Friday, November 17, 2017

Why I'm Thankful

There is so much to be thankful for and this year is no exception.

I'm thankful for hard work, perseverance and dedication. Pushing through the hard days and keeping an eye on the end goal. For good nutrition and reliable running shoes. And of course, family.

Perseverance is turning down ice cream and pushing through a tough workout instead of quitting. It's that point during an ab workout when your abs hurt so bad and you want to switch to any other exercise, but your trainer won't let you. It's turning down comfort foods for healthier alternatives. Ice cream might as well be its own food group in my world, so this was a task in itself. Swapping social outings for more running, walking and gym time. In the end, it all paid off (more about that in a future post!). I'm thankful for hard workouts that become easier with time.

There was a day in the beginning of April when I decided I'd had enough. Enough of putting everyone else's needs ahead of my own, enough of not taking care of myself, and enough of being unhappy. My happiness is my responsibility and I was just tired of always being tired. I have been losing the same 10 pounds for decades. Literally, it's been 15-20 years on this losing and gaining weight roller coaster. I'm down 25 pounds and I am never going back. Healthy feels too good. I never really believed I could do it and I'm thankful for a personal trainer who believed in me from the start and kept pushing me. I'm also thankful for the wake up call on that chilly April day.

Hard work, dedication and perseverance are also innate qualities found in most farmers. Farm work is not easy and the volatile markets are not for the faint of heart. Working for the greater goal of preserving a family legacy and feeding families around the community, the nation and the world keep us going. It's important work!

On Thanksgiving and all year long, I'm thankful for farmers. Not only do they make the holiday feast possible, but they are some of the best friends, colleagues and people around. I'm so thankful to be part of the agriculture community and for our family farm.

On Thanksgiving, our cows will be feasting on their favorite meal before we eat ours. It's business as usual at the barn.

From our family to yours, Happy Thankgiving! (I'm also thankful for this family photo of all of us in 2012 - it's not the same with anyone missing)