Boy, it is so easy to criticize myself for the choices I make. Yet I find when I am kind to myself, making the best choice comes easier.
This is an area I have really been working on over the last few months. Becoming aware of my own harsh thoughts and judgments is just not helpful in loving myself. It has become so important to change the direction of these thoughts, forgive myself and look for a positive way to acknowledge my efforts. This learning has been HUGE for me over the last few months. I find when I cut myself a little slack, but continue to be responsible, I am a much kinder person, mother, co-worker, friend, coach.
I loved today’s challenge of writing down five encouraging phrases, sayings or quotes and using them for motivation. Being a former Weight Watchers leader, I kept several encouraging quotes in my mind and often used one to close my meetings.
Lately, as I’ve shared in a previous post, the mantra that keeps me focused on making healthy choices as I prepare for a meal (or bite-by-bite on tough days) is pausing and thinking “Will this bite take me closer to my goals, or further away?”
9 times out of 10, this simple thought slows me down, keeps me in control, and guides me to my choice. For example, before I reach for another piece of pizza, I pause and ask myself “will this piece of pizza take me closer to my goal, or further away?”. Powerful! Effective! And an opportunity to praise myself for a choice well done.
Another classic mantra? “Nothing tastes as good as healthy feels.”