MATCHA's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MATCHA MATCHA's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ things I'm thankful for day 98 & 99 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3106765 I'm thankful for mini 187 ml bottles of sparkling wine. Just enough to enjoy without busting the day's calorie budget. Sun, 11 Apr 2010 17:41:19 EST things I'm thankful for day 96 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3098831 I'm thankful that I have a great book and a couple of good movies from the library, and the time to enjoy them this weekend. Fri, 9 Apr 2010 09:28:53 EST things I'm thankful for day 95 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3094954 I'm thankful for Turbo Tax. It makes filing personal taxes easy and the software is quite affordable. It causes less people ask me to help them with their personal taxes. I'm an accountant, but not a tax accountant. Thu, 8 Apr 2010 10:16:40 EST things I'm thankful for day 93... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3091542 I'm thankful that yesterday is over. On to better days! Wed, 7 Apr 2010 13:31:14 EST things I'm thankful for day 92 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3086117 I'm thankful that I get to see my friends at book club tonight! Tue, 6 Apr 2010 09:50:37 EST Things I'm thankful for day 90 & 91 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3081396 I'm thankful that I'm learning to be kind to myself. It is important to set goals and strive to achieve them. However, I'm starting to figure out that resting and recharging is an essential part of the picture, and I don't have to push 110% everyday to reach my goals. Mon, 5 Apr 2010 09:14:52 EST things I'm thankful for day 90 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3075822 I'm thankful that we didn't lose power during the big storm yesterday. The laptop battery only lasts so long, and I couldn't have gathered all of my daily SparkPoints, <em>41</em> Sat, 3 Apr 2010 11:08:30 EST things I'm thankful for day 89... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3072294 I'm thankful that I can begin exercising again today. The stress fracture in my foot took longer to heal than expected and then I had to break in my orthotics. The hard part will be starting out slow and easy. I feel so much better when I exercise that I tend to overdo things a bit. <em>315</em> Fri, 2 Apr 2010 09:33:23 EST Things I'm thankful for day 88 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3068374 I'm thankful for the beginning of a new fiscal year at my company. We've had a bit of a rough go of things lately, and a fresh start is welcome! Thu, 1 Apr 2010 09:29:58 EST things I'm thankful for day 87 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3065014 I'm thankful for all of the support I get from my wonderful SparkFriends. <em>304</em> Wed, 31 Mar 2010 12:01:24 EST things I'm thankful for day 86... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3059919 I'm thankful that the daylight hours are getting longer. I'm ready for summer! <em>67</em> Tue, 30 Mar 2010 09:12:19 EST things I'm thankful for day 85... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3055674 I'm thankful that I have a warm, dry bed to sleep in every night. I work in the Pioneer Square area of Seattle, so I see homeless folks every work day. My 1/2 mile walk to the office today was very wet and windy, and despite having an umbrella, I was decidedly soggy by the time I made it in to the office. I cannot image trying to spend a night out in this weather. Mon, 29 Mar 2010 09:53:15 EST things I'm thankful for day 83 & 84... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3052878 I'm thankful that my father loaned my brother a high powered pressure washer. Dad created a pressure washing madman, and I am reaping the benefits. My brother is outside now blasting away the dirt and moss from my front porch, walkways, and driveway. I thought I was spoiled with my fiancé's cooking, but this is over the top. <em>137</em> Sun, 28 Mar 2010 15:23:22 EST things I'm thankful for day 82... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3045396 I'm thankful to have a partner that constantly surprises me with small kindnesses. This morning I woke to find vegan chili and dark chocolate covered fruit made for me. I'm so spoiled! <em>129</em> Fri, 26 Mar 2010 09:19:04 EST things I'm thankful for day 81... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3041388 I'm thankful that I have a job that I enjoy. Thu, 25 Mar 2010 09:30:40 EST things I'm thankful for day 80... