Body Kindness Challenge - Catch up!

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Day Four: Get Ready on the Inside

"How much time do you spend getting ready each day? Today use the same amount of time to get ready on the inside. Meditate, write in your journal, or perform an act of service."

This was completed on Sunday and I was teaching a young kids sunday school lesson as a substitute (ages about... 8) I got dressed and ready quick as a flash, and then spent a good amount of time spiritually preparing and studying the lesson I was supposed to cover during class. I didn't even put on any makeup - but I did feel great.

Day Five - Tune out the Media - no TV, movies, magazines, and internet surfing.

uhhhh I didn't do this. I'm not going to derail the challenge for it, but I will have to plan a day for this in the future. I'll still do it! But I didn't do this on day 5.

Day Six - Self-Talk

"Pay attention to your thoughts today. Ask yourself, how do my thoughts make me feel? Is what I'm thinking really true? Practice challenging your negative thoughts and replacing them with more truthful ones."

Oog. I had a rough day yesterday with negative thoughts. I had to work really hard to be truthful with myself and not just get down in the dumps. I spent a good hour crying talking about something tender with a friend - it was needed, the emotional gutting wasn't. I took myself there with negative thoughts. I'm usually SUPER great at positivity, but this was overwhelming me, and I got overwhelmed. And then I got better. :) Same with another thing - I started a job recently that turned out to be different than expected. I tried to stick through training to be sure if I might like it ok after all, but I decided to cut their losses and go ahead and quit. I HATE being a quitter. Oof. I feel like I should've known - but not wanting to be a quitter is a horrible reason for staying in a situation that is not beneficial. After letting go, I felt so much better.

TODAY'S CHALLENGE - Body Kindness.

"Be kind to your body. Refrain from talk about weight or shape of self and others. Be aware of how often you compare yourself to others, and evaluate how this makes you feel.

WHY: The obsession with weight, shape and appearance continues among women partially because we encourage it in each other. We have made it unacceptable for a woman to be at peace with her body. Refraining from speaking about weight and shape -- positively or negatively -- allows us to focus on a person's real value and worth. Your body is the vehicle that will carry you to your dreams -- treat it with kindness and love. We must cherish our bodies as God-given gifts.

Journal prompt - How difficult was it to avoid fat talk?

I will come back for more thoughts on this later I think - but I already talked about my weight today (in a positive way) to some people. I'm finding a lot of positive physical results from my new elimination diet and it's hard not to be caught up in the process. The real importance of this to me is to become healthier, to feel stronger and more like myself again. Not the number on the scale - although that is something that will move as I feel more and more "normal" again, it's not the goal. I read a part of the original 10 day challenge and it was to give 10 compliments to others that are NOT based on appearance. That seemed like a hard challenge! I am going to be mindful of this stuff tonight as I go to my Young Women activity so I will be speaking and thinking in a mindful way about our true worth as individuals.
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    I love this, Dana! It's true.... Sadly, our society is very caught up in physical beauty and physical posessions!

    Thanks for sharing this and reminding us to see the beauty in ourselves that goes deeper then our skin! emoticon
    2292 days ago
  • MJ7DM33
    Thx for sharing!
    2292 days ago
    I love this!!! Such great things to think about! I have to admit... much to Larry's disappointment, I spend about 5 minutes getting ready every day! :D

    Also, regarding "quitting" - sometimes it's in your best interests to put yourself first and that is not quitting. If you are miserable and you can do something about it, you should!

    Have an awesome day!
    2292 days ago
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