So Much to Be Thankful For

Wednesday at work was a bit of a sad one. We got word that two of our coworkers had passed away. The first one was a security guard that worked in my building and he had a heart attack in the morning. He was in his early 50’s. Then mid-afternoon we got word that another coworker had chest pains and went to the hospital BUT he was okay and back at work (thankfully). Then in the afternoon we got the sad news that a coworker from another department that had also had a heart attack passed away. He’d had a heart attack at the office, coworkers gave him CPR and he went to the hospital to no avail. He was 44. It was a very, very sad day. This all happened in one day, not even a month since the deaths of two other coworkers.

It was pretty sad. All I could think about was the coworker who was only 44 and how he had two teenage daughters. It hit me in a very personal way. It brought up memories of when I was 17 and lost my Grandfather unexpectedly. I was very close to him and it hurt like nothing else ever had. On Wednesday all I could think about were those two girls and how it was almost Thanksgiving. They would forever associate the holiday season with their father’s death.

It made me really stop and think about all the things I have in my life to be thankful for.

Michael is wonderful. I love him with all my heart. He’s goofy. He gets me. He can (sometimes creepily) read my mind. He supports my goals and he’s been my Knight in Shining Armor many times.

He makes me laugh. I’m happy and content living with him. Love you babes!

I am thankful for my goofy kitties. Even the cry-baby that just hides under the bed. 🙂 Fat Kitty is the most lovable cat I’ve ever met. He’s a snuggling, purring machine!

I am very thankful for my lovely friends! My friends who were there no matter what I weighed, supported me through my weight loss journey, listened to my complaints when it “wasn’t working” and loved me just the same after I lost it all!

Rachel and Me, Chicago 2006
Robyn and Me, Vegas 2008

I’m thankful that I have such a cool family. It’s a big, Catholic family with lots of cousins, aunts, uncles and second cousins…you name it. Our family is big, close-knit and most of my happy childhood memories involve family parties and functions.

Me and Mom

It’s sad that death has to be the reminder of what is important in life. Certainly not calories. Or whether I missed a workout at the gym. Or 5 pounds. So Wednesday night after I tearfully told Michael what happened at work, I told him how much I appreciate him and love him. His response? Feed me alcohol and chocolate. 😉

Just kidding. He hugged me and said some very sweet things back to me. He did give me chocolate though. And it did make me feel better. 😉

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving with their friends and family. Mine was perfect. 🙂
QUESTION: What are you thankful for?

Food for Tuesday

Yesterday was OK for food.
BREAKFAST: Breakfast sandwich 340 calories
SNACK: Dannon Light & Fit Yogurt, 80 calories
LUNCH: Smart Ones ziti and Rice Krispie Treat, 410 calories
SNACK: banana, 105 calories
DINNER: Baked Salmon with steamed cauliflower, 635 calories

Salmon is one of my favorite foods and it’s sooo healthy! Salmon has omega-3 fatty acids that are beneficial for your heart and reduces inflammation in your body (excellent for athletes). Don’t be scared of the F word–FAT! Salmon has the GOOD FAT our body needs.

Salmon is also really easy to make. In the above left picture, it shows the raw salmon. I put it in foil, sprinkle pepper and Lemon Pepper seasoning and a little butter on top. Close up the foil loosely and baked at 350 degrees for about 15-20 minutes (depending on how thick the cut is). It’s moist and tasty! I served it with steamed cauliflower and Goddess Dressing (my favorite). I drank 2 glasses of ice water and a lemon slice (trying to drink more water every day). It was yummy and filling. And I had room for dessert! (Dark chocolate squares!)