Happy Thanksgiving - journaled 11/23/07

Thursday, December 06, 2007

This is the time of year we should all stop and count our blessings.

I am thankful to live in a free country, have a nice warm home, with a plentiful supply of food in the pantry.

I am thankful for a loving, faithful husband, loving children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. I am thankful each and everyone of them, plus mysel,f are in excellent health and are happy, loving people.

I am thankful that I live in an area where the air is clean and pure, the water is good and plentiful, the people are friendly, the crime rate is low.

Something I would not have thought about a year ago is how thankful I am for modern technology and the internet! This past nine months, I have made friends with people from all over the world, all walks of life, all ages. Each and every one of them have a special place in my heart and I am looking forward to meeting many more.

I have met two Spark Friends that I would never have known if it were not for posting on the boards. Both have traveled through my town, but would never have stopped except for food, lodging and gas. Both are dear friends now and we look forward to our next get-together with anticipation.

Last December, when it seemed I was going to keep gaining until I could pass as the Goodyear Blimp, I "googled" for a healthy diet program and up popped Spark People! What a difference it has made in my life. Not only am I slimmer and feeling wonderful, my husband is healthier too. Funny thing about a healthy lifestyle. Our bodies know where they should be. I lost 20 pounds since joining and my husband has not lost an ounce! Yet he feels so much better with a simple little five a day rule we have in place now - at least one fruit and four vegetables every day, preferably raw. Using substitutions suggested on Sparks, grilling and practicing moderation we are both younger than we were a year ago.

The topper to my year so far is that after over 40 years, I am smoke free. I made up my mind that when I got to my ideal weight, I would quit smoking. When I hit goal in August, I thought, "I don't want to quit - I'll gain weight." A dear Spark Friend mentioned she was going to quit - we challenged each other to quit smoking and not gain weight. Yes - both of us may go up and down a pound, but we have done what they said couldn't be done! You do not have to gain weigh when you quit smoking! A healthy lifestyle, a good exercise program and any one can do what we have done! I couldn't have done it without my good friend Deb encouraging me all the way! Sometimes wisdom does not come with age - I needed a young Spark Friend to encourage this old Granny to get with the program! THANKS DEB!

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