Emily —  June 26, 2014 — 3 Comments

I’m a firm believer in the phrase, “Without your health, you have nothing.” Health and wellness is extremely important to me. It’s my passion, my profession and one of my greatest interests. I see everyday how much it truly impacts an individual’s quality of life. At some point in time, I’m confident every one of us has had an illness, ailment, or injury, which kept us from doing something we wanted or needed to do. For most, it has been a minor issue that limited us from doing something we enjoy, like lifting weights or going to a party. We all know that there are many much less fortunate with a health issue that has kept them from doing much more.

Every day at the hospital I see people struggling to breathe, to eat, to spend just one minute without being in agonizing pain. I have absolutely no idea what that must be like. I am repeatedly reminded just how lucky I am to not know that struggle, but even with the constant reminder, I am forever lacking the gratitude for my situation. Instead, I’m always wanting more, in so many aspects of my life. And I’m wanting more because I take what I have for granted. But, I am determined to change. I am determined to become more grateful for the enormous amount of gifts that I have in my life, with my health being close to the top of the list.

I am starting today by acknowledging a few of the things that I am enormously grateful for and I challenge you to do the same.

  1. I am grateful for a healthy body that is capable of everyday tasks and allows me to be independent.
  2. I am grateful for a healthy body that is free from pain and constantly allows me to be active.
  3. I am grateful for a healthy body that is STRONG. One that can lift, push, pull and carry heavy things in and out of the weight room.

I am grateful for the MissFits, our coach, and this community of like-minded people that understands just how important one’s health is; that are happy and encouraging and will remain connected through our love for fitness.




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3 responses to Gratitude

  1. Awesome! Thank you for this reminder.

  2. Renae

    You guys are a constant inspiration to me 🙂

  3. I teach group exercise at the YMCA. Yesterday, one of my Seniors said, “Every class, I feel like I’m going to die. But after every one, I get resurrected! Every day in the gym is Easter.” Life is the first gift we receive, and taking care of that gift is the best way to say thank you. Thanks for always reminding us of that.

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