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Morning after Thanksgiving rumination


Friday, November 29, 2013

Its the morning after Thanksgiving dinner with my husband's family. So much to be grateful for this year. Happy weddings, nieces getting into college, nieces and nephews gainfully and meaningfully employed; major health issues managed successfully. And me getting back to what I feel is a comfortable, healthy weight.

On Tuesday night, I was looking at pictures on my computer. Silly things that I had taken with the webcam with the lad sitting on my lap back in 2009.

And pictures I took to use for professional reasons in October 2012 when I was at my heaviest (note that this is me trying not to look as heavy as I did).

And so I took some more silly pictures with the kid that night.

Its like that weight gain over the last 4 years is a total blip in what I've recorded of myself. Confirmation last night when only one brother-in-law made any mention about the way I look - the comment was "Well look at you" - and that was it. I enjoyed the meal - lots of interesting veggies on the buffet as well as the traditional turkey/stuffing/gravy, and indulged a bit in the lovely pre-meal cocktail and locally produced chèvre offered before dinner and small slices of pie and that super decadent chocolate brownie cheesecake afterwards. Dinner was in mid-afternoon and we left for home before the leftovers made their way out again. Phew. Honestly I didn't need an evening meal.

Following dinner last night, a few of our discussions really hit home the importance of exercising, for mental well being as well as physical well being. For the last couple of weeks, because of some developments at work and colder temperatures outside, I've been seriously slacking on getting in exercise. I've got options and the tools to fit it in, and in the course of this time through with Spark, I've learned how to fit exercise in with short bursts. Enough excuses.

This morning I feel like, though I may have exceeded my recommended calorie intake for the day, I enjoyed the meal mindfully and have renewed my commitment to make exercise a priority in my day. OK time to put this gorgeous morning and my polar fleece running tights to good use.

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ICEDEMETER 12/4/2013 5:23PM

    The pics are great - and the lad is beyond adorable!

It's great to hear that you had a really good Thanksgiving, and that enjoying the day gave you such positive reinforcement of what you want your lifestyle to be.

So - how did the cold-weather running gear work?!?

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KELLIEBEAN 11/29/2013 10:17AM

    That's nice how you focused on what to be grateful for! Great pictures.

Enjoy your run!

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