#1...First and foremost, I am thankful that I am not THIS girl anymore
While this girl was nice and smart and funny...she didn't know it. And she didn't find herself worth the exploration to discover it. I remember her everyday and can only say that I recognize that she was doing the best she could with what she had to work with. But I am so thankful that I took this step to reclaim myself. Three years after surgery, the ultimate result, to me, cannot be measured simply in pounds lost. I often say I lost the weight but regained myself. That's sorta true. There wasn't much of a self in that girl. She barely knew who she was. Now, I still don't know the complete person...but I'm getting to know her and so for I like!
#2 - I am thankful for my divas
I quote them (and their antics) a lot. These two little women are my heart and soul. They challenge me (especially as le grande diva approaches adolescence). They make me think. They wipe my tears when I cry and bring me soup when I am sick. We are a single parent headed family so many times I don't have the patience that their friend's mom's (all of whom are married) have but I do love them fiercely.
#3 - I am thankful for my mother
#4 - I am thankful for Goodwill
#5 - I am grateful to be a GUEST at Thanksgiving dinner this year
#6 - I am thankful for Jen...and all my friends
She is going to MURDER me for posting an unauthorized picture of her. Just remember me fondly peeps. I am so thankful the day I met her. Bariatric Foodie existed before we met, but Jen has taken this thing to a whole other level. Her Southern recipes (although, as she points out, technically Maryland is the south too...although it doesn't feel like it most of the time...), her no-nonsense approach to life and her absolute unwillingness to use anything but real butter! (I can't say I blame her on that one) I love her to pieces and thank God for her every day!
A few other special shout-outs: to the de-facto Pouch Party™ graphic designer, Pam, THANK YOU!!! You are my friend and sister and I love you! To my bestie, Lee, I adore you and thank GOD for the day you came to support group. A special shout-out to all my family on the OH RNY board and all of the Facebook fans! I appreciate you!
#7 - Last, but certainly not least...I am thankful for all of YOU!
This is me and Melting Mama at OH Conference in October 2009...who better represents the WLS "Everyman" than her? :) Love ya Beth!