AIM: The Thankful Buffet

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Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.
Brian Tracy

I try to maintain an “attitude of gratitude” all the time, but I’ll be honest, some days are better than others. The approach of Thanksgiving is always a good time to do a status check, so to speak, and correct my straying ways, if necessary. In choosing to write about thankfulness this month, the AIM bloggers have given me an opportunity to focus on some of the things for which I’m grateful.

an abundance of vegetablesI am grateful to have access to an abundance of food, healthy and otherwise. One of the “adjustments” I made along the path to healthier living is the way I think about food. In the past I viewed the abundance of food around me (at home, at work, seemingly everywhere I turn) as some sort of burden or curse. How could I ever make progress with all those temptations?

One day I realized that there are literally millions of people on this planet who would be happy to have the donuts on the breakroom counter. For me to complain about them being there seems small-minded and petty. I’m thankful to have learned that just because it’s there doesn’t mean I have to eat it.

Another thought-shift was how I viewed the legendary (and formerly dreaded) “food pushers”, those people who don’t seem to know what “no” means. I used to think they didn’t care about my intentions or were somehow trying to sabotage my success. Silly me. Not one of my personal “food pushers” wanted me to be obese and unhealthy. They simply knew how much I loved their {insert random yummy specialty here} and wanted to make me happy. I’m grateful for the people who care enough about me to cook (or stir) my favorite foods. I’m also grateful to have learned how to manage smaller portions of those offerings.

woman on exercise ball I am so grateful to have a body that is whole (squish belly included) and functions properly. It’s hard to believe I used to view exercise as some sort of penance for being overweight. Not anymore. I’m so fortunate to be able to exercise, not to mention that I have time for it and now know how to exercise properly.

I could go on and on and on about the things I’m grateful for, because my life is richly blessed, but in the interest of time, I’ll share just one more thing. (I reserve the right to revisit the topic of gratitude later in the month.)

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At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.
Albert Schweitzer

I am grateful and fortunate to have found this little corner of the internets. I have learned so much through your comments and insights. Your stories inspire me, motivate me, and rekindle my commitment time and time again. Thank you!

Thank you also for allowing me to share these few thoughts of thankfulness today. As I said earlier, I’ll probably be sharing more as the month progresses. November just does that to me. :)

Does the “gratitude attitude” help you in your weight management?

If you haven’t done so already, be sure to check out what the other AIM bloggers are thankful for!
Lynn @ Lynn’s Weigh
Lori @ Finding Radiance
Debby @ Debby Weighs In
Shelley @ My Journey to Fit

AIM: Adventures in Maintenance is Lynn, Lori, Debby, Shelley, and Cammy, former weight-loss bloggers who now write about life in maintenance. We formed AIM to work together to turn up the volume on the issues facing people in weight maintenance. We publish a post on the same topic on the first Monday of each month. Let us know if there is a topic you’d like us to address!

22 thoughts on “AIM: The Thankful Buffet

    • Aww, thank you and right back atcha! The online support network is amazing, and I sometimes wonder if I’d have been able to maintain my loss so easily without that support. (I think I know the answer to that. :) )

  1. You are definitely the most “glass half full” person I know! And your attitude of gratitude is probably what keeps that going.

    I didn’t say it, but I am definitely with you on being ever so grateful that I have a body that functions well.

    • Honestly, Debby, I think my attitude change helped/helps me more than anything else. And every single time I forget that, I see or hear something that reminds me how much I have to be thankful for. Funny how that works out. :)

  2. “At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person.” I can’t tell you how many times you’ve rekindled that spark for me :) Thank you for the reminder about food, that just because it’s there or I can afford to buy it, doesn’t mean I need it!

  3. You are so right about the proverbial donuts on the counter…I love your take on that. And yes, I’m right with you on having changed my attitude toward exercise – who knew we’d end up WANTING to do it? :)

  4. I am still working on the just because it’s there doesn’t mean I have to eat it LOL!

    I am glad you have a corner of the internets for me to visit 😀

  5. I really like your reference to the fact that so many people have access to little or no food (healthy or otherwise) making all our whining about it seem so childish and petty. Always enjoy the AIM posts.

  6. I love to read on all the blogs of your lovely group that you are thankful for the internet, I am too.

    At this moment I’m in a process where they are running tests to see what’s wrong with me. I might be gluten intolerant. Suddenly food might be something I have to think about a lot in the future. Because if I am I just can’t eat anything anymore and that’s going to take some huge adjustments. So today I’m grateful I can eat everything I choose.

  7. “Squish belly” … that made me laugh. Good to know that even at goal and maintenance, there are still squish bellies out there. Hope to join the ranks of maintaining soon!

  8. I’m grateful I found the AIM blogs! (Thanks to Debby and TQS) I am a LONG way from maintenance but I am making a conscious effort to think about maintenance from the very beginning “this” time, and I get a lot more than maintenance tips out of all your posts. Bit by bit, I’m “scaling down” and hoping someday I can be in the 100 pound club. (Is there a 34 pound club?) Really, thank you (all 5 of you) for taking the time to share your personal life.

    • Jeannie, I’m sorry to reply so late. I forgot to check my comments. {blushes}

      You bet there’s a 34-lb. club! It’s a celebration of having a third of the journey already behind you! Way to go!

  9. I love your attitude of gratitude and your positive approach to life. I too am grateful to have found blogs and all the “friends” they have introduced me to.

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