Let’s take a moment to be grateful for what we have.

It is important to remind yourself of what is truly important to fully appreciate everything that you have. When you take away everything that can be taken away – the material, the money, the gadgets- when it really comes down to it, the only thing that you truly have is your health. Without, you have nothing.

We are pretty terrible to ourselves. We spend so much time doing terrible things to our health, filling our bodies with junk food, chemicals, smoke, alcohol, and defeating thoughts, blaming our bodies or the way they function for why we don’t feel good about ourselves. Your body is fine. It does exactly what you ask of it. It’s your mind that needs your focus.

We spend so much time putting our bodies down, mostly for the way they look and often for the way they perform. It’s unfair. We’ve all only got one body and they do amazing things for us every second of the day in spite of how much time we spend putting it down.

In this happy holiday season where we make an effort to show gratitude for the things we hold dear, take some time today, and learn to take some time every day, to thank your body and your health for everything it does for you. It’s all you have.

Be thankful for your legs, fast or slow, they get you exactly where you need to go.

Be thankful for your arms, jiggly or firm, they can wrap around your loved ones to show them how much they mean to you- including yourself.

Be thankful for you belly, loose or taut, it supplies the best kind of laughs.

Be thankful for your butt, high or sagging, it supports you as you rest without complaints.

Be thankful for your lungs, big or small, they supply you with the very thing necessary for life.

Be thankful for your heart, weak or strong, it works tirelessly to ensure the rest of your body gets what it needs.

Be thankful for you back, aching or not, it shoulders your daily burdens while still letting you hold your head up high.

Be thankful for your brain, even though you feel it may trick you sometimes, it can change the way you look at the world.

Be thankful for your motivation, even though it ebbs and flows, it always leads you back to striving to be your best.

Be thankful for your metabolism, fast or slow, it responds the second you ask it to (if you ask the right way, of course.)

Instead of standing in front of the mirror and picking out its flaws, change your attitude and thank your body for everything it does for you, taking care of you every day despite your constant criticism of it. It does its job for you without complaint, so now do yours and treat it to a workout.