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It’s Thanksgiving for all of my American friends today and to that respect: CHEERS! Hope you and your loved ones have an amazing day and that you give thanks for having them in your life. Us Canadians had our Thanksgiving last month (and I ruined it for most people by getting married that same weekend – MAUW-HA-HA-HA-HA!) so I’ll be spending the day getting blood work done, getting an old cavity filled re-filled, watching my brother-in-law get his first tattoo (YAY!), getting my hair done and going to a networking event. I think I’m going to be quite thankful for coffee and quick meals today!

Whether you’re American or not, this is a good time to take stock and remind yourself of what you got goin’ for ya. Most specifically your body.

Yes, I dared to say that you should be grateful for your body as is.

Your body is an incredible organism. Everything it does it does to protect you and help you survive. It repairs itself, it grows, it tells you when something’s off, it gives life (regardless of gender), it’s mostly self-sustaining (when was the last time you had to think about breathing?) and, quite frankly, without it you wouldn’t even exist. But when was the last time you showed it some appreciation? You hug your loved ones and thank them for being a part of your life but when it comes to our own bodies, we’re more likely to treat it like crap than to show it some love.

The easiest and most effective way to show your rockin’ bod some lovin’ is to treat it right! Nourish it with whole, clean foods and move it as often as possible. This also means knowing when to take breaks from your workouts and stretch it gently. This is entirely how I view yoga – as a treat to my body, thanking it for doing what I ask it to do during my tougher workouts.

Being thankful to your body also means to speak kindly about it. I don’t know how many people in my life berate their bodies because they’re overweight or saying that their body’s “betrayed” them when they got sick. This isn’t helping anything, you and your body are symbiotic. Being kind to yourself IS being kind to your body. It’s not your body’s fault that you’re overweight, it’s your choices in life that caused you to be overweight. Being sick doesn’t mean your body betrayed you, it’s genetics or a freak occurance. Your body doesn’t have a vendetta against you. When your body is sick, the absolute best thing you can do is to take care of yourself and be kind. You’ve only got one body so you’re going to have to make the best with what you’ve been given! Love handles or no, in sickness and in health.

It’s never too late to start treating your body right so why not thank it this year and make a plan to live a healthier lifestyle so it can work at 100%?

Cheers to you and your magnificent, kick-ass body!

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