What a day at the office. Hectic is an understatement! I missed my mid-morning snack. I really didn't think of it. Attempted to drink more water but with weigh-in at TOPS tonight I didn't want to add water weight. 8 glasses per day for the rest of the week shouldn't be a problem.
Had a great TOPS meeting tonight. We all have "vision folders". They are decorated on the outside with our own personal motivation, be it a photo depicting our happiest time in life (a thinner time for me), what inspires us (family, friends, facing health risks), etc. On the inside we can put articles we have collected, personal notes, etc....anything inspiring. Then when there's a down moment we have something to look back and reflect on.
Being Assistant Weight Recorder, I offered up a challenge to all members at weigh-in. No more negative comments like "I know I'm up". I asked each person to come in and tell me one thing they like about themselves. Surprisingly it was difficult for most. Some wished to avoid the question altogether, but I persisted.
This coming week we are all to take a container and every time we have a negative thought about ourselves we have to put a penny in the container. As our leader said "if you wouldn't say it to anyone else, why should you say it to yourself?". This is so true.
I took it one step further. I am making a jar filled with positive affirmations. When each member comes to weigh-in, I will ask for their bag of pennies in exchange for drawing a positive affirmation out of my container. They have to read it when they are feeling low, and should keep it with them. I think of it like this...if you have something bad to say, write it down then throw it away (like a letter to someone who really made you angry...you write your thoughts down to get it out, throw it away and move on....mind you I'd be shredding it, lol).
The act of exchanging the pennies, representing negative thoughts, for positive affirmations will start each person on a new road to recovery. You have to learn to love yourself before you can help yourself. So no more negative self-talk, no more excuses, just do it!
And the bonus is, I've helped feel better about themselves, and any money I collect will be donated to charity. I hope to continue this for the next month.
I hope everyone has a great week, stays focused and have fun playing along.