Friday, February 15, 2013
Today's SparkCoach challenge is to write yourself a letter. The focus is to stop negative self talk and replace it with encouraging words; being your own best friend. I did it, but it wasn't easy to stay positive. I need to improve it and I'm not putting it in a blog, at least not yet.
I'm really good at what Dr. Judith Beck (The Beck Diet Solution) calls giving yourself credit. I love to celebrate accomplishments and SP helps me do that --healthy streaks of all kinds (sleep, water, exercise, freggies, calorie range), monthly trophies (SparkPoints, perfect attendance, consistency, exercise minutes, Trivia), scale victories, the kid's accomplishments (Gwen saying phrases ["I don't know" and "Not now" are new this week] and Natalie scoring 18 out of 18 on her math test and getting a "Super" on her written sentences), my published story, and work calling me yesterday to ask me for help after I've been gone nearly two years. I'm approaching 4 years of maintaining an 80 pound weight loss. I'm going to celebrate big. And the fact I'm trying to lose a couple more pounds is not going to dampen that celebration!!
But I haven't totally gotten over the negative self talk and getting really disappointed in myself. I'm working to replace those negative thoughts, especially those I pay attention to, with more positive acceptance of myself as I am. And I want to do this acceptance while being open and accepting of more progress. I don't want to say that I'm a binge eater and will always be a binge eater. I want to say that I'm doing better and better at staying within my calorie range and I'm making wiser and wiser food choices. Because I am!!