As we approach Thanksgiving Day, I’m thinking about all the things I have to be thankful for. I can’t help but notice how the things I’m thankful for are the things that I have now. The practice of being grateful forces you to forget the past and stopworrying about the future. When I ‘m working with clients who are trying to lose weight or improve their health one of the first things I try to get them to do is live in the now. We can’t go back and undo the mistakes of the past and we can’t use our preciousenergy worrying about outcomes that have not happened yet.
Let’s say your doctor tells you that your cholesterol is high and she wants you to try to lower it on your own before starting you on medication. She gives you a cholesterol lowering diet to start and suggests you begin exercising. If you become stuck in the past and beat yourself up for all of the “bad” foods you ate in the past, sticking to your new diet will be almost impossible. If you get caught up in worry over having to take medication if you don’t get it together on your own will almost guarantee that your cholesterol will be up when you return to the doctor. Instead focus your energy in the present moment, now, and be thankful that you know what to do. Each day be thankful that you can exercise and eat healthy foods. Continue to be happy and rejoice everyday that you have the opportunity to eat right and exercise.
We all know that we are what we eat. But did you know that you are who you say you are? If you say, I’m overweight, then overweight you will be. If you say, I’m always tired, then you will always be tired. Instead, choose to say, I am well and be grateful that you can sit, stand, or walk under your own power. Tell yourself that I have the energy I need to (fill in the blank) and you will have all the energy you need to accomplish the task.
The Little Things You Can Do Today
- Begin each day by counting your blessings and be thankful
- Practice bringing your awareness back to the present moment
- Watch how you talk to yourself and what you tell others about yourself
- Removing limiting words from your vocabulary
- Choose to be happy NOW
Until Next Week,
Nicole D.P. McLaughlin, PT