Being Thankful

Terri’s View: Well it’s that time of year again; the holidays. Some of us love them, some of us, not so much. I was definitely in the “not so much” crowd through all the years I spent working in retail management. Long hours, cranky customers, demanding quotas… you get the picture. Thinking back now, the fact that I stayed on my feet for such long hours at almost 300 pounds is a feat in itself.

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Terri’s View: Well it’s that time of year again; the holidays. Some of us love them, some of us, not so much. I was definitely in the “not so much” crowd through all the years I spent working in retail management. Long hours, cranky customers, demanding quotas… you get the picture. Thinking back now, the fact that I stayed on my feet for such long hours at almost 300 pounds is a feat in itself.


I actually find myself in a retail seasonal position again this year to earn some extra income. I feel confident that, at my current weight, standing for long periods will not send my feet screaming to the footbath as it once did. (I have, however, already invested in a good pair of shoes – very unfashionable but in my experience, comfort is the goal.) And I know that when I’m helping a customer I won’t be self-consciously thinking about how the customer is probably focused my weight. I’ll be confident that they are listening to my sales pitch.


Even though this has been a very rough year for us, and continues to be, I know I am surrounded by so many things to be thankful for. I am thankful for 2 beautiful children who make me smile every day and love me no matter what my weight is. And I am grateful for my wonderful husband, who has taken this journey with me and continues to be supportive and a source of inspiration. 


I am thankful for the fact I live in the greatest nation in the world where I have freedom and freewill. I am grateful for the fact that I may not always make the proper food choices, but that I have plenty to eat.


We live in excess. There’s always that latest piece of technology that we must have. Supersized this and supersized that. Over the past few months, with Ed’s unemployment, I have been able to see how much we can really do without. And, you know what - the kid’s don’t even notice the difference! It helps that they are only 6 and 4 – we can still get away with non-name brand stuff. They don’t care that when I do splurge on a movie that I sneak in my own snacks. Living in moderation is like eating in moderation; and this year have both to be thankful for.


Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Enjoy the food on your plates without stress, at least for 1 day.


Ed’s View:
The start of the holiday season is upon us! It’s a time of family and friends but I know, for some, this is also a very stressful time. However, we all need to keep it in perspective. In these turbulent times of uncertainty, aggression and sadness, we need to be thankful for what we have and what we have accomplished. We need to take a look back and think about our choice to take better care of ourselves.


While you may still be working towards your goal, be thankful for your progress, you feel better about yourself! You can fit into smaller size clothing! Instead of thinking of the all the different high calorie foods and how they may de-rail everything you’ve worked for, be thankful that you have taken control of your life and have made the right choices. You are not like those who have made too many wrong choices and cannot change the outcome of their lives.


I’m thankful for my continued success in changing my lifestyle. I’m thankful for Terri and how she pushes me to continue healthy habits. I’m thankful for my kids. I’m thankful that I’m able to keep up with them, catch them and tickle them. I’m thankful to hear them laugh with delight.


When you are sitting around the Thanksgiving table this year, please make sure you reflect on the good in your life. Be thankful that you have the ability to change. Be thankful that you can provide for your family.


While you worry about the calories that you may take in this holiday season, remember: there are many more things that are out of your control, so you can (and will!) control your eating over the holidays.

Blog written by Ed and Terri Masak
Ed and Terri have been married for almost 20 years. Together, they made the commitment to get healthy for each other and their 2...