Ellen over at Fat Girl Wearing Thin has issued a challenge, not on losing the most weight in the month of January, but to use the next month to help change the habit of negative self-talk. Instead of a resolution to diet, exercise, or changing physical things (and we know how long those resolutions last), this is a challenge to rethink the inside part.
I do find that I belittle myself and beat myself up using negative words like lazy, stupid, inadequate. They’re not as awful as they were two years ago, but they’re still there. So I was pleased to learn about Ellen’s challenge: “January will be the month that I set in motion a healthy habit to rid my vocabulary of words that aim to destroy my self-esteem.” How cool is that? From Ellen’s blog:
Rules: There is only one rule: At least once a day you must attempt to use one or more of these words in your vocabulary about yourself – and mean it: strong, courageous, beautiful/handsome, better, unique, remarkable, confident, conditioned, fascinating, pleasing. I encourage you to say the words out loud. Listen to how they sound as they are defining you!
Extra credit: mind-blowing, wicked-hot, awe-inspiring, sexy, sensational.
Off Limits: Words you can not use: failure, undeserving, incompetent, lazy, no-good, fat, unattractive, sloppy, defeated, unworthy.
One Final Thought: It’s OK to be angry. It’s OK to have off-days; just don’t let those feelings consume you. Pick yourself up, dust yourself off and never, ever let your weight define you.
I printed out the rules for home and work and will report on my progress.