Thumbs down: My camera. Which I dropped when I tried to take a photo for my blog to post on my Canyon Ranch wrap up. It broke. Hubby and I did some fast internet research and bought a new one before the holidays. Thumbs down that we pretty much forgot to take any photos! Thumbs up that I figured out (all by myself and with only a bit of trial and error) how to use the self-timer so I could stage my napping photo for the post-Christmas post🙂
Thumbs down: Hostess gifts. At least the ones I got last month. Not one, but TWO boxes of decadent Trader Joe holiday cookies! And a little letter for my last name that I think is meant to sit on a shelf and collect dust somewhere. Save your money and my diet, people!
Thumbs down: And more food gifts. My thoughtful neighbors left a bag of holiday treats for us that included homemade granola and pumpkin bread. My mother-in-law gave us her famous fudge. And so on and so on. Yes, I ate it all. (To clarify… I ate from all of it – not ate ALL of it.)
Thumbs down: My calf injury. Sooooo… apparently one really does need to “rest” a muscle strain in order for it to heal. After my exercise-filled spa trip, I was instructed to not do any cardio at all for a few weeks. Thumbs up that absence makes the heart grow fonder even with exercise! I really miss it. And the calorie burn. (Thumbs down, down, down.) Especially the calorie burn! Thumbs up that less time spend exercising means more time for other things. Thumbs down that one of those things appears to be snacking.
Thumbs down: Our electric tea kettle. Broke. Sort of. But just enough that I knew it would get worse over time and the very nice manufacturer said they’d replace it if I sent it to them. Thumbs up for great customer service from Capresso! Thumbs down that I really missed having it around. We don’t own any other kind of kettle so had resorted to heating water a cupful at a time in the microwave. Thumbs down that I was drinking less as a result. Which, like less exercise, not surprisingly leads to more snacking.
Thumbs down that everything in my life was leading to more snacking! Including…
Thumbs up: My boys are home. For a couple of weeks. I can’t decide which way to put my thumbs over the fact that both boys chose to spend a week of their winter break on campus rather than home. Makes me a little sad. But at the same time I’m glad that they are happy at school and with the friends they’ve made there. And much as I’ll miss them when they leave (very soon), I won’t so much miss the trail of clothes and personal belongings and dirty dishes that follow in their wakes.
Thumbs up: Internet shopping. Love it! No crowds; no parking lots choked with drivers fighting for spots; no need to change out of my pajamas.
Thumbs a blur: 2011. Where did the year go? Is it just me or does each year seem to pass by faster and faster?!
Thumbs up: What SHE said! Every once in a while I read a post that really resonates with me. Like one that Jody wrote in which she explains how even she, who I think many would view as a role model for healthy living, is and always will be a work in progress. I love her philosophy!
Thumbs up: Body fat. I forgot to tell you about this in spa recap post. While there, I had my body fat measured, as I have every visit to Canyon Ranch. It is a very inexact measurement with calipers; the margin of error is considered 3% either way. My thumbs are up because my body fat was actually a tiny bit lower than the previous year. Which was actually surprising since my belly feels much, much “fatter” and that is one of the places they measure. Thumbs down that I have been very lazy about doing planks. If I made resolutions, I’d resolve to work on this!
Thumbs up: Reading. I actually made a dent in the pile of books in my bedroom. Amazing what you can find time for when you can’t do cardio and very few bloggers are posting:) My favorite recent read might be Stephen King’s latest: 11/22/63. Thumbs down that reading leads to… you guessed it… snacking. Sigh.
Thumbs up: And it went as mysteriously as it came. My blog works again! I don’t know why. I tried all your suggestions and nothing worked. (Special thanks to Munchberry and Mr. MunchB). For a while. Then… boom… suddenly everything was right with the (blog)world. No idea why. Fingers crossed it keeps working! And that I didn’t jinx myself by writing about it. And that the latest WordPress update, that I might try this weekend, doesn’t mess things up.
Thumbs up: Life. Because even though I can point my thumbs down time and time again for this post, overall, life is good. Everyone is healthy. Every negative is insignificant.