November 18, 2011

Giving thanks

As dieters, we often get caught up in what we don’t have (a certain waist size, skinny jeans, self-acceptance – you name it). This is why the Thanksgiving season can be a good reminder to be thankful for what we do have.

In fact, more and more researchers are finding that “Thank You Therapy” (reminding ourselves of reasons to be grateful) can help increase our happiness quotient, our self esteem and out overall outlook on life.

It doesn’t take a self-help guru to realize that this kind of changed attitude will attract a lot more reasons to be thankful — not to mention likely bring more positive results to our weight loss and overall health efforts. Therefore, why not take a cue from this season of gratitude and begin a Thank You Journal?

Any blank notebook or pad of paper will do. Once a day, list 5 reasons you have to be happy. They can be small. They can be big. But list 5, every day (many people do this at night, just before bed).

I often make entries in my gratitude journal in the morning – after my morning workout, but before I begin my workday. Sometimes I’ll doodle in the journal. Sometimes I’ll write down an inspirational quote I don’t want to forget. And other times I’ll makes lists of reasons to be grateful. For myself, doing this in the morning certainly has a positive effect on the rest of my day – not to mention on my diet and healthy eating efforts. Try it yourself, every day for a month, and see how it affects your “attitude of gratitude” – and, perhaps, even your physical health.

Here’s more information that will make starting a gratitude journal easy:

For a quick primer on keeping a gratitude journal: Click Here

For 5 ways to amp up your attitude of gratitude: Click Here

To learn about more ways that gratitude affects your overall health: Click Here

By the way, I would love for you to add comments to this blog post, letting me know some of things you’re most grateful for this Thanksgiving season. And while we’re on the topic, please know I’m sincerely grateful to all of you for helping to inspire me – and this blog – on a daily basis.

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4 Responses to “Giving thanks”

  1. Sharon says:

    Hi Gregg!! I’m still alive and kickin’!! I haven’t been exactly faithful with getting to my healthy weight, but I have lost 19 lbs. already!! At this point of my diet, I was hoping for more, but I guess that is going to take some effort on my part. What do ya mean it wont come off without any help from me? LOL I have been so wrapped up in school, work, being a mom, and gathering info to open up my own bakery…that I kind of fell off the wagon , so to speak. For breakfast and lunch, I do good. But then in the evening, I have a hard time. I just want to fit into a smaller size again. I go shopping and look at other clothes that I know damn good and well that I cant fit into, and that motivates me. I used to get bummed out and go through drivethru…seriously. But now I tend to enjoy shopping for my weekly food. I am having a hard time drinking room temp water…so I put ice in mine. Is that really bad for my metabolism? Anyhoo, just wanted to check in on this chilly Sunday morning and tell ya that I haven’t forgotten about us all here…just been busy.. Take care everyone and have a great week!! xoxoxo

  2. Gregg says:

    So glad to hear from you, Sharon! In fact, I’m GRATEFUL for it! And good to know that you’ve managed to get rid of 19 pesky pounds. That’s awesome and amazing! Seriously — it is! You are a motivation to me and (I’m sure) so many others who read this blog! Thank you for your posts and updates. I have/had the same issues with being able to eat “right” at breakfast and lunch, then see it all go to heck at dinnertime. It’s good that you’re aware of these types of patterns. More knowledge can mean more willpower. And at the end of the day (literally), we really do have to WILLPOWER through it. Stay focused on your real goals — fitting into those clothes will feel way better than the few minutes of pleasure (then hours of guilt) you’d get from overdoing the eating during the evening hours. Oh, and in regard to the water — drink it with ice or without (it just matters that you drink it). Keep at it, Sunshine! 🙂

  3. Amy says:

    I thank you for the Reminder!!!! Its easy to struggle with the darker shorter days this time of year. But those darker colder (for some of us) is perfect Journaling Weather! I LOVE your example. Your artwork reminds me of Sark (that’s a compliment) I’d buy one if you designed it!! 🙂

  4. Gregg says:

    Awww! Thanks, Amy. I’m not familiar with Sark. I’ll have to Google him (her?)… 😀

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