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The Small Things (A Short Post of Gratitude)

August 20th, 2008 · 13 Comments

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I was just scratching my collarbone, and I’m still amazed that my collarbones have emerged from my body in the last 15 or so pounds of weight loss.

When I’ve had abdominal surgery before, it’s always been followed by a natural period of swelling and then an unnatural period of extreme weight gain as I don’t move around much but still eat copious amounts of food trying to assuage my concern for what is happening to me.  This time, the former happened, and I feared the latter.  Even as the scale did not creep up much (about a pound), I feared the latter.  I feared the latter so much that I was avoiding putting my size-10 jeans on because some part of me was sure they wouldn’t fit.  But they do, I am quite happy to note—they still fit me just as well.  Learning to handle my emotions instead of stuffing them into myself with food has been such a powerful force in my life that the jeans still fitting me is just a bonus, but it’s a bonus I’ll take!

My mother-in-law graciously bought great tickets for the two of us to see The Color Purple when it was here in Atlanta a couple of weeks ago.  I loved the book when I read it ages ago, and I loved the show.  Because purple is my favorite color, and because I loved the show, I decided afterward to buy a t-shirt. I asked for a medium (general adult sizes, not women’s sizes), but when the guy gave it to me and I held it up, I frowned and asked for a small instead. “Yeah, of course” he said, with a tone of “Duh, of course you want a small.” I blushed with pleasure at the assumption I’d need a small. And it fits just right.

It’s time to register for the fall version of the PE class my husband and I took this summer. Not only was the class in the summer great for keeping me engaged at a time when my exercise usually lags (Georgia is hot as Hades in summer, after all), but my husband has seen all sorts of benefits from it, too. Between that class, off-day badminton games, and a couple of small dietary changes, he’s lost about 10 pounds in the last few months, lost at least 2 percent of his body fat, and toned up quite a bit. He’s sexy no matter what, but, yes, I’ll take this, thank you very much.

I plan to resume running on our off days from exercise in the next couple of weeks. It’s great knowing that I have stayed in good enough shape this summer that I should be able to pick up close to where I left off with running in the spring.

I’m not trying to get pregnant, but I still regularly think I might be pregnant; I know I’m not alone in this monthly game I tend to play with myself. (Not being pregnant almost makes a girl grateful for cramps.)  I realized today that if my husband and I got pregnant from this point forward, he would (barring any disasters) be finished with his Ph.D. at the time of the baby’s arrival. That’s a mind easer.

After at least, oh, five years of wanting one, I finally bought a salad spinner when I saw one for a really cheap price at a discount department store.  I love it–just love it. Especially because we tend to buy salad greens from the farmer’s market, and they need a good wash, it is so great to be able to easily spin the greens to a light dampness in seconds.

Those are my happy grateful bits for the moment; if you want to share, I’d love to hear some of yours.

Tags: gratitude · non-scale victories · running just as fast as we can

13 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Kristen // Aug 20, 2008 at 10:23 am

    I think we all know the monthly pregnancy dance. I did it myself until I stopped paying attention and (you guessed it) wound up pregnant. I hope it happens for you soon, too.

    Also? I love my salad spinner. I’ve had it for ages and use it constantly. It’s also a good berry washer.

    And yay for the constant motivation for working out. I will need to find mine soon. 🙂

  • 2 Andrew is getting fit // Aug 20, 2008 at 10:57 am

    I’m glad things are going so well for you. 🙂

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  • 3 Joy // Aug 20, 2008 at 11:01 am

    Right now I’m grateful for gluten free friends, living in an apartment on campus rather than a dorm, and gluten free pizza. Nothing beats coming back to your apartment after sitting in class for 2 and a half hours and eating lunch with a friend.

  • 4 Lilbet // Aug 20, 2008 at 12:34 pm

    Love your blog.

    Please tell me more about your salad spinner. I’m in the market for one.

