If you haven’t thought about it yet, Thanksgiving is right around the corner.
It’s a day filled with family, food, and gratitude. It is clear that food has a major influence on our weight loss goals, and our family definitely has some as well.
But gratitude? Can being grateful influence weight loss?
It’s too easy on our journey to our ideal shape to think about what is left to do. To obsess over the things we still want to change.
But sometimes greater progress comes from looking back at how far we’ve come.
Though it seems counterintuitive, one of the best ways to get what you want is to be mindful of what you already have.
So take some time to start an active gratitude practice this year!
The Power of Gratitude
According to the Law of Attraction, the things we focus our energy and attention on are the things we will manifest in our lives.
It makes sense. If we focus on the negative, we’ll feel bad about ourselves and will be less likely to do well by our bodies.
If we aim for perfection, the path ahead will seem daunting and extremely discouraging.
On the other hand, recognizing the positive makes us aware of our own power to succeed.
Recognizing our strengths will help us do well by our bodies and stay on the path to improved health.
These are all great things. Give yourself a round of applause for your achievements!
Have you seen this video on gratitude and happiness? Be warned… you might sweat from your eyes. You might even consider it your Thanksgiving Workout!
It really is amazing how expressing gratitude to those around us can make us happier people.
The power of gratitude is something that many of our amazing customers have shared with us this year. Forgive and forget, be good to yourself and your loved ones, and be grateful for what you have—these, they’ve told us, have been the secrets to transforming their lives and finally achieving their ideal shape.
By shifting our perspective and being more accepting, we can:
- Reduce stress
- Improve our mood
- Draw more positivity into our lives
- Increase confidence in our ability to succeed
- Give more support to others
The True Meaning of Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving is a great time to reflect and give thanks. It’s also a great time to enjoy delicious food with loved ones. For me it’s important that I balance my time with loved ones with my health and fitness goals.
In the past I have turned down food at family gatherings and as a result I hurt the feelings of the host and cook. What you can do is offer to bring a dish and make it a healthy/healthier one. That way you have at least one solid go-to at the table.
In the end today is a day to enjoy some delicious holiday food, so don’t guilt yourself if/when you do. We already learned that those negative feelings won’t help your goals anyway!
Instead be grateful. It does wonders!
And, as you gather with loved ones to celebrate the holidays and recount the things you’re grateful for, we hope YOU are one of them. You might find that you’ve come a long way toward your goals this year, and the New Year only brings more opportunities to achieve your dreams.
At IdealShape, we talk often about how grateful we are for our community of people who care about improving their health and motivating each other.
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