Monday, January 04, 2010

Thankful in 2010

Even though my life is crazy right now, I've got a lot to be thankful for as we start a new year.

And if I had more time, I'd list them all right now. But, since I'm sneaking in a post between getting the kids to bed & preparing a client review for a meeting tomorrow, I'll name just a few.

I'm thankful I have my health. Seriously. There are so many people around me who are seriously ill, it's a miracle to me that I am healthy and can even run.

I'm thankful for my husband and children. Mark has worked a miracle this year, working hard and keeping us in business during one of the worst stock markets ever. He also made all A's in his college courses. He's just two classes away from finishing his degree.

My children are, without a doubt, the best thing that have ever happened to me & my husband. Sophie is astonishingly talented and beautiful (not that I'm prejudiced or anything) and is doing well in school. Her dizzy spells are gone but they are manageable and she's missed only a handful of days of school this year because of them. She was accepted to sing a solo in her school's variety show; kids have to audition if they want a solo because so few solos are allowed. The theme is "{School's Name} is Out of This World" with songs around stars, sky, moon, etc. She is singing Don McLean's "Vincent (Starry Starry Night)," which is significant because Mark loves Van Gogh, Sophie painted a copy of Starry Starry Night for Mark when she was 6 years old, and Sophie is an artist in her own right. She has a great voice. I'm so excited for her. Luke is full of energy and life, is more clever than any 4 year old has a right to be, and keeps me on my toes as a mother. He is the most loving little boy I've ever met, and is rough and tumble and is always ready for fun.

I'm thankful that I am not experiencing the horrible Seasonal Affective Disorder symptoms from last year. This is a HUGE deal. I am almost paralyzed every year by SAD. This year, I think the difference is because I'm taking calcium every day (600 mg day & night), taking fish oil capsules twice a day, and I'm using my SAD light on a regular basis. I'm also running outside more than I have in past winters.

It doesn't hurt that I'm down to 153.6 too. Fitting into my clothes and feeling better about my body always helps my state of mind. Not drowning my emotions in food (thanks in no small part to the Adipex I started a little over a month ago) helps a lot.

Not running enough miles to be trained well for the marathon in April, but running enough to stay in the running, so to speak. We just bought a treadmill today. Woohoo! I ran Saturday in 20 degree weather with about a 10 degree windchill for 6.25 miles. It was supposed to be 10, but my face & hands weren't protected well enough so I had to cut it short. Cold weather running I can handle; frigid weather running I wasn't prepared for. Gotta research some good gear.

Hope you are having a happy new year!


Mama said...

Great to hear that your kids and hubby are doing well and that you are doing better. I'll think positive thoughts for an awesome 2010 for you!

MCM Mama

Vickie said...

make sure you put a good layer of moisturizer on your face if you are running outside.

so glad that you have time to post. I had been wondering.

I can't tell you how glad I am that you have figured out how to empower yourself past the winter months. glad you have all your 'tools' in use so that you don't bury yourself.

thanks for posting!!!

debby said...

SO GLAD to hear from you Laura! Sophie sounds like an amazing little girl (young woman?!) And Luke, you can just tell from his pictures that he is exactly as you describe.

So glad you are getting to run, and are feeling a little better. Woohoo for the treadmill! I think of you when I turn up my nose at going outside in 40 degree weather!

Jill said...

I was just getting ready to email you when I decided to check your blog first and here you are!

Glad you are doing well! A happy, healthy family is definitely something to be thankful for.

so glad you posted today - well, yesterday! Good to hear from you! :)

Laura I. (G.G.) said...

Good for you! Not suffering from SAD is huge.

Juliette said...

I have run in -10 weather before. It's all in how you dress. Granted, I looked like the Stay Puff Marshmallow man and my times sucked, but I still did my 4 miles every day (well, back then). ;)

Doc Manette said...

Sounds like the vitamins/supplements are working for the SAD.

You sound great and best of all the family is healthy and doing great too!

Enjoy listening to your beautiful daughter sing and savor it!

Lori G. said...

Happy New Year to you, Laura! You have the sweetest children and the nicest husband (who likes to dress up for Halloween! I'm jealous!).

onniey84 said...

wish u happy new year..

Cindy...154 said...

Great things to be thankful for! Wonderful about Sophie and Mark's accomplishments. You have accomplished very much yourself even though you may not realize it at the moment! Happy New Year!

prashant said...

so glad that you have time to post. I had been wondering.

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