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This is a great challenge! I'm generally a pretty positive person, but there is certainly room for improvement when it comes to my body image.
"For myself I am an optimist - it does not seem to be much use being anything else." - Winston Churchill
It's funny that you brought this up today. I was at the lake today and said to my very fit sister-in-law... "It's time to do the walk of shame..." She looked puzzled and I said "Time to put on my swimsuit!" Even as I said it I felt as if I were being cruel to myself. Imagine if I heard one of my kids say that about themselves. Imagine if they had heard me say it to myself! I'm trying to re-parent myself and talk to myself with as much patience and loving kindness as I would my own children. Much easier in theory...LOL
Wherever you are, be there totally. If you find your here and now intolerable and it makes you unhappy, you have three options: remove yourself from the situation, change it, or accept it totally.
Being kind to myself was the hardest lesson I had to learn.
It has given me the biggest payoffs.
Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things:... Psalm 98
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though... we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day my day....So fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. for what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal
2 COR 16-18
Doing nothing is the most perfect form of action, when I do nothing there is nothing left undone and there is nothing left to do.... The Way by Lao Tse
I'm in, this is a good one and much needed!
This is a HUGE issue for me! Thanks for making it a challenge.
"...there's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo, and it's worth fighting for."
"We're children of a fighting race that never yet has known disgrace." (The Soldiers' Song, Irish national anthem)
"Every day above ground is a good day." (Chef Justin Kennedy of New Orleans, on Chopped)
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A wonderful feeling of freedom comes when you stop judging your body and just learn to assess what you need to feel good. This week, notice when negative thoughts about your body, your eating patterns, or your self come up. Rethink the negative thought and turn it into a positive statement. Write it down, blog about it, or share it with the group.
Examples of negative thinking:
* I just can't lose this weight
* Why can't I shed these lousy 10lbs?
* why is losing weight so hard?
* My metabolism just crashed when I turned 30.
* Everyone can lose weight except me.
* I have lousy genetics
* I hate this gut (thighs, butt, etc.)
* I like to eat too much
* I have no will power - I always cave in
* I don't have time to work out
* I hate exercise.
Examples of positive thinking:
* I enjoy burning fat
* I am getting closer to my ideal weight
* At this meal, I will only eat food that takes me to my goal
* I'm going to feel awesome after I exercise
* I'm boosting my metabolism everyday
* I'm getting leaner every day
* I like the way I look
* I am 100% able to achieve my goal
* I will do whatever it takes
* I love healthy food
* I love working out
* I make the time for my goal
* I can do it
* I like myself
Edited by: EARTHSEAME at: 6/29/2010 (10:55)
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