Hello, Seattle.

I live in the best, most beautiful, city in the world. You can never convince me otherwise.

I'm an exuberant person.  Easily excitable is a gross understatement.  I am someone who uses the word "love" a bit too loosely regarding things.

All of that said, I love my city and I love sports.  I really love the Seahawks and Mariners.  This picture was taken from my very first Mariners game, in June of 2007.  We went to a few games that year, all with much better seats than this one, but I love the view of my city peeking up behind and providing such sweet views to what is already the best ballpark in Major League Baseball.

My husband and I plan to go to some games this year and I can't wait!  We also hope to get tickets to a Seahawks game- they're my favorite team, and my favorite sport is definitely football.  I kept offensive and special teams stats in high school and then again for the high school team in North Carolina where I taught for two years with Teach For America.  There are few things that I find so exhilarating as the crisp smell of fall in the air and the sounds of football players crashing into one another one the field!

I've never been to a Seahawks game, because I was afraid I wouldn't fit in the seats.  That would be humiliating, and I'd already experienced said humiliation at Key Arena attending a Trans-Siberian Orchestra concert.  I sometimes forget that I'm not morbidly obese anymore, and that many of the "normal" opportunities in life that I could not experience are no longer restricted.  The ability to live freely is one of the sweetest parts of having lost 112 pounds, and I can only imagine how much more liberated I'll feel when the last 100 or so are gone. 

Ultimately, I'm thankful to worship Jesus, not food.  It's lovely to enjoy good gifts like baseball and football games, so the sweat and the saying no when I'm at the grocery store is increasingly worth it.  Being healthy and knowing that my heart is continually oriented to desiring Jesus above a bowl (ok, entire box) of Rice-a-Roni is pretty sweet.  The side-effects are nice, too!

In the meantime, let's go Mariners!  How about a 20 game or so win streak, huh?

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