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3039388 I'm thankful that I spent some quality time with Dirk this morning. Wed, 24 Mar 2010 18:32:39 EST things I'm thankful for day 79 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3032946 I'm thankful I'm caught up on paperwork at the office. Tue, 23 Mar 2010 09:19:46 EST things I'm thankful for day 77 & 78 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3028566 I'm thankful that I feel strong and healthy today! <em>104</em> Mon, 22 Mar 2010 09:34:34 EST things I'm thankful for day 76 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3018414 I'm thankful that Spring is just around the corner! <em>126</em> Fri, 19 Mar 2010 09:42:18 EST Things I'm thankful for day 74 and 75 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3014298 I'm thankful that I've received my shoe inserts and will be adding an hour each day to wearing them. In three to six weeks I'll be exercising again. Woo Hoo! Thu, 18 Mar 2010 09:19:04 EST things I'm thankful for day 73 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3007414 I'm thankful for flannel pajamas! Tue, 16 Mar 2010 15:23:10 EST Things I'm thankful for day 71 & 72 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3001100 I'm thankful that I had a houseful of guests this weekend. We made tons of healthy food. Vegan root vegetable and bean soup, hearty salads, and the like. Great conversation, and good fun. Mon, 15 Mar 2010 09:37:10 EST Things I'm thankful for day 70 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2994578 I'm thankful that a friend from Bellingham is coming to visit for the weekend. Sat, 13 Mar 2010 10:43:06 EST Things I'm thankful for day 69... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2990527 I'm thankful that Kathy will be back in the office today. I was running ragged without her help yesterday. I heart Kathy! <em>26</em> Fri, 12 Mar 2010 09:07:02 EST Things I'm thankful for day 68... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2986289 I'm thankful that I missed the rain both waiting for the train and on my 1/2 mile walk to work. Opposite feeling of just stepping off of the train just when it begins to pour. Started raining right after I made it in the door at my office. <em>27</em> Thu, 11 Mar 2010 09:39:43 EST things I'm thankful for day 67... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2982249 I'm thankful for taking a personal day off work. Lovely day to just putter around the house doing whatever I wished. Wed, 10 Mar 2010 11:13:32 EST things I'm thankful for day 66... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2982232 I'm thankful for being invited on a road trip to Portland in April. One of my favorite cities, should be fun! Wed, 10 Mar 2010 11:11:36 EST Things I'm thankful for day 65... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2972243 I'm thankful that I was able to get out and enjoy a bit of the nice weather this weekend. Did a bit of pre-spring cleaning in the yard. <em>434</em> Mon, 8 Mar 2010 09:25:39 EST Things I'm thankful for day 64... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2968641 I'm thankful to be up before everyone else, and enjoying the quiet. Sun, 7 Mar 2010 11:08:09 EST Things I'm thankful for day 63... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2965627 I'm thankful to have a whole day to rest, relax, and recharge. I'll be reading Shanghai Girls by Lisa See, drinking copious amounts of tea, and sharing my lap with my cat. I may even work in a nap if the mood strikes. I can't remember the last lazy day I've enjoyed, but can't wait to get started with my power relaxation plan. Have a great day everyone! <em>149</em> <em>254</em> <em>239</em> = <em>81</em> Sat, 6 Mar 2010 12:14:08 EST Things I'm thankful for day 62... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2961334 I'm thankful to be reconnecting with an old friend/business associate over lunch today. Fri, 5 Mar 2010 09:32:05 EST Things I'm thankful for day 61... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2956936 I'm thankful that I have February financial statements complete early this month. Now I can focus on some long term projects that have been stacking up in my inbox. Thu, 4 Mar 2010 09:28:46 EST Things I'm thankful for day 60... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2954122 I'm thankful for lack of drama in my life. A good book, warn blanket, and a cup of tea are as much excitement as I need. Wed, 3 Mar 2010 16:09:15 EST Things I'm thankful for day 59... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2947244 I'm thankful that I broke down and went to the doctor for new antibiotics yesterday. I'm feeling wonderful today compared to the last few weeks. WooHoo! Tue, 2 Mar 2010 09:14:13 EST Weekend recap - Things I'm thankful for days 56, 57, and 58... