There is one word that I hate more than anything....that dreaded "F" word:
No other word has the power to make someone feel just awful about themselves that this does. It brings out powerful feelings that can completely destroy self-esteem. It can ruin a day. It can be said by anyone, about yourself or about others. It is most hurtful coming from someone you love. When it gets said over and over, eventually it becomes a part of who you are and changes how you feel about yourself forever.
How can this be changed?
You must tell yourself otherwise! You must say I AM BEAUTIFUL! When that word creeps in, you must say NO! The way I deal with this word is to tell myself, "Okay, so maybe I am not happy with myself as I am, so let me CHANGE that!"
Here is how to deal with this word:
T: Take Action
Regardless of what you might think, you can change your feelings. It is not easy, by any means. But you must change how you feel about yourself, and how you see yourself, in order to make a difference. If you think negatively about yourself, it will show. You must think positively about yourself to change how you feel. You need to tell yourself that you are amazing and that you deserve to feel good about yourself, no matter what. If others are breaking you down, you must block out that message and reinforce a positive message about yourself. Any changes you make must be for YOU, and not for anyone else. If not, the changes won't last and will end up doing more harm than good. So, FEEL GREAT!
Changing your feelings will be a big step in changing your attitude. Having a positive and can-do attitude will go a long way. My attitude has to be: I CAN do something to change this, and I WILL! I set myself up for success. I get mentally prepared all day for going home and being psyched about working out. I get my attitude right so that I can be motivated and do what I need to do. I don't allow myself to make excuses or let anything get in the way of what I know I need to do. I'm doing it for myself, so I don't let myself mess that up.
Once you feel better and have the right attitude, DO IT! Get out there and make those positive changes in your life. For me, that's to get out and run. For you, that may be different. I want to lose weight and be healthy, so I'm going to be exercising and striving to eat right. What action are you going to take?
In order to create a better life for ourselves, we have to take a negative, the "F" word -- FAT, and make it a positive force in our lives, by changing our Feelings and Attitudes, and Taking Action.
How do you create that change in your life?
Until next time, Stay Fit!