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The Practice of Health | The Battle for You

by Cindy Ratzlaff

It’s ironic that I’m having such a difficult time getting myself into “that place” where weight loss comes easily and health is more important that potato chips.  It’s ironic because I’ve written about all the tools I need in Queen of Your Own Life, and somehow developed amnesia and forgot to use them myself.

Here’s the tool I’m talking about.  Every morning and every evening, take a couple of deep breaths to calm your mind and then name at least one thing for which you are grateful.  That is one step in the practice of happiness.  I’m giving this tool a little tweak this week and putting it to work to help me with my healthy weight journey.  I’m going to focus all my gratitude on health.

This morning I’m grateful that my body is strong and pain free.  I know so many women suffer from daily pain and I’m truly grateful this is not my journey.  I thank my body for holding me upright, pain-free and steady.  This will be my gratitude mantra today.  I’ve printed it out onto a little post it note and I’m going to thank my body several times today, and treat it to a nice walk this morning and three health meals.

Whatever journey you’re on might benefit from gratitude as well.  Is there a way for you to honor the positive in your journey, expand it and crowd out the negative?  I’d love to hear from you on this topic because I know some of you are fighting the weight battle and others are fighting the pain battle and still others are fighting anxiety, depression and fear.

Share your gratitude messages with each other and let’s encourage one another today.  We are worth the effort. Thank you all.

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9 Responses to “The Practice of Health | The Battle for You”

  1. Beth says:

    I’m grateful for this amazing thing called the internet that allows us to connect with people who share the same struggles as we do. I just found your blog yesterday and it is so helpful to me. I continually struggle with feeling not worthy enough to take good care of myself. I am grateful that you regularly blog about your own experiences. It is so helpful to feel that I am not alone. And hopefully by reading your blog each day, I can start to take some baby steps toward taking care of myself.

  2. cindy says:

    Queen Beth, Even the most confident among us has that same struggle. The symptoms are often exhaustion, anger, resentment, sadness, loneliness. But by talking about our struggles, we want to shed light on those feelings so other women won’t think they are alone out there. Thank you for being here and thank you for caring enough to leave a comment. We appreciate that so much.

  3. mary says:

    I am so struggling with this now. I’ve been on this diet merry go round since I was 10!!! Up down, up down. I’m almost 60 now. RIght now I weigh more than I ever have and I’m trying so hard to get motivated but something deep inside me tells me I have to get myself to the point where I love me as I am so I can let go of this. Something is causing this. I actually don’t eat huge amounts of food. But all the years of dieting have taken their toll on my metabolisim. I know I can’t be 30 again no matter how much weight I lose. I would be happy to lose about 35 pounds. I wouldn’t be skinny skinny but pleasantly plump I think. I’d be comfortable in my skin. I hope. I realized recently I don’t think I ever have been. Isn’t that a sad and amazing statement. Not even as a child. I was watching my pretty little granddaughter the other day and she is so confident, so comfortable with herself, so unafraid. I wished I could be her for a day. NO matter how thin I got I never felt okay. NOw I look at pictures of myself and think what was I thinking of to think I wasn’t pretty, or not thin enough, or whatever the heck it was. What a lot of wasted energy my life has given to this. Now, here we go again. Egads!! This Queen is fed up with this nonsense. So I am journeying with you. Maybe we can find our way out of this maze together.

  4. mary says:

    Forgot to say what I am grateful for so here it is: My husband, who is loving and thinks I am still cute. My stepkids who are my kids to me and so loving. I am still here and still fighting the good fight and able to. I am blessed with good friends. I am so grateful for your book. I’ve bought copies for my sister, and for my best friend. So you see much to be grateful for.

  5. cindy says:

    We are so glad to have you with us Queen Mary and we’re right there with you. All of us have wasted time and energy beating ourselves up only to look back and think “Gee, I wasn’t so bad. . .” Enough already, right?

  6. Lisa Fulmer says:

    i am grateful for my job and all my online friends who make me laugh any time I need a little TLC!

  7. Anita says:

    Right now I’m struggling with a severe back strain and can’t walk or sit up. However, on the bright side, I can”t eat anything unless someone brings it to me. I’m grateful for a daughter who will travel 100+ miles just to wash some clothes for me and for a husband who can lift me and help me get to the bathroom; LOL!

  8. cindy says:

    Those are great things to be grateful for Queen Anita! Hope you feel better soon.

  9. Nancy says:

    I am so amazed that i can come on this website each day and there is the message i need for the day.I to struggle with weight and all the ailments that go with it.But since i started reading you everyday i have come to love myself,forgive myself.and really pay attention to total selp. thank you so much for helping us see that we are never along in this journey

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