Cultivating a Life of Gratitude

I am committing myself, during 2010, to attempt to cultivate a greater awareness of how much I have to be thankful and grateful for by sharing my daily findings and musings with you. It is my hope that by blogging about gratitude, I will be more aware of what is going on around me in my life, my family, my friends' lives and our world.

April 23, 2010


Warning *** Getting pretty personal in this post ***

This may in fact be TMI for some of my readers but I am so thankful I just have to share.  Being pregnant with E-man, I gained a lot of weight.  Some of it came off right away, but I will say I had an extra 15+ that hung around much longer than I ever thought it would based on the 'if you nurse, the weight will melt away' myths I was hoping would work for me.   It has been a struggle and a battle to some degree to get that weight off.  I have been done with nursing since May 2009 and I feel like this spring, I'm finally seeing my walking miles starting to pay off.

Perhaps it's the shape up shoes I'm wearing while walking all those miles (looks like I'm going to hit 50 miles this April and I was shooting for July), perhaps it's the amount of junk food I'm refusing to allow back in the house (my vice would be the salty variety of snacks), perhaps it was the month of March 'eating out' ban.  I'm hoping it's a balance of all of the above and although my body shape is somewhat forever altered by E-man making it his home for 9+ months ... this afternoon, as I was getting ready to go out to a fancier function, downtown - I tried on at least 3 pairs of pre-pregnancy pants that ... drum roll please ... FIT!!!! And not just barely fit but really fit.  VICTORY!

So to all of you women (and men) who battle with weight issues - this post is for you.  It's okay to celebrate and be thankful when you fit into those pants that have been hanging in the closet for awhile.  


  1. Glad to hear the changes you've made have been paying off! I whole-heartedly agree with the bfeeding myth that "all the weight will fall off" and that "healthy moms" will only gain a paltry 20 pounds, MAX.
    I'm encouraged to hear your story!!

  2. Bird - The irony of it all is that just as the weight is finally feeling a little more manageable everyone begins asking about 'when is #2 coming'?! :) BAH! I have goals for next pregnancy - ways to be more healthy but I am dreading another year+ process of this weight stuff (No, we're not pregnant) ... by the way - we should go for a walk some time in the near future! :)