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Thursday, January 13, 2011
What's In The Mirror?
I woke up feeling different today. It started with my new morning wakeup routine (stretching in bed) and followed me through picking out my clothes and accessories. I think I knew right then that something good was happening today, because I normally just grab any clean clothes and possibly a pair of earrings and call it a day. Today I spent time thinking about what I wanted to wear and how I was going to accessorize. I actually smiled and thought, "oooooo I'm accessorizing today!" I applied makeup. I don't mean "I slapped some lip gloss on." I mean, I carefully spent 5 minutes doing it well. And I felt cute all day. Yes. I said it. I felt cute. You know, nothing's really changed on the outside yet, so why I felt cute today and not a month ago is worth talking about. I know why and it's not magic! It's repeatable! It's those Next Right Choices I keep making! When I am not taking care of myself, not eating well, not exercising, not performing to potential at work, not keeping my house up.....when any of those things start falling away I start a downward trend into not feeling very good about myself. And that in turn results in projecting that negative self image outward. It's a very real pattern. And once one area goes (like say, eating), it does trickle into the next area (keeping the house clean) and then next (my parenting skills) and the next (depression) and the next (my job.)
When I AM taking care of myself, am eating well, am exercising, am performing to potential at work, am keeping my house up....when those things are in place (by just making one next right choice after the other, one at a time, until they build up to a lot of good stuff), I maintain a positive attitude and THAT gets projected to the outside where even *I* can see it in the mirror!
I have lots of ideas/opinions/tips/tricks about baby steps, making small next right choices, etc. and will delve into my recent history to share some of what I've learned. But I'll save that for another blog on another day. For now, I'm going to take myself to bed early because that's a really good next right choice for today!
And that seems to be really working for me right now!!!