So a few glasses of wine and some writing did the trick. Also – crab salad sandwiches. Seriously, this is my new find. One whole can of lump white crab is only 60 calories (and is a buck twenty five at big lots). I mixed it up with some light mayo, celery, and onions, and ate one melt (with light cheese and some pickles with the mixture) on an arnold’s sandwich thin and then put the rest of the mixture on another half of a thin. All being told, probably about 300 calories and it was like a feast, especially mowing down a half a bag of snow peas and some hummus too. I got some good quality writing done, and I went to bed happy.
I woke up today and had a wonderful morning yoga, and braced myself for the crazy. So far, no crazy. My butt has escaped the teeth marks that I expected it to have this morning. It may only be a deference until Monday, but after 4 days off, I’ll be ready to deal with it. I’m going to put my head down, enjoy the quiet, and get the last thing on my to do list done before I slide off into long weekend mode.
But not without a show of gratitude. This year, I am thankful for (in no particular order or importance):
-Being able to continue to pay mortgage and live comfortably with minor modifications even through a one income + one unemployment check period.
-That my Zliten got a job, back in the industry, making enough that we can start pumping up that savings account again.
-For a full time job in a stable company that is seeing success even through this crappy economy. It may not be the favoritest job I’ve ever had, but it sure beats the hell out of just about any alternative right now.
-That I’m leaving another year fitter and healthier than I went into it.
-For things that happen just at the right time to keep me sane/engaged/awake/hungry for more.
-For amazing technology that is part of my life. My phone can internet. For 15 bucks per month, I can listen to just about any song I ever want. With the push of a few buttons, my car can tell me turn by turn how to get home from ANYWHERE. A web page that I can put my turn by turn run and how much time it took, and it will tell me my distance and pace. I’m not talking astrophysics here, just those little conveniences that make life a little more…ahhh.
-Luxuries like pest control service and the alarm company. These were things that we considered giving up during the lean times, but then relented when 1) we had a mouse in the house, and instead of dealing with it ourselves, we just called the dudes and within a day, the mouse was gone and the entry point was patched up and 2) we had a break in where the dude opened the door, the alarm went off, and he didn’t even take anything. Even the easy pickins.
-The fact that my parents now live a short drive away, and we can see them more often. And in not-week-long doses that drive us both a little batty.
-My wonderful friends. Another fun year of outings, parties, potlucks, fun, and games.
-Maintaining a healthy weight. It may not be my ideal or my happy weight, but I can’t look in the mirror and hate myself. Besides those nagging little imperfections, I don’t mind my nekkid.
-My headspace shift in the last year from exercising and eating for weight loss to eating to fuel my exercise, and exercising for accomplishment and sport. It may make losing harder, but it feels like a more sustainable and healthy place to be.
-I am finally at a place in my life, where I can decide what I want to do, set some concrete goals and put a plan in place, and more often than not get there, and if not the moon that I’m shooting for, I usually end up among the stars (to paraphrase that quote badly). I wanted to lose weight, and while I’m not at my final goal, I’m beyond my wildest expectations back then. I wanted to run a half marathon in 2 hours – I ran it 16 mins slower – but seriously, who cares? I went through a 3 month training program where the only person I was truly accountable to was myself, and finished. Now with NaNoWriMo – I might not finish in a month but I’ve got a solid plan to keep at it and the realization that I CAN DO IT.
-To be married to the most wonderful Zliten in the world, and that we had an awesomely fun friend and family filled destination wedding that was totally worth all the stress.
-The awesome fit/health/food blogging community who stop by here to read my rambles. Seriously, you deserve a freaking medal sometimes. You all understand what I go through like no one else does sometimes.
-Amazing advances in media. Instead of having to cope with just what’s on TV when it’s on and synchronizing our watches (remember having to be home at 8 for your favorite show every week and watching all the commercials? ha!), we can be amused anywhere, any time, by anyone with the internet.
Case in point:
I’m sure there’s much more I’m forgetting, but I’ll wrap this up for now. Happy Thanksgiving out there, bloggie folks. Hope you have a wonderful weekend, and remember – if you gobble gobble, you should also waddle waddle! ::grin::