In our last few WW meetings, we spoke about “our why” and then about what we are thankful for.
Taking the time to remember what made me walk into the WW meeting in January of 2016 helps me focus; helps me keep working when the scale is slow to move. Then looking around at my life and the many wonderful things I’m fortunate to have and see and to be part of… I’m so grateful. This reinforces my positive mindset. And believe me having a positive mindset is 2/3 the battle, on a weight loss journey!
Why did I walk into the meeting? Well, I’ve done this before so I know it works. Then I stopped making myself a priority and that’s how I gained it back. So, yes, just knowing it works isn’t always enough. I needed an “ah HA” moment. That came when I was looking at photos from a vacation. I didn’t like how I looked. This was a significant family holiday and I didn’t like how I looked in the photos to capture this moment. One photo, in particular, put me through that door into a meeting.
Now almost two years later I’m actually asking to have photos of me taken!
“In daily life we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy.”
― David Steindl-Rast
There are so many things in my life that I’m grateful for. My health, my family, my friends, my WW ‘family’. Sadly I’ve been reminded lately that these people can be taken away from us too soon.
We also need to take the time to be mindfully grateful for the little things in life. For the way the bright sun catches the red fall leaves, for the sound of laughter carried in the wind … Life is what you make it. If you mindfully choose to see the good; to see what you are grateful for, your life will be better.
That’s why I try each week, somewhere on my social media, to post what I’m grateful for. Often it’s on Instagram or here with a few photos for #ThreeThingsThursday. Sometimes it’s a post on my “everything” blog. Regardless of how I share I know that the simple act of being mindfully grateful improves my mindset; improves my mental health.
“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” ~ Dumbledore
― J.K. Rowling,