I've been allowing myself two new things lately. A weekly Spin and Sculpt class that meets every Friday, and a new Bible study that meets for an hour every Saturday. I am always so focused on the needs of my family and my home that I've come last for far too long. The more I say "yes" to opportunities that nurture my body and soul, the happier I am feeling. I am worth the time this takes, I'm just realizing that.
HEBREWS 12:1-2 "...let us throw off everything that hinders us and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith".
Two things I do that I consider being kind to myself are having a cleaning lady every three weeks and getting my hair cut by a certain hairdresser even though his prices are high (and he gives me a discount!). I don't beat myself up about the cleaning lady, even though I'm single, so I don't have anyone but myself to mess things up! I work long days as a teacher and I just don't want to spend my time on some of the tasks she does. I'd rather garden, dance, or go for a walk. When this hairdresser first cut my hair, I had a student in on of my classes literally do a double take when he saw my face. He had seen me from behind at first and thought I was a substitute teacher. Both of them do something for me that makes me feel I am taking care of myself.
“To seek happiness, identifying the Self with the body, is like trying to cross a river on the back of a crocodile." Ramana Maharshi *The No S Diet saved me from my emotional eating defeats. Six years and counting! nosdiet.com/ *Be happy with this moment. This moment is your life. *Get to the next meal hungry! www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i ndividual.asp?gid=1323
On this team we've talked about Harriet and how she sabotages us. Too often I (and probably others) spend time being mean to ourselves to help convince us to 'get thin'. What are we doing to nurture ourselves? As parents, friends, girlfriends and wives we all know you don't get a positive reaction by being mean, yet that's what we do to ourselves. What are we doing to be nice?
For me, I no longer try to squash into clothes that don't fit. I used to say, '18 is as high as I will go. After that I will just have to not breathe'. So when I started to lose weight I was still miserable until I actually fit the 18s. Now I am anywhere from an 8 to a 12 (thanks to the wonders of women's clothing which is not 'one size is your size'). If there is a pair of pants I really like but the 12 doesn't fit I'm going to try the 14 now. What does it matter? If it looks good is anyone going to see the size tag? If they do, what difference does it make? I'm still the same lady. I want to look good and be comfortable.
What have you done to be good to yourself?
If you win 51% of the battles you have won the war.
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