One Mom’s Journey from Fat to Skinny to Confident


Weekend Quote: Doing Things

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It’s about time I start the weekend quote tradition back up. I always have fun scouring the web for that one quote that speaks to me each week. This time it’s by Margaret Thatcher…

“Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It’s not a day when you lounge around doing nothing; its when you had everything to do, and you’ve done it.”

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this. Everyone always tells me how busy I am. "How do I get so much done?" "You always have so many things going on." "There always so much on your plate."

I’m crazy, I realize this and sometimes I get overwhelmed with all that try to accomplish but ever since I decided to overcome my body image fears and get out and DO things I’ve been a healthier happier person.

My blogs, the community, a new job, building a new house, training for a marathon, raising a four year old, running a household, cooking, organizing a conference, Geesh I AM nuts! BUT doing things makes me feel alive. This is one of the husband’s and I biggest problems. He would be perfectly content lounging around and doing nothing all day and that drives me bonkers! Guess what he’s doing right now…. that’s right… sleeping! :)

Anyway, I think this quote means more then accomplishing big things I think it’s the little ones which make the bigggest difference. Climbing that rock wall, trying that spinning class after work, taking the extra half and hour to cook a healthy meal WITH your family. It’s these small things that will not only leave you satisfied at the end of the day but help you reach your weight loss goals while finding peace with who you are now. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that when I started doing more I started worrying less about how fat I looked.

Do I still have fat thoughts? Sure. They are never going to go completely away for me. After my moving food fiasco I felt and feel a bit "bleh" but instead of crying about consuming too many calories I’ve been getting out and about. Yesterday I went for a run, walked around the farmers market with the toddler, recorded a video for GreenLiteBites, got my hair done, cooked dinner for the family, went to the driving range and played a game of putt putt. Today we are gearing up for a fireworks display tonight but only after a day at a local beach. Which reminds I got to pack some healthy snacks and lunches! Gotta run… bunches to DO! ;~)

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    July 4, 2009

    I agree! I think being good to yourself and being active definitely has a domino effect and can feel great! I would add that a major key is doing things I WANT to do. If I do a lot of things that feel like obligations or things I think I “should” do, it drains my energy and can have the total opposite effect.

    There are always things that need to be done that maybe aren’t my favorite things but sprinkling in things I want to do and are fun to me makes me feel really good!


    July 4, 2009

    This is very inspiring for me. I definitely do more since becoming a healthy person but I could up that a bit. Feeling accomplished is a great feeling!

    I couldn’t agree more! It is so important for your health and well being to be up and moving. Yeah sometimes it is crazy, but in the end you do feel great :-)


    July 5, 2009

    Great quote! I feel the same about the end of a well-done busy day. And, like you, I often find that I’ve done those things alone (sans husband, who like yours enjoys the couch life a heck of a lot).
    I also feel better about myself now that I’ve committed to a lifestyle change…and I don’t really have much on the results end yet. Just doing life better makes me feel better about myself.
    I’m sorry you had a tough time with food over the move. I told you before I’ve moved 19 times, and I can’t think of a move that didn’t involve crap food. It’s just how we cope with the stress and lack of kitchen. I’m just glad for you that the move is over, and that you’ve already made it to the farmers market! You’re already on the right path again. Don’t you just love the right path?
    -Erin P.
    (don’t write anything back…that gives you more time for you!!!!)


    July 5, 2009

    Great quote! And I think it’s very true. I feel best after a busy day of doing things. I can’t just do nothing, or I start feeling bad about myself, make bad choices – it’s a vicious cycle.

    Have a great, busy week! :)


    July 5, 2009

    OMG, I am sooo glad I am not the only one whose hubby loves the couch while I need to have a busy day to feel like I didn’t waste it…

    I LOVE that quote as well!!