I’ve been thinking, y’all, there is so much to be thankful for! When’s the last time you stopped to think about all the good in your life? As women over 40, or women of any age, really, it’s easy to think about what we don’t have or didn’t get to do yet. It seems like everyone has some kind of plan for their life, or at least an idea, but nothing ever goes exactly how we think it will. Working as a fitness instructor, I see a lot of this. I can’t tell you how many women I meet who want to change their bodies but are discouraged that it hasn’t been going the way they’d hoped. Today, I’m here to offer a piece of the solution to becoming who you want to be without letting yourself get in the way!
The Secret to Success
The secret solution I’m talking about is gratitude. You may be wondering what this has to do with getting in shape, losing weight, or gaining muscle tone. Ladies, it’s all connected! Trust me. Changing your body is a mental game just as much as a physical one. It’s hard to get in the shape you want to be in without first overcoming the mental block—that little voice inside telling you it’s impossible. You can’t do it. You aren’t strong enough. You lack willpower. WRONG! You CAN do it! But the place to start is with gratitude.
Did you know that people who express gratitude are less likely to have aches and pains? Studies have shown there is a direct link between gratitude and physical health! It can also help improve sleep quality and self-esteem. There’s real power in being grateful, y’all!
Knowing what we appreciate in life can help us understand who we are! It has a way of clearing all the clutter in our lives away. And when you know who you are, you can figure out what it takes to get where you want to be. This applies across the board… health and fitness included! Harness the power of gratitude, y’all! What is it you are thankful for? I find myself very thankful for my husband, Ricky, my fun friends, and a career that makes me happy. But gratitude can be about little things as much as big ones. Maybe you are having a hard time finding what to be thankful for. What do you love about yourself and your life? It can be something as small as the way you wear your favorite dress or the taste of frozen yogurt on a hot summer day! Gratitude can be about anything!
When we practice gratitude, we tend to make more progress toward our goals. When you hit a bump in the road, don’t stress! Take a minute, remind yourself of something good, and keep going. One powerful way to take strides toward achieving your goal is to have little reminders ready for those tough moments. If you’re having a hard time getting in that last exercise during a class, remind yourself of another time you finished something hard! Tell yourself that you are strong and capable! We are much stronger than we often give ourselves credit for! The body will always give up before the mind does, so tell yourself “I think I can” and you will! When you’re struggling to change or reach a goal, the best thing you can do is lift your spirit with the attitude of gratitude. Putting our focus on the good can give us the stamina and push we need to finish strong and get one step closer to where we want to be.
So, what are you thankful for? How are you going to embrace your attitude of gratitude? It might be helpful to make a list and have things ready… that way when the moment comes, you’re prepared to win!
One thing I know for sure, I am grateful for y’all! Thanks for being a part of Lauren Fox on Demand and fighting to become the best version of yourself! I’m cheering for you!