Thankful.

Living in a developed country, it can be incredibly easy to take all the things we have in our life for granted. That’s one of the reasons that thanksgiving is one of the most meaningful holidays in my opinion! Although my American friends won’t be celebrating until next month, for us Canadians, today is Thanksgiving! So, in honour of the holiday, I think it’s important to recognize how incredibly lucky we are to live in such an amazing country with such incredible people and so many opportunities!

I think everyone should strive to be grateful, humble and thankful everyday of the year, and having a day like today to reflect on what we appreciate about our lives is wonderful.

I wanted to share with you all a few things that I’m especially thankful for:

1. Family – My family is incredible and I am so lucky to have them. They support me in everything I do, always have my back and encourage me to be my best self. They’re there whenever I need a hug, and whenever I need that little extra push to do something I need to get done. Also, my mom is my best friend so what more could I ask for?

2. Friends – Having good friends who you can trust is so incredibly important. However, they can be hard to find… I’m so lucky to have some friends who I can reach out to with anything and who will listen to me without judgment. It’s important to surround yourself with people who help raise you up, not those who push you down. I’m very grateful to have supportive friends with whom I can share the adventures of my life.

3. Recovery – I am so INCREDIBLY thankful for recovery. There was a point in my life when I never thought I would reach a point where I could say I was in recovery. I thought I would be in the depths of my eating disorder forever – recovery seemed impossible. One day though, that changed, and I found myself in recovery. It wasn’t impossible; through hard work, determination and a desire to live, I had made it. I am not “recovered” and I don’t know if that’s ever really possible. In my mind, recovery is a fluid state; there are hard days, there are great days, and every day you keep fighting that disorder that took so much away from you. Recovery means being able to go to a holiday dinner, being able to go out to eat with friends, being able to utilize coping strategies in order to deal with any worries or fears related to food, anxiety, exercise, etc. I am just so so so thankful that I am no longer controlled by anorexia: I’m in recovery!

4. The ability to exercise and enjoy the gym

Sometimes we forget that not every person has the ability to work out regularly, go to the gym, or enjoy fitness. I am very thankful that I am able to do all of these things. I’m thankful for my body and it’s abilities, for access to the gym, and for a positive relationship with exercise. I’m thanful for the principle of balance in my life and the ability to apply it to all aspects of my life, including exercise and nutrition.

I am so grateful for the life I have, the people I have met, the comforts I have been granted, the milestones I have reached so far, and SO much more.

I encourage you to take time today to really think about what you appreciate in your life. Sit back, eat some turkey, and ask yourself, “why am I thankful?”

(I’m also thankful for cupcakes 😉 )

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