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I am in Power!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The other day I read this from a daily emailed newsletter I subscribe to that is sent out from Jonathan Roche founder of the No Excuses Workout. Part of what he wrote:

“Just because someone was rude enough to talk you down when you were younger does not mean they deserve to keep robbing you of your happiness.

Don't let the rude comments from a coach, teacher, parent or anyone else from your youth rob you of today and tomorrow's victories!

When you let hurtful prior experiences hold you back you are giving away power. Power that is yours!” ***

I often think of past experiences and they can, a lot of times, dictate how my day goes. I still think back at the times in elementary school being the last one picked for things because I was fat. I remember being excluded from things in junior high and even high school as I was not one of the “in crowd.” I remember a time in a high school history class, a teacher showing slides of artwork from the particular time period we were studying where women in the pictures were “robust”, and one of the guys in my class saying… “oh Jeannie you could have been a model back then.” Hurtful…

I remember my grandparents used to come every other week, when I was growing up, to have Sunday dinner with us. My siblings and I used to take bets on who would my grandfather would say to first “Geez you’re fat.” Hurtful….

There were many more things and I still get flashbacks of them. I played sports (VARSITY FIRST string even), I was active in groups in side and out side of school, I had close friends but I never was in the popular crowd. Why? Because I was heavier then they (and looking back not much more than they were). Hurtful….

Jonathan Roche hits it on the nail though. Why do these thoughts from so many, many years ago still hold power?? Why do I let them control me the way they do? I still feel the stab of pain thinking about them as if someone just said or did those things to me. And I still want to cry. Hurtful….

But today this needs to stop. I do need to take back the power. These people are not in my life anymore and have NO power over me. I am now surrounded by people who I love and who love me…..for who I am….now. The past is over, gonzo, and although it has helped shape the person I am, it has no control or power over me right now. I have power over me and today the PAST feelings stop! I AM IN POWER!

Thank you Jonathan for reminding me.

***full text can be read in noexcusesworkouts.com/communit
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    emoticon , Jeannie.

    When we reach the section on overcoming emotional eating in our Beck study, I would like us to explore in depth the issues you raise here--the pain we carry from our childhood and what we allow it to do to us now.

    Wonderful job.
    1846 days ago
    What a great blog! You are so right, those people have NO power over you anymore. They need to get out of your head right now.
    1847 days ago
    Jeannie, you are such a emoticon , intelligent, confident person!!! People can be so hurtful!!!! Take that power that's within you and sail those seas today!!! I love reading your blogs!!! And glad I've met you on our journeys!!!! emoticon
    1847 days ago
  • 35ANGELS
    emoticon so very true. I often think back on being bullied. I have to let it go too . emoticon
    1847 days ago
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