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Find Contentment By Counting Your Blessings

Amber DeLeal March 1, 2016
Find Contentment - Health and Fitness Blog

Monday is here and I was more than a little tired when my alarm went off this morning.

After about 15 minutes of procrastination, I finally rolled out of bed to get the kids up. Our mornings usually start off pretty hectic. Three young children can be slightly extremely overwhelming. Especially when you feel like a zombie and can barely see straight.

But not to fret. As usual, the kids get dressed, eat, the morning gets started, and things begin to fall into place.

Okay, they don’t always fall into place. But our routine works for us and it typically ends well, regardless of how crazy it is to get there.

As I sit at the kitchen table drinking my coffee, watching my two youngest color pictures across from me, I can’t help but feel blessed.

I often reflect on my weekends because they go by so fast and are the only time we get to spend together as a family.  I miss them constantly during the week while I’m at work, so thinking about everything we do during the weekend helps me get through the week until Saturday is finally here again.

This also helps me to reflect on things I need to work on.

As you know from my last post, I had an excellent weekend as far as my weekly results were concerned. However, I find myself in a constant state of needing more and expecting more of myself.

I can be honest enough to admit that I put so much pressure on myself that sometimes I don’t enjoy the journey enough. It feels like my strive for greatness is so strong that I never feel content in the moment.

While this characteristic keeps me hungry and pushing to better myself, I know it can take away from my joy and contentment if I’m not careful. So I have find a balance.

Even on great days, I’ll often still think of something that I need to improve or do better (this includes non gym related things). Once that happens, my entire day seems to be focused on it.

That’s not how I want to spend my limited time with my family! I’m sharing because I know some of you reading this can relate.

Thanks to my reflecting on this past weekend, I can see that a change in my perspective needs to take place – and it will!

It’s okay to be hungry, but not at the expense of being thankful for the gracious gifts I have to enjoy in the here and now.

I thank God every morning for the gift of another day and all that He has blessed me with.

This morning I woke up feeling like I could have used a few more hours of sleep. My children are healthy. They’re loud, but they’re healthy and happy, and that’s what’s important.

I have a loving husband who always has my back, even when I’m being difficult. I have a warm home full of love and laughter. Sometimes it’s noisy and/or crabby but I’m with the people I love the most.

It may get difficult at time, but it gets better.

I’m thankful. I’m blessed. Taking the effort to regularly remember this is going to make me a better version of myself.

This post is really just meant to be a personal reflection that I think many of you can relate to and find useful.

I’m on the downhill side of my contest prep now. It’s only 7 weeks away. In my first post after returning to the blog, Weighing In With Coach Amber: She’s Back,  I said I was going to share the ups and downs and everything in between with you.

And as you can see, like a roller coaster, there’s whole lot of ups and whole lot of downs in my life. My experience isn’t unique. Staying positive and thankful (and never giving up) is the key to making all of it work.

If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed and unable to be content, take some time to reflect on the positive and negative things going on in your life.

Put together an action plan to make the negative things better and spend twice as much time counting your blessings.

Certain things are outside your control. How you respond to your circumstances isn’t one of them!

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