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Thanksgiving is...

Beth Colucci

Thanksgiving is a great time of year to remember what you’re thankful for, including your body. We all have changes we would like to make to our physiques, but when you take a step back and look at what your whole body is capable of, you realize what a truly miraculous thing it is. It’s time to acknowledge & express a little gratitude for all your body does...

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1. Your legs are powerful…

While you may judge the size of your thighs, don’t lose sight of the fact that your legs are powerful enough to walk, cycle, or run to wherever you want to go. There is someone out there who is struggling to just walk around the block. Never let the size or shape of your legs stop you from enjoying your life.

2. Your arms are strong…

Whether it is your child, grandchild, pet, etc. your arms are strong enough to pick up and hug the things you hold most dear to your heart. Your upper body also allows you to do everyday tasks that you take for granted, including carrying grocery bags or putting items away. The next time you think your arms are too big, imagine a life where you couldn’t pick up what you wanted/ needed to.

3. Your heart and lungs are strong…

You don’t have to tell your heart to beat or your lunges to contract. Without a thought, your heart will beat over 3 billion times in your lifetime, and your lungs will contract ~23,000 times per day. It’s obvious that without these two self-sufficient, yet highly complex organs, you wouldn’t be here.

4. Your body speaks the truth…

We all like to pretend certain things aren’t happening…i.e. aches, pains, etc. These signs and symptoms are your body telling you it needs more love and attention. Listen to your body – its highly intelligent.

5. You remember…

Think of the time you felt most loved, had the best time with friends, or when your child came into this world. Memories exist because your brain stores them without a second thought, no pun intended. Your brain also automatically remembers and tells your body “how” to do countless tasks and movements that we take for granted.

6. And most importantly, it loves you…

When you are feeling down on yourself, your body will always have your back. I was having a hard time coming up with the right words for what I wanted to convey here so I will leave this here… “[your body] will still tell you that you're hungry even when you don't want to eat. It will still make you cry even when you're too proud to show it. It will still tell you you're in love even when you want to deny it. It will love you more than you love it, no matter what.” And if that made you tear up, you are not alone.

Your body is an incredible machine that needs your compassion, love and care. Be grateful for all your body does…don’t wait until you are – heaven-forbid – faced with an illness or injury to appreciate all of the amazing things your body does for you daily.

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