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You Can Let the World Beat You Up, Or You Can Beat Your Attitude

Monday, May 03, 2010

So I started reading blogs this afternoon. Every so often, I just browse. I understand people use them to well, blog and vent. I totally get that. Blogging is one of the tools I used to stop emotional eating. But here is the difference I am seeing between my blogs and some of the ones I am reading, the difference that I see as a trigger for disaster. I may vent and work out my thoughts and emotions in my blog, but I am always trying to find the brighter side and how to turn it into a positive. To me, that's the point of getting out of the unhealthy habit cycle (bad thing=dwell=eat=repeat).

For instance, the last two weeks were H-E-double hockey sticks. I could have complained constantly about my semi-break up with my boyfriend, added in the fact that I was sued for inability to continue to a pay a bill after 2 mos. after not having steady work for the past year, moaned about my double digit paycheck for the month of May and the fact that the job I am working now won't pay me until June, and then proceeded to eat my way into oblivion, crying as I chew. (You've been there, you know what I'm talking about.) I COULD HAVE DONE THAT. Everyone can do that. The world beats me up all the time. It beats everyone up. We all have a choice. I choose to always end my thoughts, and my blogs, positively. So, as always, I challenged myself to think of three things that were good in life (since I had a hard time thinking about 3 good things of each individual situation), the three things that I was happy about. I even challenged myself to not make it about my size 6 jeans, because lets face it, that makes me really happy sometimes. lol

So what did I come up with? I have a roof over my head that I inherited when my father passed away, and thus is rent-free, I have a new church I enjoy after years of searching for one that "fit", and I have fantastic friends. Things will get better, and I don't ever need to fill the bad feeling with food or back slide in my healthy lifestyle.

There is every excuse in the world to give up on yourself. I have been given plenty throughout my life. I'm not saying it's always easy. It can be hard to adjust your attitude at first, but then it becomes second nature and you instantly spin things to a better direction. It's all up to you.

Now, I challenge you, Spark peeps. If the world beats you up, try to find 3 positives in the situation or just in your life and beat your gloomy attitude. Or maybe just try ending your blogs on an up note, or a positive plan of action, to change your outlook and possibly your future. We make the decision to be happy, even when we struggle. And I think happiness makes us thinner and healthier...I know it does me. =)
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    What a great post!!
    3277 days ago
  • LUCE85
    Hi there!
    Thank you for your honesty! It's so easy to always just fall into the negative and then to stuff your face with all the stuff you don't really REALLY want to eat.

    I'm a firm believer that we choose to be happy or unhappy. It's not easy (sometimes it can be nearly impossible) but you know the end of the day it's you that needs to be convinced.

    These past two days have been hard...I've let myself down...but reading your blog has made me forgive and forget and MOVE ON!

    Keep your head up high! Good things come to those that wait!
    3277 days ago
    Well said! I really appreciate this blog. My job is high stress in the mental health field so I hear a lot of negatives throughout each day. One of my problems is that I ate to relieve my job stress. I really like using Spark as a positive stress reliever rather than eating. So, I like to read positives.

    My three things: I am thankful to have a full-time job in the field I chose, I have a wonderful partner and I am taking this Thursday off from work so I can have a "play" day! I am going to buy new walking shoes-woohoo!
    3278 days ago
    Great outlook. You GOT this! You are absolutely right! Gloom and Doom doesn't get anyone, anywhere!

    emoticon Kelli
    3278 days ago
    Great! I've been doing this for the past several months, & it really does make a huge difference in how I respond to the world around me. I'm glad you reminded me - & others - about this, though. Thank-you. :)
    3279 days ago
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