by Tammy on November 21, 2017

It is two days before Thanksgiving and I have so much to be thankful for. First, I am thankful that my marriage, which looked to be ending just one short year ago, is intact and getting stronger by the day. As funny as it may sound, I have Dan’s blood clot to thank for that. It was horrible at the time, but it has resulted in so many positive changes. I give it credit for bringing us back together. It is also responsible for our lifestyle changes. I am now over forty pounds lighter than I was a year ago and Dan is sitting at about fifty pounds lighter with about twenty or so to go. The blood clot was responsible for me digging in and researching food and stumbling upon the whole foods plant based way of eating. It is also, in a roundabout way, responsible for me deciding to focus on health and pursue my MPH. I am currently taking a break from a test in my biostatistics class in order to write this post. My progress has slowed down, but I want to take the next several days to buckle down and make some progress.

I am thankful that this will be the last winter I have to endure in the frigid Midwest. Dan’s weight loss has resulted in him being much colder and now I think he can empathize with me a bit more. We still haven’t made much progress on the house, but once we start I know it will go fast.

I have my Thanksgiving menu printed off and yesterday I went shopping for supplies. I plan to dig in tomorrow and pre-make everything I can so that Thursday is as laid back as it can be. I got my Christmas tree mostly decorated yesterday (FINALLY). I still have a few ornaments to put up and then I need to decorate my mantle. I am hoping that Ben will offer to do it for me, and then I can get the boxes out of my living room. Friday I plan to work on my classes and give the house a good cleaning and then the weekend will be dedicated to making good progress in my classes. I want to finish up the easier class in the next couple of weeks so that I can focus on the biostats class. Next Tuesday I have a doctor’s appointment to discuss my heart issues and refill my asthma meds, which I haven’t done for years. Most of the time it doesn’t bother me, but every once in awhile it flairs up, so I should have the meds there for when I need them. Next Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday I work, so I won’t get much accomplished those days. I might have to work on Monday for Risa (the preschool teacher I worked with last year) if she ends up getting called for jury duty. She got called today, so we will see what happens.

In other exciting news, a few days ago April’s cat caught and brought in a snake. It was slightly injured so we rescued and rehabilitated it. April kind of wanted to keep it (it was just a small brown snake), but people in the group who helped us identify it threw a fit about keeping a wild caught snake, so she decided to release it, but not until after she had bought a 20 gallon aquarium with all the necessities for a snake. So then I started talking about a really cute hognose snake I saw when we took a field trip to Fontenelle Forest last year and how I’d always wanted one, and April started researching them and decided she wanted to buy one. She found the one she wanted and he was supposed to be here today, but there was a miscommunication with the breeder regarding shipping, so now we need to wait for the weather to get better before he can be shipped. We are hoping to have him either Saturday morning or Tuesday morning. Here is a picture of him.

I’m pretty excited. Hognoses are diurnal, which means they are awake during the day, and they are fairly easy to care for. I don’t like the diet part, but we can feed him thawed dead mice, so that won’t be so bad. His name is Obi, as in Obi-Wan Kenobi. I guess we are really nerds in this house!

So I actually came here to write about something food related. I was in the kitchen cleaning up a bit and there was an empty Club Cracker box from Ben’s birthday/Halloween party sitting on the table. As I folded it up to put it in the recycle bin, I wondered how many of the crackers Dan had eaten. And then I thanked God that junk foods in my environment do not tempt me. I do not know how I got so lucky, but I can seriously say no to just about any noncomplaint food in the house including baked goods, ice cream, and even tortilla chips. Sometimes bread is tough because I LOVE toast, but the vast majority of the time I pass it up. I have caved just a couple of time over the past six months. In my Ultimate Weight Loss group, a big factor that they stress is keeping your environment clean, because the vast majority of those in the group are food addicts. It would be like a drug addict keeping a stash or an alcoholic keeping a bottle of vodka under the cabinet. I am so, so thankful that I am not dependent on junk food, but I feel so bad for those who are. Unless they live alone or have a very understanding family, it is nearly impossible to keep junk food out of the house. I do not buy junk food, but the kids do, so I cannot escape it completely. Aside from taking a hard line with family, I am not sure how one would be successful in that area, but I pray that they all find a way.

Ok, I am off to shower and get ready to go to the gym. I don’t really want to go, but I need to be disciplined in that area too, and the gym is closed for the next four days. No excuses! Then it’s back to my test. I hope you have a very blessed Thanksgiving and I’ll chat with you again soon. 🙂

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