Sunday, May 24, 2009

Guest Post from Bernie at Yo- Yo No More

Let me introduce you to Bernie a wonderful person from down under who is on the road to feeling healthy and good about life, I found her blog one day and adored the concept of writing 5 things you are proud of each day, lets all give it a try....

check her blog below and her post, its inspiring, you will love reading it

5 Things I'm Proud Of

It sounds totally dorky, but being proud of myself has changed the way I see myself and my life.

Like many other people who struggle with their weight I also struggle with a little voice inside my head that tells me I’m not good enough, don’t deserve the life I dream of and basically can’t do it.

Over the years of failed dieting and yo-yoing out of control this voice got louder and louder, until some days it was all I could hear. That’s when I decided I’d try the positive thinking mumbo jumbo I was so jaded about. I’d read a few books, heard the catch phrases of all the motivational speakers, but none of it really resonated with me. So I made up my own positive thinking exercise.

It started with me thinking of 5 things everyday. I found it really hard at first I would often sit there staring at the wall with nothing coming to mind. I persevered, determined to make a change, and soon enough it all started to flow a bit easier.

The thing about this simple exercise is that it helped immensely in quietening that little voice inside my head and also got me looking at the positives in my life. The 5 things I chose didn’t have to be all about dieting and healthy living, I started to be proud that I cleaned the house, walked the dogs, that I went to bed early.

It had a flow on effect I didn’t anticipate. I found I was seeking out activities in my day that I knew I would be proud of and soon I realised I’d become one of ‘those’ people, you know the ones, happy, positive, unburdened.

Doing this, letting myself be proud of all the little things, has been a revolution in my life. I feel as though I’m kinder to myself and others, more patient, less expectant.

As far as the dieting goes, I’ve stopped. I’m taking each day as it comes, some days are not so great, other days I really feel like I’ve found my groove, but the most important thing is I’ve learned to recognise my achievements no matter how big or small, be kind to myself and let myself enjoy this life I’m living, today.

What about you? Got any positive thinking tricks up your sleeve? Any tactics to silence that little, yet loud, voice in your head? See you in the comments :)

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