So I read a blog recently by a Spark friend that got me thinking about the ways you can reduce your stress level and increase your health, simply by remembering what you are grateful for.
I am currently participating in a challenge on the Positively Yours team to pause daily and find something to be thankful for. I did this last year too so I thought it would be fun to go back and find the thread, and compile everything into a summary.
Thankful for my children, husband, an extra hour in the day with the time change, my faith and the loving community where I practice it, a walk I got to take on a busy day....Thankful for our military service men who do more for us than we even know, away from their families. A new grocery store that just opened up close to where I work...for healthier lunch choices. Some days off work, to live my life!!! But also Thankful for my job...even the rough days are worth it. For my health. Very thankful. My home. Feelings of rest, recuperation and re-focus. For a strong, positive, and lasting memory of something very good happening in my life about one year ago this time.
For a little sunshine, a nice trip into Pittsburgh, and a good lunch. I also had a good chat with my mom on the phone. For the opportunity to go see a movie with a friend and my sister later!
I am thankful for Spark every day, but there are some days I am just really glad to come on to the message boards and balance out my thoughts. You can say things here that you can't just say anywhere...you know?
Thankful for a day to stay home...no appointments, no last minute trips to the store for things we are out of, nothing that can't wait until another day. I had a great nap...and guess what. While I was catching up on sleep I wasn't snacking so I am well on track to meet my calorie range for the day. Optimism about my goals.
The BASICS--safe clean water to drink, food to eat, and a roof over my head. My safety every day on the job. I pray for it every day.
Thankful for those inspirational little quotes and sayings that keep me moving...
Thankful to have sunshine on a day off so the kids and I can play outside. I was also thankful that my brother was happy to have us stay over at his home last Thanksgiving. Truly thankful for how everything in my life worked out...taking my little family to visit our extended family members.
For some time with my sister. She moved out of state and I miss her dearly. She came to town for the holiday and managed to fit us in. But Thankful to finally get exercise again after days of scrambling around and not having any time for myself.
Thankful for modern conveniences...from washing machines to cell phone apps. The amount of technology that can be used in any given situation is overwhelming sometimes...but if you get in a groove it makes life easier so that we can keep freeing up time to exercise and pre-cook healthy food!
Thankful today for everything I KNOW about how to stay healthy, and how to raise my children in that way. Of course SP has played a huge role in this.
Thankful for music...it is good company in workouts, a car ride alone, during any type of work. It can be healing, invigorating, emotional in a helpful way...just glad to have it in my life.
Thankful to the City workers who put so much effort into hanging Christmas lights in the town..it is dark when I leave work and it is so much more peaceful and pleasant to see something bright at the end of a long day.
Thankful for my dentist...and for that matter the skills of all doctors and nurses who are trained medically to take care of us when we cannot.
Last but not least...I am thankful for all the ways the (Postively yours) team helped me stay on track this month. From helping me keep my calories in line again for the first time in months, to challenging me to fit in cardio minutes when I think I can't, and of course the pleasant goodies that we share along the way to make it fun.
For when I find true peace and calm. Beautiful leaves outside...
Thankful for a day when my littlest one wakes us up since we had an early morning appointment and slept through alarms! What a guy.
Thankful for the music I found during a walk, keeping me moving while keeping my mind from wandering too far into the places it shouldn't go during my exercise time.
Thankful for my job. It gets challenging but ultimately it is exactly what I want to be doing.
On the rough days I am thankful for the very basic things that matter most at the end of the day. My children, my husband, my home.
Thankful to find just enough time to work on a task that I wasn't sure I could finish in time.
Thankful that I have good reliable transportation, and a fun evening that hubby and I had with the kids, going to the YMCA to for a movie night.
Thankful for all the little things that my husband does to help me when he knows I am tired and need a rest.
A nice visit with friends and being able to get everything ready before they arrived so I could just enjoy hosting the visit.
For the Freedoms fought for by the Veterans.
Tthankful that I was able to get some outside work done, before the snow came.
For a nice quiet day at work, to regroup and progress.
For my health and for everything about the spark community that helps me to maintain it.
Thankful for friends and fun times with family, even though it takes a lot of planning and effort to get together.
Thankful to have found a little time to take a walk and catch up on my flea market stuff.
For how well both my boys behave in church.I gave my hubby the blessing to go spend some time with his cousins he never sees, so I was a little nervous about taking them by myself. It worked out just fine though! Truly blessed.
Thankful that I made it to where I needed to go...my front tire had a nail in it and I had lots of errands to run that would have been complicated to re-schedule so I'm glad it held up. Then Thankful that my car was all fixed up! For the first time in 2 weeks I could get in my car and drive without worrying about being stranded with a flat tire.
For my friend at work who is so great to talk to when I get stressed!
Thankful that I got to the Dentist in time for them to fix something before it becomes a bigger problem.
Thankful to have the day off with my kids. I love them so much.
SO...Some things I am thankful for remain the same from year to year, but seeing the new things to be thankful for each day, it is a reminder to keep looking for the good.
Last but not least, THANK YOU for reading.