It's funny how some things just stick with you. An Attitude of Gratitude is a talk given in April 1992 by Thomas S. Monson. If you would have asked me I would have said this talk was given a few years ago but I never could have imagined it was over 23 years ago.
I have struggled for years now gaining weight like some people change clothes. As I look at why I have gained weight there are some of things that stand out.
1) I have stopped writing down what I eat.
2) I have stopped checking in with my Lifestyles consultant.
3) I have stopped writing 5 things I am grateful for everyday.
Don't these look simple. I have tested and tried them. They work, if I do these things I will lose weight. Mostly because of the consquences of these actions. Let me try to explain.
By writing down what I eat I am aware of what is going in my mouth therefore and henceforth I eat better. I suddenly realize that wow it's been days since I have eaten a vegetable that might be a good idea....
If have an appointment this week with a Lifestyle consultant I feel accountable to talk about my life and what have I done to improve my lifestyle this week. Have I got enough sleep? Have I exercised my body? Have I been true to myself? Have I lived a little more purposefully? How have I coped with stress this week?
Writing down 5 things I am grateful for everyday changes me. I begin to unconsciously look for things that I can write down. I become focused on what I have instead of what I don't. I realize all that God has given me. I feel surrounded by blessings. It reminds me of the scripture in Zechariah 5:5 "Then the angel that talked with me went forth and said unto me, Lift up thine eyes, and see what is this that goeth forth." I know the truth of the scripture in D&C 78:19 "And he who receiveth all things with thankfulness shall be be glorious; and the things of this earth shall be added unto him, even an hundred fold, yea, more."
It continues to fascinate me that I know exactly how to lose weight I have done it before and I could do it again.......and yet......I continue to not do it. Why? why oh why? That is a post for a different day.
But for now I am grateful for....
1) a lake without a ripple.
2) horses outside my window
3) an ability to listen to prophets past
4) for flannel pyjama pants
5) my ability to go for a walk.