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I found that if I expect perfection in exercise, nutrition, how much water I consume, or whatever my goal is I tend to blow the whole day if I slip up or make a wrong food choice. Expect that some days will be better than others and keep moving forward!
I have NO control over the tons of thoughts that pop in my head. I DO have control over which ones I "invite in to sit and stay a while". When the thoughts in my head are negative, I say "thanks for sharing" and turn my back on them: they are not my "friends" with whom I want to share mind time.
I do not phone, email, text, etc. family and people having a stressful time.
One thing I have learned here on Sparks is that I am WORTH it! No matter what anyone has told me or I heard someone say that was negative I always tell myself I AM WORTH IT! No matter what it takes I am going to get healthy. Tell yourself this everyday. Be Positive!
The magic 'pill' for me was getting involved with challenge teams. Being accountable to others on a daily basis, and being willing to interact and share made all the difference for me. Once I stopped being a loner, success followed success. There's nothing like a friendly competition!
We think if we do not say it out loud it does not matter. Who hears it anyway? YOU DO!!! Even in a joking manner this is still going to pull you down and enable you to continue to be negative. So if you are negative you are negative and positive you are positive, which are you?
My sister and I have a wall of positive quotes. When someone puts me down or rains on my parade, I go to the wall of positive quotes and start reading. I print my quotes from SparkPeople too! They have some great ones.