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Secret Power of Awesome

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentineís Day! Hope youíre putting a smile on someoneís face, starting with your own. Thought Iíd take you on another morning walk, because I had something that seemed appropriate to share today. I want to share the Secret Power of Awesome. Itís been the most instrumental tool in my SparkJourney. Really. This one thing has been huge, in changing the way I think about myself and others. Iíll go ahead and spill it, in case you donít have time to watch the vlog right now (I know it's a little long).

A year and a half ago, I made myself one rule: Iím not allowed to say anything bad about myself. No matter what, no negative self-talk can pass these lips. At all. Ever. Wow, that was a really hard rule to follow at first!! I had slipped into a terrible habit of self-bashing and it wasnít pretty. Plus, it was counter-productive. It never helped me achieve any of my goals and Iím pretty sure it made people around me uncomfortable. Not good. So, I made the rule and I worked and worked at keeping it. Eventually, it led to other things, like a whole new way of thinking. It gave me confidence and helped me re-discover my naturally sunny disposition.

It seems like such a simple thing, but I canít stress enough, the positive impact itís had on my life. It absolutely makes the weight loss journey better. When the scale moves up instead of down, when I get frustrated, I donít take it on myself anymore. And that keeps me moving forward, instead of giving up. There really is power in a little self-love, without being narcissistic. That one, simple rule gave me the Secret Power of Awesome.

If this is a problem area for you, why not try this? You can be stealthy, like I was, and not tell anybody. Just see if they notice. Or, maybe you can get some friends/family to help hold you accountable. You have nothing to lose and itís not going to hurt to try. Just give yourself time; it might take a lot of practice. If you do try and it works for you, let me know, okay? Iíd love to cheer you on, because guess what? Youíre pretty awesome. :)

Happy Valentine's Day, from Chubbs and Pudding

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
PENOWOK 2/15/2013 7:01AM

    My mom used to say, "If you can't say anything nice about someone, don't say anything at all." Same should be true for our self-talk!!

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TRISTAROSE 2/15/2013 6:59AM

    Awesome blog .... emoticon


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IACTA_ALEA_EST 2/15/2013 6:57AM

    This makes me glad to read.

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WALLPER26 2/15/2013 6:56AM

    You are awesome! Such a good suggestion. emoticon emoticon

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CFMOSS 2/15/2013 6:55AM

    Positive self talk - it's awesome and so are you. Thanks. Like the guinea pigs - had a couple years ago - cute, but boy could they poop - lol.

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LYNKIN 2/15/2013 6:52AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon !

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SPINNER520 2/15/2013 6:49AM

    Self love is so important! If you don't have it, it carries over into all your interactions with others!


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LRSILVER 2/15/2013 6:46AM


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SANDYCRANE 2/15/2013 6:40AM

    That is awesome thing to do.


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FLOWERSIII 2/15/2013 6:38AM

    Thank you for the encouragement! You're great!

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PURPLELVR7 2/15/2013 6:26AM


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KATHIC2 2/15/2013 6:26AM

  Great idea! Great blog, as always!!

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BON500 2/15/2013 6:15AM

    you're awesome, we all are emoticon

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THEIS58 2/15/2013 5:48AM


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TRYINGHARD54 2/15/2013 5:40AM

    your awesome !!!

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KELLYPAQ 2/15/2013 5:25AM

    It has always amazed me how quick people are to compliment others and just as quickly bash themselves. Even when someone tells us they like our shirt we have to downgrade the compliment (of this is so old or some other negative sounding phrase). I like your idea of no negative talk. I can see how that would have positive effects in other areas of our lives.

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EVER-HOPEFUL 2/15/2013 5:24AM

    awesome,lol emoticon thanks for shareing shelly hope you had a great valentines day. emoticon

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COOKIE_AT_51 2/15/2013 5:17AM

    Perfect thoughts for every day emoticon yourself
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LIFETIMER54 2/15/2013 5:11AM

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COOKIE_AT_51 2/15/2013 5:08AM

    Perfect thoughts for today and every day emoticon yourself
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PS. Love your hat :)

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REGILIEH 2/15/2013 5:06AM

    YOU are emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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AMANDACOETZER 2/15/2013 4:48AM


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NCSUE0514 2/15/2013 4:16AM

    Chubs & Pudding are cuties!

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ELLEKTRA 2/15/2013 4:14AM

    You are amazing and awesome

Thank you for bringing a smile to my face

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123ELAINE456 2/15/2013 2:45AM

  AWESOME BLOG!!! This is something I need to work on too. Very good insight and advice. Thanks for sharing this with us. I appreciate very much. This is one of your better blogs. Hope You and Family had a Happy Valentines Day. God Blessings To You and Everyone. Have a Marvelous Day and Weekend. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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ANNEMAC5 2/15/2013 12:39AM

    AWESOME I think lots of time we make negative comments about ourselves without really thinking about the effect it has on us. Great reminder. :) nice blog

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TREYONE 2/14/2013 11:58PM

  Good point on the negative self talk- just need a reminder some days!!!! Hope you had a great Valentines Day!!!

