This may come as a stunning surprise to all of you, but, I’m generally a pretty damn optimistic person. Yes, I suffer from various forms and bouts of depression; mostly regulated by healthy diet and exercise, with some inescapable gloom and doom days, but in general, I’m a “as long as the glass still has some wine in it, everything will be fine”. I am pretty sure if I am 3/4 through a glass, I’m even more optimistic than if it was half full. Rosy cheeks=rosy outlook? Not sure about that one, but it’s an interesting thought.
I am really grateful for all I have. I don’t keep a “gratitude journal”, or any journal for that matter. Journals seem to be a great way for people to be able to blackmail you with your deepest, darkest, secrets. I’d be super tempted to write super-salacious, totally fictional accounts in my journal so that if it was discovered, no one would know who it belonged to, or they would find me far more interesting that a sometimes employed actor/mom/wife/cook/writer. (plus, no one needs to know the depth of my love for…nevermind.)
It’s totally plausible that I am a documentarian who finally found concrete evidence of Sasquatch!! It just so happened that Joseph Manganiello was there looking for the same thing and found me instead. ALL COINCIDENCE.
Can I hold your camera bag for you?
I do find I’m thanking G-d several times a day for what I do have, even if it isn’t a hot actor/werewolf. I look at my kids and, knowing I almost couldn’t have them, and how amazing they are, I could not feel more blessed to have them. I feel so blessed to have fallen in love with health and fitness, and the friends I have garnered from it. I feel blessed for my education and my continual pursuit for more education. I feel grateful for the amazing city I live in, and the ability to enjoy it.
I am grateful I can wake up every day and choose my attitude toward that day. I can choose to work on things that bother me, and celebrate the things that make me happy. I can be bothered by the #s on the scale, or I can focus on how far I have come, how long I’ve been healthy, and what I can do to be where I want.
I am super thankful for a series of weird stuff. I can see my feet. I can buy clothes at average size stores, I can walk up several flights of stairs without praying for death. I can walk from my house to at least 3 frozen yogurt stores.
I am grateful for my blog and my readers. I am grateful for FitFluential and our awesome community.
I am grateful you are you. I am grateful I am me.
Turns out, being grateful and optimistic is quite possibly, actually good for your health. Here I was thinking being happy was its own reward. I love a two for one. (especially at the frozen yogurt place).
I often wonder what pessimists think about on the regular. I imagine it a pretty quiet life. I like loving life and showing it, I can’t imagine my glass half empty.
ok, I know. RECIPE time.
Speaking of a two for one, I love vegetables that you can eat both the root and the greens. In the spring, there are MANY of these. One of my favorites is radishes. Raw or cooked, they are delicate and delicious. They scream of the season and of simplicity. Last night I gently sauteed them with extra virgin olive oil and a tiny bit of butter. They have a light but distinct flavor and they’re truly delicious.
Gently Sauteed Radishes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
- 1 lb of spring radishes with their greens
- 1 shallot
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 1.5 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- .5 tbsp butter
- salt and pepper
quarter the radishes and slice the greens, shallots, and garlic
heat the oil and butter in a skillet on medium-high
add radishes and saute until crisp tender
add in shallot, garlic, and greens and sautee
add salt and pepper to taste