Friday, March 08, 2013
“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson
Yesterday at work, while eating lunch, my colleague commented on the fact that for the first 30 years of her life, she could eat whatever she wanted and not gain weight. She loved to eat junk food, white flour, bread and butter, chips and dip, etc. Her weight was never an issue until she hit 30. And she explained how difficult she finds it now to have to pay such careful attention to what she eats, exercising, etc. She doesn't really love healthy foods, and would much rather eat whatever she wanted and only work out when she really felt like it. She then went on to say that her close friend from childhood always had to struggle with her weight, so she is now in great shape, loves healthy eating and living, and finds it an easy, normal part of her life.
This was a huge aha moment for me! Renee Stephens (of IOWL) often talks about how we have to find the positive intent in our struggle, the hidden gifts of our struggle, and gratitude for who we are. Whenever I heard her say that, I often felt a bit stumped. What was I grateful for in terms of having to watch my weight since I was about 11 years old (31 years now)?
Well, when my colleague said this to me, I realized that I really do love eating well and exercising and I find it easy to incorporate both behaviors into my life. Exercise is like brushing my teeth for me. I never miss because I love it and it's just part of my day. Eating healthy food is also a normal part of my life and I never struggle with it. In fact, I prefer eating in this way and look forward to my delicious, healthy meals.
This is not to say that I'm doing everything right!! Not at all. In fact, I had a terrible binge yesterday. There was just too much stress due to my husband's health and life and I lost it. But when I binge, it's on healthy foods. Yes, I felt sick to my stomach and gained weight. Yes, I was really upset with myself. But again, my colleague's remarks reminded me that not everyone gets up early everyday to work out no matter what and who has a healthy breakfast and lunch ready in the fridge to take to work. Not everyone easily incorporates healthy living into all aspects of life.
And, while we're on the subject of gratitude, I am sooooo...grateful to everyone in the 5% challenge for the wonderful goodies and messages. They came at a time when I was feeling quite down, and did so much to lift my spirits!! Thank you everyone!! I'm very lucky indeed!
“Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.”
― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh