If you follow the @MomsLA Twitter account, you may noticed that Sarah and I have started tweeting what we’re thankful for every day.
It’s Ashley Koff’s idea; she’s the celebrity dietician that is helping us with our Make Better healthy lifestyle challenge. She wanted to reclaim what Thanksgiving is about “and to enter the holiday season (especially in light of the environmental issues and political climate in November) focused on all that we have.” It’s not about focusing on what we want or what we don’t have, simply stating what makes us thankful each day.
On November 1st, I said on Twitter that I was thankful for my wonderful family. My husband and I recently celebrated our 10-year wedding anniversary with a trip to Paris and London. We were thrilled to have so much alone-time together, but we missed our kids, too. When we got back I realized how much I missed them and how great it was to be back together.
I love the idea of stopping and thinking about what makes us happy in our lives. It also fits in nicely with our Make Better Challenge. When we are facing hectic moments in our day, instead of reaching for food or a drink we can reflect on what we’re thankful for and what’s going well. I’ve been having some problems with that.
So far in the Challenge Sarah and I have both lost weight and Sarah has lost inches. For me, it’s frustrating that I’ve been unable to shed the “muffin top” that has bothered me for years. I feel stronger, more energetic, and less food obsessed since starting the Make Better, but that area seems to stay the same. I was been feeling bad about it until Ashley said this in an email, ”For you all at this point in the Make Better, it’s enough time that you’ve changed some habits, created some new ones, and it’s a good time to make sure we don’t get too caught up in scale numbers or pants sizes without remembering the other pieces of our lives – what you have and what you are thankful for us what makes this a MakeBetter as opposed to a MakeOver.”
And making yourself better takes time. Right now I’m thankful for the great advice.
Yvonne Condes is the Editor and co-Founder of MomsLA.com, a community of Top Mom Bloggers in Los Angeles and Southern California.