Remember Your Blessings

Sometimes I can be really ungrateful. I get in one of those moods, usually triggered by a bad workout or bad day of eating, and it takes over. And then all I do is focus on negatives:

– why can’t I eat better
– why can’t I run a faster mile (and sometimes why can’t I run a mile in general)
– my arms are too big
– my hair sucks
– why is my skin so blotchy
– how come I am not more successful
– my husband deserves more
– why am I so shy
– when will we have more money
– why don’t I have more friends

It’s pretty much one big pity party, and I’m the only guest. These negatives (and so much more) run through my head non-stop during days like these. The sad thing is, it’s always because of a workout or a bad day of eating.

How sad is that? That food and working out can make me forget all that I have been blessed with?

I’ve had enough of these days to know that only one thing really helps me to get over it. I’ve tried pushing myself through another workout, starving myself the next day to make up for the day of bad eats, sleeping the rest of the day, bubble baths, puppy kisses, and even Ninja kisses. But only one thing works.tumblr_luwaj3xrVl1qa7ajjo1_500

Remembering my blessings. And I’m not talking about big ones. I’m talking about small blessings that I take for granted everyday:

– my fully functioning body that I can run, jump, lift, and play with
– my family
– my husband
– the few friends I have
– the ability to pay all our bills
– the fact I have a job
– my working car
– the home I get to come home to
– the food in our kitchen

And those are just a few. I have been so immensely blessed, and focusing on that is the only thing that can get me out of that pity party.


Because the truth is, there is someone out there who has it MUCH worse than I do.  There is someone out there who would love to have my minor inconveniences.  There is someone out there who would rather be a part of MY pity party than theirs.

Focusing on my blessings almost makes me feel guilty. How can I be sad when I look at all that God has given me?  The simple fact that I have Ninja should be enough to get me through ANY day.  And yet some times it isn’t. 


I know that I will continue to have my pity parties.  I don’t think the point is to rid myself of them.  I think the goal is to realize in the middle of my pathetic pouting, that I have more than some ever will.  That thought,along with the knowledge that I have a God who will continue to watch over me, should be more than enough to get me out of any pity party.

What blessings do you take for granted?


  1. says

    I loved this post :)
    “I have a God who will continue to watch over me” <– that in itself is such an incredible blessing. He made us the way we are for a reason and thinks we are beautiful no matter what! God is so good!! :)

  2. says

    These days seem like they are impossible to avoid sometimes. I have them at random, and they are awful. I will have to remember this post next time I have a down day. You rock girrrrrl! Plus you’re not alone with these feelings!

  3. says

    Love it!! :)

    I think I often take the blessing of salvation for granted … forgetting to appreciate the ultimate sacrifice He made for me.

    And when my body starts “breaking down” a little and I can’t run exactly like I want to, I forget to appreciate that I have arms and legs that function in a healthy manner 99.9% of the time!

  4. says

    Thank you for your honesty and this post! It’s not sad when a bad workout or less than stellar day of eating ruins your day (at least I don’t think so) because I full on do the same thing. Not dwelling on those negatives is KEY though, and you certainly hit the nail on the head here

  5. says

    Aw, Kat, I totally know how you feel. I have those days a lot too, but I don’t have nearly the same positive outlook you do- although I’m working on it. Thanks for the reminder to appreciate what we have :)

  6. says

    I think I take for granted the fact that I HAVE a healthy body that enables me to workout and eat right. Some people don’t have the option whether it’s due to a disability or an illness….I’m grateful for STRENGTH. (Even though I’m sick right now ;))

  7. says

    Sometimes I feel that I take for granted that I have a fully functioning body that enables me to walk, run, jump… anything! There are times when I feel annoyed with some part of it but … who doesn’t! I agree with you here and am happy to not be the only one feeling like this at times :)

  8. says

    You poor thing! that’s crazy! Something similar happened to me but it was an xacto knife and I ended up having to get stitches :( I hope you heal quickly!!!

    I take wayyyy too many things for granted. One being my amazing family and super awesome friends :)


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