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2941899 I'm still fighting a sinus infection, and was down for the count again this weekend. Calling the doctor today for change in antibiotics. Before the crash and burn Saturday night, I did spend a lovely day in Bellevue with my son and his new girlfriend. Here are the things that I was especially thankful for this weekend. <BR> <BR> 1. My son passed his written test at the DMV. <BR> <BR> 2. We enjoyed a nice movie -Shutter Island <BR> <BR> 3. My son showing more and more interest in reading... Mon, 1 Mar 2010 09:21:39 EST Things I'm thankful for day 56 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2930203 I'm thankful that I keep connecting with folks who really need this site. Happy to be spreading the Spark! <em>252</em> Fri, 26 Feb 2010 09:13:26 EST Things I'm thankful for day 55 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2925986 I'm thankful that my son and his new girlfriend are coming to visit for the weekend. I'll be defending my title in Wii boxing. Thu, 25 Feb 2010 09:46:17 EST Things I'm thankful for day 54 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2921777 I'm thankful that I have regained the use of one nostril. Only recently have I fully understood the true blessings of a fully functional nose. <em>30</em> Wed, 24 Feb 2010 10:51:41 EST Things I'm thankful for day 53... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2916861 I'm thankful that I have warm homemade soup to clear my sinuses this morning. <em>481</em> Tue, 23 Feb 2010 09:24:06 EST Catch-up day for things I am thankful for days 50,51,52 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2913498 I am thankful - <BR> <BR> 1) -to be up and out of bed today. Still running a fever, but starting to feel like I'll soon rejoin the ranks of the living. <BR> <BR> 2) -to have a wonderful fiancée that sat with me in the ER, and made me smile despite feeling lousy. <BR> <BR> 3) -that I have the day off of work to relax and recover. Mon, 22 Feb 2010 13:48:55 EST Things I'm thankful for day 49... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2900829 I'm thankful for the beautiful weather we are having in Seattle right now. It is supposed to stick around for the weekend too! <em>67</em> Fri, 19 Feb 2010 08:56:04 EST Things I'm thankful for day 48... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2896934 I am thankful to be named as a SparkPeople motivator. I never would have guessed when I was the sick, tired, and depressed 240 lb. person I was 10 years ago, I could someday give others hope to break the cycle of obesity. I didn't really believe I could lose all of the weight when I started, but figured I had nothing to lose by trying a few healthy habits. To my surprise, I learned that the downward spiral of sickness and weight gain can be reversed. The upward spiral is wonderful! Thu, 18 Feb 2010 09:50:36 EST Things I'm thankful for day 47... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2892696 I'm thankful that I live within walking distance of my local library. Wonderful place and a workout on the trip! <em>149</em> Wed, 17 Feb 2010 10:56:13 EST Things I'm thankful for day 46 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2887888 I'm thankful that I am feeling strong and healthy today. Tue, 16 Feb 2010 09:47:38 EST Things I'm thankful for day 45... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2883900 I'm thankful for the President's Day bank and mail holidays. Going to use the extra time to get ahead with other paperwork! Mon, 15 Feb 2010 11:30:46 EST Things I'm thankful for day 44... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2880642 I'm thankful to have woken up to a refrigerator full of dark chocolate covered strawberries prepared for me by my fiancé while I was sleeping last night. I won't eat them all, I promise to share with workmates tomorrow! <BR> <BR> The lovely man is currently in the kitchen preparing healthy bean soup for lunch. <BR> <BR> I am so spoiled! Sun, 14 Feb 2010 14:29:22 EST Things I'm thankful for for day 43 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2878581 I'm thankful that I'm done filing my 2009 taxes. <em>244</em> Sat, 13 Feb 2010 20:57:42 EST Things I'm thankful for day 42... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2873250 I'm thankful to have a relaxing weekend planned. Nothing pressing on the table (although if I'm a good accountant, I'll file my taxes), and plenty of PJ time awaits. <em>102</em> Hope all of my wonderful SparkFriends enjoy the weekend too! Fri, 12 Feb 2010 09:23:01 EST Things I'm thankful for day 41 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2869129 I'm thankful that so far all of my tests for secondary causes of bone loss have come back negative. Looks like it is just the Celiac Disease to blame, so should be highly treatable. Thu, 11 Feb 2010 09:21:58 EST Things I'm thankful for day 40... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2865996 I'm thankful for the outside IT team that supports our accounting software. Spit and duct tape masters! Wed, 10 Feb 2010 13:36:23 EST