What are your values? Are they about you or "shoulds"?
Monday, January 10, 2011
I am realizing that for about the 17th time in my life I have set a New Year's resolution to lose weight. I am asking myself what will be different this time and realizing that the same old arguments don't work anymore which are: You MUST do it. You have to look good for others. You are not worthy if you don't weight 10 or 15# less. You look horrible and must eat less and work out more. You should do this because you live in a town where everyone is thin (Colorado).
These TIRED, OLD arguments are not going to work for me anymore. I have decided to tie my goals to VALUES. I value my body as a vessel for my spirit and a means to do things with my life. I value health, healthy foods, a healthy lifestyle and all that brings. I value looking good not necessarily for others but because it means I can be the best person I can be. I value exercise because it gets me moving, breathing, living and especially, being outside. I value cooking and eating better because it means I'm taking care of my precious self and I need my precious self to do good things in the world, especially at work.
This year, for the first ever, I am linking my new goals to something different, not just "shoulds" because "shoulds" are not going to do it for me anymore.