Friday, November 19, 2010

Things I am thankful for.

After my previous hiccup in training and my much needed rest yesterday, I started thinking about all the things I should be grateful for and how focusing on negative only serves to do one thing "make you more negative". My personality type although driven and determined (which is a good thing), can also serve to make me feel like a bit of a failure if I don't reach my desired goal or stay within the realms of what I think is acceptable for me. I wonder why it is I do this to myself. Nobody else expects or requires that I perform to a certain level, in fact all of my friends (yes, you all included) only ever tell me how great I am doing. So with that in mind, I made a list yesterday of all the things I should be grateful for.
  • A healthy body and spirit (mind is getting there).
  • A loving and supportive family.
  • Friends who encourage and enable me to succeed.
  • The ability to see, hear, talk, feel, love, desire, trust, believe, create.
  • To be free in every aspect.
  • The ability to give all my dreams and aspirations a good chance to succeed.
So as I focused more on the things that I should be grateful for, the negative and down thoughts just seem to dissipate.
"Nurture your mind with
great thought's"
Bejamin Disraeli
I am also thankful for having a great coach. I rang Jodie yesterday and told her how I was feeling and she brought up a really good point. I felt the same thing in Week 3 of my last month's training, so as of next month instead of having a monthly programme where it's 3 weeks on with 1 week recovery - I will now have 2 weeks on 1 week recovery till my body adjusts better. I mean really it's all about getting to my 70.3 goal healthy and strong - not to keep having periods of complete fatigue. I think this is going to help immensely. Thanks Jodie.

I am also grateful for that the fact that Tryingatri has reached 104 registered followers. Who would have thought. I certainly never did when I first started this journey. Thankyou to all who read, comment and share in my ups and downs. You guys are awesome.

I am also thankful for the fact that I got to watch "Dumb and Dumber" yesterday for like the 1000th time. Nothing makes me laugh as hard as this movie. This movie was my husband and my first date. I could not stop laughing in the cinema, nor talking back to the screen. Poor Stephen I am sure was wondering what the hell he had gotten himself into. Something else I am thankful for, he has stuck around for 16yrs. I must not have embarrassed him as much as I thought.

What are you thankful for?


  1. I'm thankful for . . . Awesome Aussies!! [don't tell the hubby].

    I love that D&D was your first date movie. hilarious.

    Yay for shooting down the negative, thinking positive and being grateful. awesome.

  2. Remember, it's all a journey. What really matters is how we get ourselves there. Get some rest, take some miles. AUSSIE,AUSSIE, AUSSIE, OY,OY,OY ! All that from an American Irishman.

  3. Great post! I am thankful for my wonderful boys that always seem to make me smile.

  4. Emz: Aussies and Kiwi's, really were like brothers and sisters. My two bro's live in NZ.

    TRI714: Love it thankyou. That brought a smile to my face.

    Aimee: Children have an uncanny way of seeing the lighter side of everything and bringing smiles to our faces don't they? :)

  5. Wonderful read here!
    Good reminder to rise above that which brings us down....and find more good to top it with!


  6. I love this post

    I am thankful to be healthy

  7. Dawn: Exactly. It is so easy to get caught up in all that could go wrong. Really trying to stay focused on all the great experiences.

    BDD: Yes, health is so precious and something I don't think many people think of until it becomes compromised.

  8. I am thankful for this post. You have reminded me to step back and look at all the wonderful things in my life- family, friends, health and to stop focusing on what I perceive as failures.
    Thank you!

  9. Hey Barbie, I am grateful to have found you on DailyMile! And as grateful to be reading your blog and to follow a grateful person like you!

    Studies show that grateful and appreciative people are happier and healthier than those who are less inclined to express gratitude and show appreciation.

    “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.” -Cicero

  10. Heather: So glad it was able to do that for you. It's amazing how we look at ourselves and what we do. Sometimes we are our own worst critics.

    Peter: Thanks so much. Thanks for stopping in and leaving a beautiful comment.


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