Using gratitude to feel great about life

I’d like to share something with you today that will instantly help you feel better about your health and fitness, your weight, your body, and even your life as a whole.

Many people go through life constantly reminding themselves of what they haven’t got and have thoughts like…

“My health and fitness isn’t where I want”

“If only I weighed less I would feel so much better”

“I don’t like how my body/bottom/thighs/stomach looks”

While it’s perfectly normal to have thoughts like these and they can help to push you onto success, they can also lead to many negative feelings. They can cause feelings of frustration and disappointment that you want things in your life that you haven’t got at present.

I experienced this many years back when I wanted things in my life that I didn’t have, things that I knew may take many months or even years to get. It didn’t feel good at all to think that I couldn’t have my new and improved life for quite some time.

I had frustrations about things like my fitness, my job, and my relationships. It made me feel like I was really struggling and not getting much out of life. No matter how fit and healthy you are, what job you have, or what relationships you have, you can still be dissatisfied and want more.

Then I tried a new approach, an approach that I think you’ll find very useful too.


I decided to remember what I HAVE got in my life, rather than worry about what I didn’t have.

So on a piece of paper I started with a title called “Gratitude” and I listed everything that I was grateful for in my life and why I was grateful for them.

I listed things like my close family and friends, having the opportunity to be fit and healthy, being able to exercise, and having the choice and freedom to do whatever I wanted in life. These things that are so easy to take for granted.

I then spent a few minutes at the end of each week looking at my list and reminding myself of everything that I had in my life.

It reminded me that “Ok it may have been a tough week, things may not have worked out as I wanted, but this is what I’ve still got in my life”. It helped me to think with a more positive mindset rather than a negative one.

I started to appreciate that maybe my life wasn’t that bad after all. In fact I realised that my life was pretty good and that I should be grateful for the life I have.

Yes I still wanted those things in my life that seemed so far away, and I still have plenty of goals, but now the frustration had very much disappeared.


What about you?

Maybe you are feeling frustration right now with your health and fitness, your weight, or your body. Maybe you have that nagging feeling that you should be getting more out of your life, or that your life should be better.

Why not make your “Gratitude” list and see how this helps to ease the frustration and help you think more positively about what you do have in your life?

It’s still perfectly fine to think that you don’t have the fitness, health, weight, or body that you want at the moment, but use this to push you on with motivation and enthusiasm rather than hold you back with worry and frustration.

Worry and frustration won’t help you towards your goals and they won’t make the things that you want happen any quicker. Motivation and enthusiasm will!

All the things that you want in your life can come with time if you stick at it and keep moving forwards with various aspects of your life and get the help that you need. Then it’s only a matter of time before you experience the results you want.

As you go along, remember what you have got in your life and enjoy the journey and experiences along the way!

James Porter

2 Comments

  • Debra

    October 17, 2019 @ 5:20 pm

    A very thought provoking article James, one that most of us can relate to.

    From a personal experience, I know that regular exercise with healthy eating does make you feel more positive, enthusiastic, goal focussed and yes, thankful.

    I really hope more people will take on board your comments to help with their individual journeys.

    • James

      October 18, 2019 @ 4:09 pm

      Thank you Debra!

      I agree, and yes there are loads of benefits of exercise and healthy eating as well as getting fitter or losing weight.

      Also keep it up with your sessions. You are doing great with them.

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