Before I get to Thursday’s Elf4Health challenge, I’m pleased to report I did the things I said I would.
I took a 15-minute walk (outside, through the snow) and did some snow shoveling. I tracked my eats (and, until I bought a bag of Chex Mix from the vending machine, was doing a great job of eating low-carb). I ended up at 61 Net Carbs for the day. My water consumption might not have hit 64 ounces, but I drank a lot more than I have been getting (and consequently made more trips to the bathroom).
I feel better already!
Something else that makes me feel better? The simple act of jotting down a few things I’m grateful for. The Elf4Health newsletter included a link to a Gratitude Journal iPhone app. I downloaded it on Monday and have been noting at least one entry a day since.
The notations are nothing earth-shattering — getting through the left turn arrow on the first try made Wednesday’s list, and “24 Hours of ‘A Christmas Story'” was the only thing I entered on Tuesday. (Have I mentioned it’s my all-time favorite holiday movie?)
But noting even the little things gets me to realize how many good things happen to me — even on the days it seems like nothing is going right.
A gratitude journal is something I’ve been thinking of starting for a while now. Thanks, Lindsay and Elle, for providing the impetus to follow through.
Enough rambling: On to my list of 20 things I’m grateful (in no particular order — I’m going free-form here).
- The Boyfriend.
- Friends and family.
- My two adorable kitties, Destiny and Spirit.
- My dog, Cocoa.
- Coworkers who make me laugh.
- Starbucks (you knew that had to make the list!), with baristas who greet me by name.
- My blog(s).
- The blogs I read, which provide information and inspiration
- Friends I’ve met through blogging, tweeting, pinning and Instagramming
- Dr. Atkins. I’ve tried all kinds of diets, and low-carb is the one that’s always worked best for me.
- Elf4Health, for giving me something healthy to focus on during the holidays, and my elves, who have all been fantastic matches.
- My credit union. So much better than a bank.
- Books (real, paper books and the e-books on my Nook and Kindle app)
- The Crock Pot, which allows me to make delicious meals without a lot of work, and my new SodaStream. (I made “pina colada” soda Thursday. Yum!)
- Satellite TV (even if I do complain we have hundreds of channels and there’s still nothing on)
- Writing. Someday, I hope to share my novels with all of you.
- The scenery in my adopted hometown. Seriously. I love having the San Francisco Peaks in my back yard.
- My brain, for its creativity and ability to tell stories.
- Yoga. I need more yoga in my life. I love how relaxed I feel after a yoga class.
- Pens with ink in a variety of colors, notebooks and calendars/planners. There’s something exciting about a blank page, full of potential waiting to be realized. What can I say? I’m the freak who still loves back-to-school shopping even though I have no kids to send to school.
Surprisingly, I could go on. Round about No. 12, I was getting desperate … but then the list started growing almost effortlessly. I had to go back and combine a few of them to keep it to 20!
When I think of all the things I have to be grateful for, it’s an embarrassment of riches, to be sure.