Gratitudes: 11/18, 11/19, 11/20

Gratitudes: 11/18, 11/19, 11/20

Haha it’s Wednesday, guys and I realize I haven’t written a gratitude for you yet this week. My b.

I’m back at Crossfit this week (yay) and we’ve started a few programs to build upper body strength for gymnastic work and to improve our snatches and overhead positions (if you don’t know what this is, that’s okay, just know it’s Olympic weightlifting techniques)

I’m excited to see my and others’ progress over the next 6 weeks as we progress through this program.

Monday I was thankful for:
  • Not reading the start time of our team meeting in Frederick and having an extra 1.5 hours to get a head start on my week
  • Advancing my skills by reading and engaging my brain more
  • The extra recovery day by getting home late and not making it to the gym

While normally these things would frustrate me to no end, I am seeing situations from a different point of view and dealing with stress better. In science, this is called “positive reframing”, and it’s a resiliency skill that is developed over time. As you practice your gratitude, you’ll notice that you’ll begin to see the silver linings in situations that would normally cause emotional distress. It also helps you cope better with stress.

I’m noticing that I’m doing this more and this technique actively engages others too. I noticed it with my mom this lovely Wednesday morning when she called to vent (we have some serious situations going on in my family and it’s not easy for her to cope with).

On Tuesday, I was thankful for:
  • The boost in productivity I had from committing to being accountable for the improvement of my skills when others aren’t keeping up with new skills to be learned
  • New opportunities to build LIFT by Les and reach more people
  • Pushing myself to do the RX+ work at CrossFit to continue to improve my fitness so that I can begin competing again next year.
And today, on National Hump Day, I am thankful for:
  • Getting to spend time with my friend Max tonight for his birthday (HE IS 27!)
  • Having 2/3 of my laundry done and realizing I need to buy more leggings and sports bras (so I’m gonna do a litttttllleee shopping)
  • Waking up with both the dog and cat snuggled up with me. It’s my favorite part of getting up in the morning.

If you’ve been having a hard time, think of other situations in which your resiliency has helped you overcome something difficult and be thankful for that. Be thankful for the lessons resiliency taught you and be thankful that you didn’t give up.

Meltdowns are okay; crying is okay; kicking and screaming is okay; being dramatic is okay; yelling is okay; and seeing a professional about what you’re going through is okay.

I would know, I had a total of 6 months of therapy while recovering from some of my trauma and I highly encourage others to go talk to a professional so that they have safe place to air their feelings and work through them. You can learn valuable coping skills and do various exercises to help keep your emotions objective.

Remember the puppies analogy? That came from my therapy sessions and I regularly consult and comfort my inner child. She knows what’s up.

So does yours.

Please, join the discussion. Tell me what you’re thankful for and how you can use positive reframing in your daily routine.

In love and light,

Les

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