Resisting Negative Self-Talk
Friday, January 27, 2012
My goal for this past week was to walk aerobically (as defined by my Omron pedometer) on four of seven days. I didn't specify how long each walk would be. I set this goal because I've been having great difficulty getting out and walking since our dog died in December.
As of today, I made my goal--four walking sessions. Instead of celebrating, I find that I'm fighting my urge to be self-critical. First reaction to completing 4 walking sessions this week---"Yes, but they were all short--only 10 or 15 minutes. That's not real walking!"
When I walked outside with our dog, I almost always completed 30 minutes of walking and I walked six of seven days of the week. I know I felt better physically when I was doing that.
Better self-talk: This was a good start to re-building a habit--maybe better to say developing a new habit. I need to set the same goal for next week. If I feel like walking longer, that will be great. I'll re-evaluate and re-write my walking goal after four consecutive weeks of meeting my current goal.
When I recognize my self-critical side commenting, I'll stop and think "What would my Spark friends say?"