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Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Today’s challenge for one of my teams is to reflect on three things for which I am thankful today. Typically I feel these challenges are creative and excellent ideas but I don’t complete them because they can be time consuming so I excuse myself. However, this month I want to be more dedicated to completing the daily challenges and daily physical challenges on the “Come On, Light Your Fire" Team. So not allowing excuses, I am committing to writing a blog on this challenge.

First thing that came to mind when I read the challenge was thankfulness for new beginnings. I have had a dreadful holiday season with far too many treats and feasts and less exercise than usual. Despite a well laid out plan I fell into so many old habits knowing I was putting on the pounds. And I did. This morning my scale reported to me a 10 lb gain over the holidays. Knowing that today is a new beginning I don’t have to dwell on the failure but I can look forward. Today will offer new opportunities to make healthy choices. I know how to make healthy choices and how to avoid unhealthy habits. With a fresh page in hand I am thankful for the new beginning I am afforded today. I will make the best of it.

Secondly, I am so thankful for the opportunities I have to spend valuable time with my three nieces and my young nephew. The holiday season was so much more memorable because of the times spent playing games, watching movies, swimming at the pool, laughing, and learning together. These four young ones ranging in age from 7 through 10 are such a joy to be with. We have triple the fun now as I have more energy to keep up with their scads of energy, I am able to jump up and down with them, and physical activity is part of our time together.

Though none of us knows what the future on his earth holds for us, I have plans for my future for which I am thankful. Just this morning my sister left for her home again and before she left we planned for me to visit her on Easter Weekend. I am planning to spend time with my niece, Cailin, to create a memory book with photos of her involved in some of her favorite summer activities. I will be spending some time with my mother in February. Friends from Europe will visit in June. I have all this and so much more to look forward to because of the special relationships in my life. Those special relationships also include many friends on Spark People who support me and give me confidence in reaching my goals for healthy living. I look forward to what the future holds for me because of the people in my life.

Naturally, there is so much more to be thankful for but these were the first three to come to mind at this moment in time. Wow, what a fabulous reminder of the blessings in my life.

What are your blessings? Take a few moments to reflect or to write down the first three that come to your mind. It definitely helps put life into perspective again.

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    Great blog - those are all things to be thankful for. I belong to that team too, but I struggle with making myself do the challenges. Now you have inspired me. Thanks.
    1842 days ago
    Excellent blog! Even while in the midst of grief I try to remember to be thankful for all I do have! One thing is my many Spark friends, like you! Thanks!
    1846 days ago
    Isn't reflection so inspiring??? It's so good to look back, not on our failures or the bad things that happened but the good that we did or received of others or the happiness's that came our way! There is always something to be thankful for!!!
    1846 days ago
    Awesome things to be grateful for! Thanks for reminding me to do the challenge!
    1847 days ago
    emoticon You have wonderful things to be thankful for!
    1847 days ago
    You have many blessing that surround you. Those around you are blessed. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1847 days ago
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