Because I could.
I could end this post right here, couldn't I?
But y'all know me WAY better than that.
(The pictures throughout this post are ones Aaron just took - I need your help deciding what should be my profile picture, ok? Is he not a fabulous photographer!?)
Thanks for all of your fun comments on Helene!
Basically - that is a snippet of how goofy Aaron and I are on a daily basis - we just happened to film it.
When he gets here today, I'm going to ask him to make a blooper video of it - and maybe I'll mention to you how he ran off the road and if it weren't for Glenco's eagle eye in the backseat, someone on North Holtz Road wouldn't have a mailbox right now.
I'm still way too happy.
Perhaps it's the temperatures here in NW Indiana.
I do believe the magnolia will burst forth in all of its splendor today.
One can only hope that some rogue wind from the North won't strip it of its blossoms tomorrow.
It's March people.
I don't trust March.
I never have - and it if thinks I'm going to start now - just by wooing me with these temps that make you want to strip naked and run through the corn stubble - well, its got another thing coming!
Perhaps my hormones are swinging wildly - perhaps I've just been too busy counting my blessings - perhaps, perhaps.
Perhaps I'm so happy just cause I'm eating so well. My hair is growing so fast you can almost watch it grow - perhaps, perhaps.
Perhaps it's emails like these that I get so often -
I was wondering if I could pick your brain for a minute. I'm trying to take a few pounds off and am really struggling.
When I feel this good...make that GREAT...I can't imagine ever going back to eating all of the other stuff I used to put in my stomach. That would be TORTURE to me now. I get what you've been saying over the last year...I REALLY get it! :) (this is from one of my dearest readers who's lost 20#'s now and still going!)
a sweet reader emailing me telling me I've inspired her to walk the Chicago Half Marathon.
I am blessed.
Each of you here means the world to me.
I wish that there were a way to sit with each of you and become BFF's.
Isn't that a cute sweater?
Got it in a bag sale at the resale shop, so I basically paid .50 for it.
Still had the tags on it from New York & Co.
Yesterday, I washed it.
This weight loss journey is coming to a close - the weight LOSS part.
Not too far to go now.
My goal now is to be FIT.
Not just thin, but fit.
I ran today because I could.
I don't mean that to be 'inspirational' or anything - I just mean it.
I have friends that I know would love to be able to run.
Heck - they'd be happy to just go through one day with some energy.
I think of my mom - not much older than I am now when she was diagnosed with emphysema.
I run cause I can.
I run sometimes because I feel too good to walk.
Isn't that ridiculous!?
I sure don't do it well, and I don't run far - but I run the best I can.
I'll keep getting better too.
I feel fantastic.
This journey of growing on the inside and shrinking on the outside has been so worth it.
When I think back of how 'deprived' I felt in the beginning because I
'couldn't have my favorite foods' - I almost laugh -
because you know what?
To have them now would deprive me of THIS.
A clear mind.
A 29" waist (ya baby!)
and too many benefits to list.
THAT'S deprivation - not turning down a brownie.
I really miss this sweater!
Somewhere in the last year - in the midst of all the hammering away at changing my life - it changed.
Funny how that happens.
Have I been perfect?
I'm not perfect, but I am fabulous.
That's my new tagline, by the way.
Feel free to use it.
These days, I'm feeling confident.
I'm feeling that what I have to say has merit.
I'm feeling very little self consciousness.
I'm feeling like I have so much I have to give it away or I'll burst.
I is kind.
I is smart.
I is important.
And so is you.
Please take care of yourself today.
Life is short.
There are so many people counting on you.