The beginning of the year approaches and with it will be numerous 'weight loss challenges.' I saw this challenge on another blogger site and think it is pure genuis!
Lose the hate - love yourself.
Such an awesome idea and I'm going to participate with it, hoping that by the end of the month the habit of losing the hate becomes more of a habit
From the "Fat Girl Wearing Thin" site
(Check link to the right ------> for more info!)
Positive Reinforcement Sheet:
During the month of January, 2012, I am vowing to make a resolution to have pride in myself, no matter what size I am- each and every day. 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. By the end of January I hope to have set a permanent habit into motion as I continue to feel better about my value, importance, and place in this world.
Rules: At least once a day I must attempt to use one or more of these words in my vocabulary about myself:
strong, courageous, beautiful/handsome, creative, kind, better, unique, remarkable, open-minded, intelligent, confident, conditioned, fascinating, pleasing. I will say the words out loud. I will listen to how they sound as they are defining me!
Off Limits: Words I will try to refrain from using: failure, undeserving, incompetent, lazy, no-good, fat, unattractive, stupid, sloppy, defeated, unworthy.
One Final Consideration: It’s OK to be angry. It’s OK to have off-days, but I won’t let negative thoughts consume me. I will pick myself up, dust myself off and make an effort to never, ever let destructive words define who I am.
There will be a permanent copy of this sheet along with all of the other information you need on the Hate-Loss Challenge tab at the top of my blog.
2. Weekly Topic List:
In addition, I will have a specific topic prepared for each Thursday update. I will post that week’s topic every Monday morning. This will give you a chance to think about and write your post for Group Therapy Thursday.
3. Group Therapy Thursday
This is a virtual meeting place to come together and work through our concerns, feelings, frustrations or breakthroughs that we’re experiencing during the challenge. It’s also where we can support each other and offer advice. All participants will post about their progress on Group Therapy Thursdays. You may write about the challenge on your blog as often as you’d like; just remember that everyone will meet back here at Fat Girl Wearing Thin every Thursday where you will do one of two things:
If you run a blog: share with your readers about your involvement in the Challenge. Post about your interaction with the Positive Reinforcement Sheet as well as that week’s topic. You will then visit my blog and leave a comment with a link back to your progress post so that other participants can read, visit, and connect with you on your blog.
If you do not run a blog: Simply submit a progress report in the comment section of my blog each Thursday.
The official start of the challenge is January 1st, 2012 and will run until January 31st, 2012.
At some point before January, create your own Reinforcement Sheet or print out a copy of the one I’ve created and keep it in a place where you will see it every day: on your bathroom mirror, in your car, in your purse, in your gym bag, on your nightstand. These are the words you will use to describe yourself for the month. When you say the words, I strongly encourage you to say them out loud. It is important to hear the positive words being used to describe you, and it validates the word(s) you are saying. This is not an easy exercise. You may feel self-conscious, foolish or ridiculous at first, but it’s important to keep saying them. Who better to shower you with praise than you? Eventually these words will become easier to say and negative thought patterns will hopefully begin to soften, making you more aware of the many exceptional things that define you.