Friday, December 06, 2013
Today's Elf for Health Challenge is to spread the word about Operation Beautiful. Has anyone ever heard of it?
Operation Beautiful was started by Caitlin Boyle, author of the healthy living blog "Healthy Tipping Point" and author of the book Operation Beautiful. The book is a compilation of posits collected from all around the world spreading positive messages to oneself. Messages that were posted on scales, bathroom mirrors, etc. can be found inside this book. There is also a website www.operationbeautiful.com where you can read posts collected from the day.
The message behind the "project" is a great one with so many negative images in the media promoting super strict expectations for young girls and women. I am sure men feel the same pressures looking at all the 6 pack abs on every Men's fitness magazine. Operation Beautiful is about promoting self love and accepting who you are:)
In my classroom I use a technique called "filling your bucket" based on the book "How Full is Your Bucket?" Once a week students are asked to write one nice thing about someone in the room. All submissions are then posted on the cabinets for everyone to read. Some write about how nice one's new shirt is or how thankful they are to have one as a friend. Occasionally I will even get a note:)
Growing up I was super critical of myself. I never thought I looked thin enough or was smart enough, especially compared to my sister who was very skinny and got straight A's with little effort. She was even nice enough to rub both in my face every chance she got:) As a teacher I cringe every time I hear a student, or even one of my coworkers, say something negative about themselves.
Say something nice to someone today...including yourself:) Happy Friday!
2124.60 miles for the year!