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What is Normal?

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

I started to post this blog entry a few months ago but was having problems with SP and was unable to do it. I saved it in my documents and forgot about it. Today one of our team leaders made a post that made me think of it again.

What is Normal?

I read a friends blog a few weeks ago and the word normal was used several times. She longed for normal sized clothes, to be a normal size, etc. It made me wonder, am I abnormal? I have never thought of myself in those terms. I am over weight and wear plus sized clothes. I just have never thought of myself as abnormal. Thinking of myself that way seems negative.

Another word that I have seen a lot in posts is cheating. Someone cheated on their diet or allowed themselves a cheat day. That word seems negative to me too. I prefer to think that I allow myself a free day or treats from time to time. That may be a meal or a dessert. Sometimes I get off track too but I hope that I am able to continue getting back on track. Every day is a clean slate. To me thinking of cheating brings to mind feeling guilty. I think if I felt guilty every time I got off track I would soon give up.

Just some things I have thought about as I have read posts and blogs here. I'm not saying anyone's views are wrong. That is just how those words make me feel.

Hope everyone is having a great week!
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  • SISSIE21
    I believe that the way we talk to ourselves (and to others) is very powerful. Words have the power to uplift and heal or the power to destroy. I am trying to learn to talk to myself in a more loving kind way. I do it to others but put myself down especially concerning my weight.
    I too use the word normal and what I mean is to be able to go out in the world and fit in chairs, booths, rides, airplane seats, buy pants at a regular store. Things people who have never had a weight issue take for granted. As each of these things are slowly coming back to me, I am so, so grateful.
    I am unbelievably grateful for the weight I have lost so far and for my spark friends such as yourself who have supported me. It is you guys that are truly making this possible. I could never do this on my own. Always in my mind are my spark friends.. We walk this journey together. emoticon emoticon
    1853 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/25/2013 12:13:46 AM
    Thank you for your blog. Everyone views themselves differently and I believe that we can make good choices for ourselves and if we are not happy with how we feel or look than it's time to make some changes.
    1855 days ago
    You're giving us a lot to think about...the meanings of words and when they are used. Interesting topic!

    But for the word "abnormal," in the world we live in, there are way too many people who have high BMIs for them to be considered abnormal. It seems being overweight IS the norm. Or what is all this talk about the "obesity epidemic"? Many, many people are not living healthy lives, but they are in the range of normal.

    DeAnne, Missourians Team
    1855 days ago
    Words are powerful, but I have also found not everyone has the same reaction to the same word. If everyone really put their brain in gear before they opened their mouth to vocalize, the words would probably be different. I have gotten to the point everything is relative, what I thought was normal once changes. Your blog is thought provoking.
    1855 days ago
    I agree with you 100% Martha. In addition to the words "normal" and "cheating", I also have a hard time with good and bad foods, or "I have been bad". Of course I know that there are many types of food that keep us healthy and strong, and equally as many that do the opposite, but I really don't think it is necessary to label food as good or bad. And I have an especially hard time when people talk about having been bad after they have had an ice cream cone or some other type of "bad" food.
    Oh well, you see you touched on a sensitive topic for me!
    1855 days ago
    Very thought provoking!! I enjoyed your blog!!!
    1855 days ago
    Words are very powerful tools. They carry meaining and intention and hopes.
    1855 days ago
    I agree, Martha. Eating healthy and exercising is a way of life. Thank you.

    1856 days ago
    Very good questions Martha, and if one is working on improving their attitude word choices might be a good thing to look at. I don't think I'm a negative person-for the most part, but I know that sometimes when I read what I wrote I sense negativity.
    So, maybe we should look at our word choices and we could improve our outlook on life at the same time.
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    PS. I don't consider myself either normal or abnormal...
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    1856 days ago
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