Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Thank you to everyone who commented on my last blog post and messaged me! Your support has buoyed me, and you have given much to think about over the past few days.
TIGER_LILY_613 suggested that I blog about some of the things that have been paralyzing me and my efforts to work toward my weight loss goals and my health. She’s definitely right – talking about this and getting feedback is a great way to neutralize the power these issues have had in my life and gain some much-needed outside perspectives. So I am going to blog about one of the issues I have been dealing with over these past several months.
WMAYFIELD talked about negative tapes, and yes, these have been a problem for me. One particular negative tape she mentioned that would surface for me while reading success stories was this: "I should be able to do this on my own.” It would be followed quickly with "If they could do it, why can't I? What a loser I am." Those messages have left me with such feelings of failure that even basic activities toward health have felt insurmountable.
Now the thing is -- those negative tapes are so far from the truth. As if those who have been successful did it on their own? No, they didn't, and they have readily said that they are where they are because of the support they got. But it's oftentimes hard to hear the sure, steady voice of truth when the negative tapes are blaring their messages at top volume.
So I am calling out all of those damaging messages right now. They are counterproductive. They are abusive. They are LIES. And they have no place in my life or anyone else’s.