One Mom’s Journey from Fat to Skinny to Confident


8 Little Words, 1 Big Thank You

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Day 2 of The Happy Thanks-I-Can-MOVE-Giving Challenge and feeling great!

I hit the gym this morning for an hour before the kids woke up AND took advantage of this crazy weather to walk The 3-Year-Old to preschool. It’s was 70 degrees out today and snow is coming on Wednesday. Insanity!

Also, I’m all scheduled to make my donation tomorrow!

Don’t you just love the feeling of accomplishing things? It motivates me SO much.

Anyway, today’s gratitude note is inspired by 8 little words the husband said to me this afternoon, and boy was I grateful he said them.

Once I got back from my walk I got right to editing the layout copy of the #wycwyc book. This is like round 3 and I’m going cross-eyed. First of all, I don’t think I realized how much ownership I would feel over this book. I really didn’t think the editing process would be so emotionally draining. From specific words the editor changed to restructuring chapters, it’s really overwhelming trying to keep my (our) vision in mind while managing other people’s opinions, edits and additions.

Carla and I couldn’t be better partners but our style is slightly more chatty than I think the publisher was ready for. Our goal is to inspire and share our thoughts in the most fun, concise way possible, and some of the edits just don’t sound like us.

I got lost while reading and taking notes and and all of a sudden it was lunch time! To make matters worse, I had physical therapy appointment. I yelled over to The Husband — his office is a room away from mine and I was bugging him all morning with rants about the book — and said I was thinking of skipping my appointment so I could just finish the edits.

He yelled back,

No, you should go. You need a break!

At first I was like… no, no, no, I need to finish this!

Then his words sunk in. He was right. I needed to walk away. I was getting overwhelmed and frustrated anyway.

I grabbed a bite to eat.

(Side note: this is my latest obsession…

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Leftover chicken topped with butternut squash puree, ground sage, dried cranberries and a sprinkle of kosher salt. It took 2 minutes to pull together and it was totally yum!  I know… my food choices are getting weird but honestly, this is the stuff I’m really starting to crave.

Anyway, I made it to my appointment and just let go of the edits. It WAS exactly what I needed! Plus, I got good news while I was there. The therapist retested my neck mobility and discharged me from regular sessions. I’m now armed with a home program, which I plan to do in the evenings while watching TV.

When I got back I was re-energized and breezed through the rest of the edits. Finishing them up just before it was time to make dinner — another side note, I made this oldie but goodie!

I am so very grateful The Husband said what he said and if I’m being completely transparent that exact scenario is usually what I complain about most when it comes to him and our marriage. I feel like he never acknowledges how hard I’m working.

Today he did and I’m so very grateful.

OK, your turn! What are you grateful for today? How’s the challenge going?

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    November 25, 2014

    #TGChallenge I am grateful that the sun is shining today.


      November 25, 2014

      I wish I could say the same. ;)


    November 25, 2014

    Obviously you know your marriage and your husband better than I do, but sometimes I think we (as fallible humans) don’t always see or recognize that small comments or even just tiny actions that go unnoticed are the things that can tell us that the people who love us know exactly how hard we work and what our “value” is (if you can call it that). It’s nice that you saw that comment for exactly what it sounds like it was.


      November 25, 2014

      YES! And that’s why I wanted to recognize it. It’s like we always see the negative over the positive!

    Lisa Posner

    November 25, 2014

    I didn’t have a chance to post yesterday, but I am grateful for my amazing job. I am so lucky to have found one that fits me so perfectly and gives me such a huge amount of flexibility. I actually enjoy going to work every day, which is not something most people I know can say. (I’m a coordinator for an afterschool program). Yesterday I ran 5 miles on the treadmill, and today I’m very excited to actually be able to get a run in OUTSIDE because it is 58 degrees out! I just can’t bring myself to run outdoors in cold weather, but I take every chance I get to run when it is nice like this!


    November 25, 2014

    I am grateful to be spending Thanksgiving with my loving and supportive in-laws. Feeling blessed to have such great people in my life! Yesterday I took our dog on a 2 mile walk and will do the same today.


    November 25, 2014

    Catching up!

    Monday movement—45 minutes strength training with plyo intervals; 10-minute run
    Tuesday movement—5-mile run (total run time 51 minutes)

    Giving—Dropped a bag for the food pantry. Will share pic later. Tomorrow I plan to take some books to the library.

    * My boss was able to fix my boneheaded mistake and get my timesheet submitted, so I’ll get paid.
    * I have a job. One that pays fairly and doesn’t suck the soul right out of me. One that gives me Thursday and Friday of this week as paid holidays. I’m never expected to work on a holiday.
    * We have enough. Our needs are met, as are many of our wants. Our bills are paid. We have plenty of food to eat—not all free-range, local, organic food, but good food. Our only debt right now is a mortgage and a car payment.
    * I mentioned when I signed up for this challenge that I went through a cancer scare with my husband. It could’ve been worse. He had three surgeries but never went through chemo or radiation. As long as he gets regular checkups (including blood work and scans), his long-term prognosis is good.
    * Little Guy is getting over some kid crud but is otherwise healthy.

    Kirsten Leah

    November 25, 2014

    I am grateful for the time I was able to spend with my husband’s grandma, who died this morning. She was probably my favorite person in his extended family and made THE BEST french toast. I hope I can find her recipe somewhere; I never felt worthy of asking for it. :) She was ready to go and I’m thankful that she’s no longer suffering.

    Kirsten Leah

    November 25, 2014

    Oh and exercise–yesterday was 45 minutes on elliptical followed by CrossFit, and clothes have been donated!


    November 25, 2014

    I am so grateful I am healthy, have a loving marriage, a nice home, a job to name just a few things. As for exercise I am going to go do my Sweat DVD from PiYo. I tracked for the first time yesterday and came in at 1250 calories! I am on a roll this week.