It's easy to fall into the trap of feeling like we 'have' to worry about what we eat and 'have' to force ourselves to work out. Around this time of year, let's try to take a moment. Appreciate the fact that our lives are such that we have the luxury of 'having' to make choices like this.
I'll give it a shot.
*I'm thankful that I have a body healthy enough to work out.
*I'm thankful that I always have enough to eat.
*I'm thankful that I can go to the doctor if I'm sick.
*I'm thankful that I have a comfortable bed to sleep in.
*I'm thankful that I have the freedom to choose what I want to do with my spare time.
*I'm thankful that I live in a country where I have access to health care.
*I'm thankful that I have access to plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.
*I'm thankful that I can afford vitamins.
*I'm thankful that I have access to exercise equipment.
*I'm thankful that I have the support of friends and family as I work to pursue my goals.
Next time you don't want to eat those vegetables, think of the people who would give anything to be able to eat anything at all.
Next time you don't want to work out, think of the people who are too sick to exercise.
This isn't supposed to make you feel guilty--just try to use it to get a little perspective.
You cannot feel appreciation and feel negative emotions at the same time. If you can appreciate, you will find much more joy in doing what 'has' to be done. And you don't have to look too far to find it, if you are receiving this email today.
'Tis the season.