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I Am Thankful, truly, for this evolving Lifestyle

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Because of Spark People, I have been developing healthy habits which I will continue long after I have reached my goal weight.

I have
1. increased my fiber to over 40 grams most days. This has resulted in my intestinal difficulties (which I blamed on my colotomy) disappearing. I feel hope for a healthy future.
2. added anti-angiogenic foods to all my meals and snacks, which gives me something I can do proactively to possibly keep cancer from returning a third time, and to also kill off the blood supply to my fat cells.
3. learned about Fly Lady, who helped me see that I had a bit of depression bubbling under the surface which kept me from being who I really am.
4. come to terms with my sweets addiction.
5. felt free to discover what I WANTED and the BEST WAYS to MAKE THAT HAPPEN, despite all of the ads articles of information, and everyone offering differing opinions.
6. learned the futility of following low calorie diets.
7. learned the value of whole foods close to the source.
8. started a fall veggie garden for the first time in my life to get excited about vegetables
9. learned the value of eating LOTS of fruits and vegetables
10. noticed that as my quest turned up a question that I had no answer for, the topic would probably be discussed within the week on a friend's blog to team forum.
11. learned to look for exercise which I considered to be fun
12. learned to ask the question somewhere on SP, and someone knowledgeable on the subject would stop by and help me out.
13. learned I work well with small, quickly attainable goals.
14. lost 31 pounds in 4 months.

For all of these things, I am truly thankful.

Did you notice the absence of the other side of the journey? The lack of appreciation for my habits which I've formed for exercising? All I can say is, they are probably forming but I'm not thankful for them yet.

Do you know the story of Peter Marshall, when he lifts the lid on the casserole at the dinner table, and asks his wife to say grace because he couldn't find it in himself to be thankful for the contents? He knew he was going to eat it. He knew he should offer thanks, but it wouldn't be sincere.

But there IS hope for me. Yesterday and today, the new orthotics didn't hurt. My feet did, but nowhere near what it was like pre-orthotics. So perhaps the walking and biking and playing pick-up-the-hula hoop will be more enjoyment and less chore soon. I AM thankful for podiatrists.
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    Wow! Great list. The exercise will become a little easier I am sure. Just make certain you keep doing things you like. I was forcing myself to go to the gym when I would rather be out walking. It was stressing me out, so I stopped going and I feel much better about the exercise I am doing now.
    2044 days ago
    The veggie garden hasn't saved me any money yet, with getting Mel's Mix into the frames. My mom can't wait to eat my $50 cabbage or $75 acorn squash. But I won't ever have that expense again.

    The Prince is driving around in a car fueled by wine. I think I'm worth it eating a $50.00 cabbage this year. BTW, the cabbage are phenomenal!! They would probably win a prize if I could only find a contest to enter.
    2044 days ago
    Learning to live healthy is a wonderful thing!
    Being thankful for the exercise will come! Even though my knees ache most days and hurt some days, I enjoy getting out for my walks, I see lots of wild life, ducks geese, groudhogs, foxes, deer, blue herons, hawks and a few times bald ealges. I also love seeing the evolving flora over the years time.
    That veggie garden you planted not only provides you with wonderful close to the source food, but it saves you money and provides great exercise.
    2044 days ago
    What a beautiful list. Wow, so many positive changes.
    2044 days ago
    Thanks CB
    2044 days ago
    You are making wonderful progress towards your goals. I wish you continued success.
    2044 days ago
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