, as are you, Tisha. I was thinking about gratitude as I walked my dog this morning. Gratitude is an antidote to the blues (which I fight), and to worry. Thank you for a lovely reinforcement of the power of gratitude.

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KSNANA2 4/24/2013 1:58PM

    Great blog! I really enjoyed it!

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PATTYR81 4/24/2013 1:31PM

    Nice Pic!! Great Blog!

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RAINBOWMF 4/24/2013 12:58PM

    emoticon beautiful picture

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LZY0108 4/24/2013 12:53PM

    Thank you for sharing such a beautiful inspirational blog... I'm so happy for all you achieved and you really put things into perspective. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LISBETHSALANDER 4/24/2013 12:24PM

    What a beautiful expression of love for life and your happiness. You are an inspiration for me and many others. It will take time for the pounds to come off and for me to achieve better health, but I know that today I can be grateful for what I've achieved so far and for the place I'm in right now. Thank you.

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