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Monday, 21 September 2020 11:11

Every Breath You Take

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Once upon a time, my Dad told us about a book he read where the author said he was inspired to give thanks for everything, especially the ‘bad’ or challenging things in his life. So, my Dad tried this out one day when he was driving down the main commercial street in his neighborhood. This street had a traffic light at nearly every block and, as was usually the case, he was hitting every red light. He started saying, “thank you for the red light, thank you for the red light, thank you for the red light,” at every corner. Pretty soon, instead of being frustrated and angry, he was laughing!

Let’s bring this concept into focus where weight loss, self-esteem and body image are concerned. It’s easy to celebrate and give thanks when we’ve lost weight, made a positive choice in a challenging situation, or just plain feel good about how we look in our clothes. It’s harder to give thanks when we’ve worked really hard and hit a plateau or had a weight gain.

I call this topic “Every Breath You Take” because with every breath we can find reason to give thanks. This practice of giving thanks no matter the circumstances has been the most difficult for me to maintain, yet it has yielded more joy than any other for me. It’s the same as turning the negative self-talk around, in that it doesn’t happen overnight. It takes being aware of the opportunities to give thanks when our go-to thoughts are anything but grateful. Then it takes more practice to give thanks and mean it. Then it takes more practice to find peace and grace in the thanksgiving so that we can find joy even in the middle of what seems to be failure.

With every breath we take, there is reason to be thankful. With every bite of food we eat, there is reason to be grateful. With every step we take, every lap we swim, every pedal of a stationary bike, there is reason to be grateful. With every pound we gain, every plateau we hit, every look in the mirror, there is reason to be grateful. It’s a choice we can make, and in making the choice to give thanks, we make this journey infinitely easier and more joyful.

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Betty Brink

Betty Brink is an expert on the mental and emotional aspects of dieting and body image. She is the author of "The Main Meal: The New Perspective on Weight Loss." In seminars, speeches, and consultations, she demonstrates practical methods to quiet the diet chatter, and to empower yourself to make conscious choices in diet, in life, and in relationships.

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