Monday, November 4, 2013
AIM: A Thankful Buffet
These are in no particular order, but I have to start off with being thankful that I decided to give losing weight one last chance in May of 2008. Before that, I really was done with dieting and had accepted the idea that I'd just be overweight for the rest of my life. But I made one last effort, and because of that, much of my life has changed for the better. And even though I have dealt with a couple of dumb injuries because of running, the fact is, I wouldn't have had those injuries at all had I not lost weight. So I'm thankful for the injuries because they represent the athlete that I've become, which sounds strange, but it's all part of this circle of change that began in 2008.
I'm also thankful that our children have grown into confident, competent adults. They are both college graduates with good jobs, they live on their own (actually roommates with each other, which makes me happy that they get along well enough to do that), they stand by what they believe in, and I don't have to worry (too much...there's always a little, it's the nature of being a mom) about them. While I miss seeing them as much as we used to, I'm thankful that they'll be home for Thanksgiving and Christmas, and that always is a laugh-fest!
I have to throw in a hearty amount of thankfulness and gratitude that my family members are all healthy now. ::knocks wood, throws salt over shoulder:: Let's keep it that way.
I could go on and on, but I'll finish with this one: I'm thankful for the internet, the world wide web, computers and all of the things that have allowed me to connect with so many of you. Back in my day ::shakes cane:: the common version of reaching out with a stranger was getting hooked up with a pen pal (and I am still in touch with mine from when I was 12 years old). Now, I have many, many friends who live all over the world...and yet, I've never met most of you in person. The internet has opened my eyes to different ways of life, but confirmed that we are all so similar in our hopes and dreams and goals. I'm grateful for this world I call Blogland, and for all of its inhabitants.
AIM: Adventures in Maintenance is Lynn, Lori, Debby, Shelley, and Cammy, former weight-loss bloggers who now write about life in maintenance. We formed AIM to work together to turn up the volume on the issues facing people in weight maintenance. We publish a post on the same topic on the first Monday of each month. Let us know if there is a topic you'd like us to address!