  • 5 sally // Aug 20, 2008 at 1:05 pm

    Kristen–I’ll be happy when we reach the point we’re as ready for that as y’all seem to be, but I think that’ll be a couple more years for us! Maybe even five. We’ll see.

    Joy, those are all great things to be grateful for. If you make your own pizza crust and it’s not packed with eggs, I’d love to have the recipe. (A lot of really tasty gf ones seem to have eggs, but you know, that puts me out of luck!)

    Lilbet, thanks. The salad spinner is just a basic large one from Cuisinart. I either found it at Ross or Tuesday Morning, and I think I paid $13.

  • 6 Lorelei // Aug 20, 2008 at 3:18 pm

    It has been hard to be grateful lately what with worry about money and school starting again next week, but here goes. I am grateful for my friends and weekend camping trips. I am grateful for the rain today after weeks of endless heat and humidity. Mostly I am grateful that even with everything going on my husband seems to have an endless supply of patience while I try to get myself together.

  • 7 Hannah Celeste // Aug 20, 2008 at 9:56 pm

    Wonderful. So happy for you and your size smallness! WOO!

    I really need to get a salad spinner, too. I used to have one (found it at a thrift store) but I believe it broke. I thought it was a weird trend but it really is a useful tool.

    I really should start a gratitude journal. I’m grateful for my friends and family and wonderful husband and daughter, and for my creativity being ignited and steady recently. I really want to focus on those things and not the other things (money issues, weight issues, toddler tantrums, etc). I think there IS something to the law of attraction (like attracts like). And also…I think it’s just nicer to be grateful than grumpy! (although an occasional grump fest is totally understandable.

    Happy Day to you!

  • 8 Kay // Aug 21, 2008 at 7:56 am

    I am thankful that I’ve had the summer to sort out my food issues. Mindless eating is now part of my past. Every bite I consume was lovingly planted, tended, harvested and prepared. I feel very connected to my dirt.

    I’m very envious that you have Ross stores in Atlanta. I loved the Ross near my vacation spot in Florida. But celiac has kind of used up my vacation budget, so I haven’t had a chance to shop there lately. Even though Ross fits the same description as TJMaxx (we have those in Indy) I’ve always had better shopping luck at Ross.

    My favorite salad spinner is a Zyliss. It was a gift from a dear friend. It has a retracting pull cord (like a lawnmower!) that spins the lettuce.

  • 9 Laura N // Aug 21, 2008 at 10:32 am

    It’s good to read you are feeling great. I love my collar bones, too. And seeing the bones/tendons in my feet. And not having back fat rolls. All those little things that I never knew would make a difference in how I feel about how I look and how I feel about myself.

  • 10 Rachel // Aug 21, 2008 at 11:52 am

    There is something so wonderful about buying a small shirt! It really is one of the little things that means so much.

    As for baby on the mind I wish you luck. When the time is right it will happen. 🙂

  • 11 Katie // Aug 22, 2008 at 10:00 am

    Yeah, discovering that you do in fact have bone structure is a beautiful thing. Collar bones are especially nice. I’m glad that you’ve found yours.

    At the moment, I’m just grateful for an (almost) work-free weekend with my family.

  • 12 Jen (Modern Beet) // Aug 24, 2008 at 6:42 pm

    I am grateful that you stopped by my blog and so I was able to find yours! 🙂 You write so eloquently about the human experience!

    And on a different note, there’s a vegan/raw restaurant in San Francisco called Cafe Gratitude — all the dishes have names like ‘I am lovely’, ‘I am adaptable’, ‘I am graceful’ etc — when you order, the waiter/waitress immediately repeats back ‘You ARE graceful!’ — though it’s cheesy, I sort of love it… 🙂

  • 13 Jenn // Aug 25, 2008 at 7:03 am

    My salad spinner is one of my favorite things!

    Re: Jen’s comment, I visited Cafe Gratitude when I was in SF and loved it! I ordered “I am abundant.” 🙂

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