One Mom’s Journey from Fat to Skinny to Confident


What Makes You Happy?

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Weekly QuestionI may have asked this for a previous Question of the Week but honestly, I can’t remember. I’ve asked over 100 of them. I really can’t keep track anymore.

Aaannnyway… I was inspired to write this post after jamming out in my car alone to this song…

Yea.. yea.. it’s the Bangles and it was the 80s but I don’t care what you say… this song ROCKS! I blasted it as loud as I could and sung it at the top of my lungs. If I was on an episode of Motormouth you would have had a good laugh at me. Especially because the next song was this…

and it requires signing aloud too. It just does. If I ever get the guts to do karaoke that or this..

will be my song of choice.

But I digress. The reason for this post is for you to think about what truly makes you happy. Peel away all the self-consciousness and body image crap. Remove all filters and external influences. Dig down deep and THINK about it. When are you happiest? What puts an instant unforced smile on your face? Is it a person? A thing? An activity?

Me? Well as I established, driving alone with the radio blasting makes me happy.

These guys make me happy…

Cooking makes me happy.

Feeding my son good food and actually having him eat it makes me happy.

The beach makes me happy.

A good movie makes me happy.

Helping others makes me happy.

UPDATE: I had to add this one on post fact… Watching The Husband play with the boys puts a smile on my face every time!

Reaching goals makes me happy… (today’s food journey)

Food Notes WWP WWPP
Whole Wheat English Muffin w/ 1 tbsp almond butter and 1 tbsp jelly CRAZY morning. This was fast and required no cooking. My kitchen was a MESS 5 7
Sweet Sausage and Vegetables over Bulgur with sugar snap peas instead of green beans. I LOVE leftovers for lunch! 9 11
strawberries dipped in sugar-free pudding made with half greek yogurt (I ran out of milk) The Little Guy asked if we could make pudding after school. I couldn’t resist! 3 2
Minted Iced Tea Water was getting boring 0 0
Chicken like this This was the best dinner EVER! I even snuck some ground flax in the breading. 8 9
Roasted brussels sprouts like this 1 1
an obscene amount of butternut squash fries like this 1 1
Fresh Cantaloupe 1 0
Total: 28 31
3 mile run this morning. I snuck one in after nursing the baby and before Little Guy got up.

Ok YOUR turn. What makes YOU happy??

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There are 10 comments so far.

    Tracy aka Tiny Tank

    September 27, 2011

    Oh yeah, the children eating GOOD FOOD delights me!! Just tonight I was watching my son stuff his taco with lettuce, peppers, tomatoes, avocado….I asked him didn’t he want any meat and he said “this taco will be my salad taco”
    What makes me happy is that my child chooses to eat veggies and good foods.


    September 27, 2011

    sending handwritten letters to my friends and fam makes me SO happy. seems like people rarely get anything personal in the mail anymore, and a little love note is sure to cheer anyone up :) also, watching old episodes of friends – gosh that show was amazing!


    September 28, 2011

    I have been married almost 23 years – and have 2 amazing children and come from a wonderful family – and there are times when that slaps a smile on my face in an INSTANT – however – your question causes me to pause….

    What puts an instant unforced smile on my face??? What makes me happy? I really have no earthly idea!!! I think I just find joy and happiness when I allow myself to put down my critical negative inner voice and really LIVE. That is something I have been getting better and better at as I get older and realize how much time I have wasted with the negative stupid crap in my head!



    September 28, 2011

    cheeeezy but finding people who just GET ME.



    September 28, 2011

    Wow you just brought me back in time with those songs. I love 80’s music and you just made me happy for today hearing all these songs : )


    September 28, 2011

    I actually like watching your video. That makes me smile
    watching my cats play
    and also love listening to loud music in the car.
    thanks for the music.


    September 28, 2011

    Beside the obvious things that make me happy, my family, my friends, my health…little things like a good glass of wine (in a nice glass), finding money in a pocket of a jacket I haven’t worn since last spring or being childish and taking photos when I find rude shaped vegetables at the farmers market can sure make me happy too!

    Cat B

    September 28, 2011

    My sweet boy and watching my husband play with him make me happy, too!!


    September 29, 2011

    I have to agree with you and other posters…watching my husband play with our daughter (2yo) makes me smile. I like to just sit back and soak it in rather than run for the camera. My daughters laugh puts an instant smile on my face, making food that others enjoy, the first sip of a pumpkin spice latte in the fall, a good hair day, cuddling with my husband in the early hours of the morning when we are both still half asleep.

    It really is the little things in life!

    Patty @ A Day in My NYC

    September 30, 2011

    I’m trying to figure that out right now. Just going through a funk and I’m not sure why. Luckily I am not “eating my way through it”…so that’ definitely something that makes me happy.