Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Things I'd Like To Have
A meal at Scotty's Lakehouse. Scotty's restaurants focus on organic and local food for as much of the menu as possible. And the food is GOOD! Books on Eating Clean. A magazine subscription to Clean Eating. To run further than a mile OR to hit the 20 minute length in a run. New pants. In this new smaller size. Cuz my size 16's are almost falling off of me! *** I sat on this post for over an hour, trying to think of fun things to list as things I want... I don't have much. I still want that specific clean eating book- but I also just won a book on a FitCity Indy Twitter chat! It's "Back to Basics" by April Adams. And my trainer, Bridget, loaned me "Eat This and Live!" by Dr. Don Colbert. So I'm covered on healthy books for a while. I have to say that life is mighty peaceful when I'm not focused on what I want next... on what thing I think will make me happy... I mean, if someone handed me $1000 and told me to go spend it, I would certainly be able to do so! But I'm not aching for things that I think I'm lacking. I also notice that when I am not distracted by wanting things, I have a lot more awareness of the amazing little blessings and accomplishments already in my life. For example... I just put on my wedding band and engagement ring for the first time in over a year. My fingers were too fat before now. The gym went out and bought larger towels. When Christy and I finally headed back to the gym back in January, a new towel policy was in place. One towel is free, there is a nominal charge for using a second towel. I grumbled because the towels are small and not fluffy so I "need" one for my body and one for my hair. I grumbled because the towels were too small and barely fit around my body when I dashed from shower to toilet stall. Now... the towels suddenly seem so much bigger! I bought size large workout clothes to celebrate my Race for the Cure. I took them to the gym Monday- without trying them on. I bought size L because I knew I could shrink into them in a few weeks. So I kicked myself when I got to the gym and realized that I had grabbed clothes that most likely would be too tight. With a very familiar dread, I stepped into the pants and started to pull up and... they FIT! The shirt FIT. I was shocked and so pleased! My husband is handy with household projects- but also likes to cook. He doesn't do full meals. But on Monday, he cooked a pork tenderloin and a rump roast. And they were tasty. And now I don't have to do major cooking this week- just a side and a veggie and/or fruit each evening. We got done with dinner early enough last night that we got to take a walk around the block! Gratitude is such an important part of living. In church on Sunday, one thing that stayed with me from the sermon was that the best way to form a bond with someone or to strengthen a bond with someone is to thank them. Having a hard time with someone at work? Thank them, sincerely for something. Want to feel closer to your spouse? Thank them, sincerely, for something. If you want to be content... if you want to be happy... if you want to experience joy... gratitude is the place to start. What are you grateful for today?