Today we celebrate Veterans Day and show our gratitude for those who have fought in wars in order to preserve peace in the world. Despite the grumbles about a demanding boss or a weight loss journey that’s not progressing as planned, it’s also important to remember what we are most grateful for in the world the veterans have helped defend. Here, we have 11 things to be thankful for so that you remember not to forget.
1. Our Bodies
Maybe you’re not at your ideal weight, but you should never forget how amazing your body is. The self-criticism many of us use as a motivational tool does not only not work to motivate us, it could actually have the opposite effect by sabotaging our best efforts. When we become self-critical, we engage our brain’s survival reflex, increasing feelings of stress and releasing cortisol, which in turn causes cravings for fatty and sweet foods. Instead, we should learn to accept and be comfortable with our bodies, even if they are not yet perfect, as this has been shown to have positive effects on weight loss efforts and in maintaining healthy eating habits. So, remember to value the body you have by providing it with healthy nutritious foods and exercising regularly, to make sure you work to the best of your abilities and make the most of your life.
The world is far from perfect and many people are without true freedom in their lives, but remember that your freedom allows you access to education, protection and support when you most need it. You also have the freedom to make your own choices and decide for yourself who you want to be, so make the right choice and be the healthiest, best person you can be!
3. Family & Friends
They’re closer to you than anyone you’ll ever know, they share your good times and your bad times, and they’re your biggest supporters on your weight loss journey. For even more chances of success, encourage them to get healthy with you so you can have a gym buddy or two – research shows you’re more likely to stick to a workout plan if you have someone there on the journey with you.
4. Our Minds
Your mind is your most powerful tool, both in life and in weight loss. Many people embarking on a new healthy-eating plan are serial offenders, and so it is understandable to have a ‘If this doesn’t work, nothing will’ attitude when you’ve been there before. However, this kind of negative thinking can really harm your best intention. Have faith that this weight loss journey is going to be your last and most successful, and never underestimate the power of positive thinking.
It’s where you feel safe and where you can be with the people you love the most. As you leave your house each day, remember to appreciate that you have your own sanctuary to return to at the end of even the worst days.
Take time to appreciate the beauty of nature every day, whether it’s a stunning sunset, or an energetic game of fetch with man’s best friend, be thankful for all the wonderful gifts nature gives us every day. Nature also offers us many exciting ways to burn a few extra calories, so why not try hiking in the forest, a run along the beach or a refreshing swim in a mountain lake? Even getting outside for a daily walk can really help boost your feel-good hormones, help energize you, and help towards your daily dose of fat-fighting vitamin D – not to mention, nature has far more inspirational sights to offer than the inside of a gym.
7. Culture & Entertainment
Mother nature has given us many things to be grateful for in the world, but the human race has also created true beauty through music, art, cinema, and literature, which all allow us to appreciate the views of others as we are entertained and educated. Maybe your neighbor complains when you put on your favorite music to get you pumped for an at-home work out, but the diversity of our tastes is only another thing to be grateful for, as life would be pretty boring if we all liked the same things.
8. Our Mistakes
Everyone makes mistakes, but the important thing is to learn from them and move on. You shouldn’t beat yourself up about past failures to lose weight, but you should be able to learn from your history of attempts at making it to your goal weight. You may have even achieved it and then gained the weight back, but that doesn’t mean you’re doomed to repeat your mistakes. Perhaps you let your exercise routine slide once you hit your goal and then a one pound gain turned into a 10 pound gain, and before you knew it you were right back where you started. If that’s the case, remember that knowledge is power as you’re now much better placed to be able to avoid letting history repeat itself.
Good or bad, they make life more interesting. Be grateful for all the small and not so small surprises that come along, you never know – maybe you couldn’t have planned it better!
Learning doesn’t stop when you leave school, we are still learning all the time. Take every opportunity to learn a new skill, a new language or even just to find out an interesting fact to impress your friends – learning can only help to make your life better. The same goes for your weight loss journey; learning how to eat healthily and lead an active balanced lifestyle is a key lesson you’ll never forget, so embrace your thirst for knowledge and be grateful that there’s still so much to learn about the world.
11. Our Goals
Having goals gives you something to strive for and work towards, and the challenges we set ourselves are also the key to true happiness. While researching happiness for over 50 years, scientists found that people felt most happy when they were working towards a challenging but achievable task. So break down your weight loss goal into smaller more manageable goals and feel the positive rush of success as you work towards achieving each one, it’s sure to be the best motivator of all.
What are you most grateful for? Let us know what motivates and inspires you by commenting below.