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KARRENLYNN 2/14/2013 11:40PM

    You are so right, negative self talk doesn't help at all! Any many times we don't even realize we're doing it. I work on it everyday!

Hope you're having a great Valentines day!

Karen emoticon

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READYBETTY 2/14/2013 11:29PM

    You are awesome! I'm also discovering my awesomeness!

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COCK-ROBIN 2/14/2013 11:22PM

    I have that same rule to go by. And it is a rule I remind myself of all the time.

Awwwww, such a cute picture!

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KAYTIE22 2/14/2013 10:51PM

    I looked up the word "awesome" in the dictionary and i wasn't surprised to see a picture of you right next to the definition! Thanks so much for the great advice. I plan to get to work on this right away because it's something I really need. emoticon emoticon

and I have to add...definitely emoticon

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TRAILWALKERJO54 2/14/2013 10:34PM

    you are SUPER emoticon

love this --- I am swearing ---no negative talk from me!!


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LIVEDAILY 2/14/2013 10:08PM

    I think...I think you should have a T-shirt made that says:


on it!! People would have to wonder, right??
Too cool!!

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RUNNERRACHEL 2/14/2013 10:06PM

    Great blog!! I decided not to engage in negative self talk on this weight loss and health journey and it has made such a difference!

I am reading this from a device that won't let me watch the video (yet!) so I'll have to see the video another time. Love what you wrote and love the positive loving message!

Thanks for sharing!

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KARIDIAN1 2/14/2013 10:02PM

    Glad you were able to finally upload your blog, was worth the wait.

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LIVINHEALTHY9 2/14/2013 9:44PM

    I am guilty of negative self talk. That is something I need to work on.
Good vlog.

Happy Valentines Day!

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TWEETYKC00 2/14/2013 9:33PM

    Love the sweet hat! Happy Valentine's Day to everyone over there.

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DEBBYFROMMT 2/14/2013 9:12PM

    Excellent! This has to be an all time wonderful favorite blog!

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KIPPER15 2/14/2013 9:10PM

    emoticon Wonderful blog. Thank you Shelli. Happy Valentines day!

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CHARTHESTAR 2/14/2013 9:00PM

    I am not into negative talk-- but into truthful talk which sometimes can sound negative.
have any suggestions about that?

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LINDAK25 2/14/2013 8:43PM

    Happy Valentine's Day. I love the Valentine's Greeting from Chubbs and Pudding -- perfect!

The Secret Power of Awesome sounds incredible. Thank you. I'm going to do this, too!

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JOYINKY 2/14/2013 8:35PM

    I can't think of a more fitting Valentines Day Blog! As always, Awesome! Thanks!

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ISLAMOM 2/14/2013 8:13PM

    You are AWESOME!! I love your vlogs!


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DEBRITA01 2/14/2013 7:58PM

    It all starts with self-love...we're all so lovable and emoticon It's so easy to fall into the habits of self-deprecation, but we need to show ourselves some love every day. Your Secret Power of Awesome is a great idea and demonstrates the trickle down effect it can have. I'm onboard with it starting right now (I was going to start tomorrow but no time like the present).

Your blogs always lift my spirits and make me smile - love the hat! Thanks for sharing your AWESOMEness with everyone! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CATLOVER110 2/14/2013 7:54PM

    Thanks for sharing your experience and what you've learned. It sounds great! I may have to try it myself.

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MUSOLF6 2/14/2013 7:50PM

    emoticon emoticon

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    I just want to reach out and hug you... or high five... or whatever you'd be comfortable with. You are an inspiration to me!

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HEALTHY4ME 2/14/2013 7:00PM

    Thanks and what a great idea. I know oftentimes we don't even think what we are saying or thinking about ourselves as it becomes an easy habit to slip into.
Gotta think abotu this one.
YOU are So fun! lol HUGS

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CHUBRUB3 2/14/2013 6:54PM

    Happy Valentines Day! Thanks for the wisdom and kind words Shelli.
Great rule!
Hug and Happy Valentines!
All the best,

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RAINBOWMF 2/14/2013 6:42PM

    Where might it take you??
emoticon you LADY were invited to meet and work with Chris, this alone is a POSITIVE
you made it happen. You, have made yourself have a healthy happy body, you help your daughter to see she can be healthy and happy too, you inspire so many others.

You are emoticon and we are all happy you our a part of our Lives.

Hugs Mary

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