Friday Five – 10th November 2017

I saw this on someone’s blog and thought I’d give it a go… I’m going to try to do it on a weekly basis!

It’s really important to acknowledge your achievements, no matter how small! However, its equally as important to be grateful for where you are in your life and the fact you are able to achieve these things.

It doesn’t come easy to everyone to be grateful on a daily basis – but the more you practise, the easier it becomes – and you SHOULD be practising. Gratitude plays a huge part in positive psychology and one of the greatest tools in looking after your health and well-being is a positive attitude!

Being grateful can massively improve your self esteem and allow you to appreciate your body and everything it can do! Rather than focusing on flaws you can say, ‘I’m grateful that my legs allow me to walk every single day’. This attitude is hugely important for progression within a sport; be it, bodybuilding, powerlifting or running.

Gratitude also reduces our materialistic tendencies as human beings and opens our eyes to the bigger picture in life. The things that really matter; self-love, family, friends become more important and in turn surrounding ourselves with these people, breeds positivity.

I could go on and on about the benefits of being grateful; but you get my gist.

Here are five things I’m grateful for or have achieved this week;

  • Getting up to train in the morning 3 times this week before work. Whilst this is usually the norm for me, this week I’ve been lacking my usual get-up and go attitude so it feels like an achievement!
  • Maintaining.  I have been consistent over the years and have now gotten my body to a stage where I am able to enjoy myself a little or have a ‘day off’ tracking what I’m eating and it won’t have any major effects on my weight/body.
  • Loved ones. Brandon’s Granny turned 85 on Wednesday and we went to an Italian restaurant to celebrate with all the family.
  • Making good choices. I ordered a roast chicken salad in the Italian restaurant, as opposed to a heavy pasta dish or a pizza. I had some birthday cake and chocolate afterwards but I’m glad I made the healthier choice for my main course.
  • Finishing a book. I made a promise to myself to try and read 1 book per week and I’ve been keeping up with it. This week I finished a novel that was nearly 700 pages. I find this relaxes me and allows for some ‘me-time’ away from the TV or my phone.

Do any of you practise gratuity? What have you achieved this week?

L x

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