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I’m Being Kinder to Myself

How do you feel about yourself?

I feel okay about myself. I have strengths and weaknesses, but overall, I am what I am.

How do you feel about your body?

Not so okay. I would like to change my body, but I've never stuck with any plan long enough to lose the 180 pounds that I would like to lose. Something has always gotten in my way (an injury, a pregnancy, depression). I get in my own way plenty, too.

I'm not willing to have surgery to lose weight.

But still, I would like to change my weight. I would like to change it very much.

If you could change something about yourself, what would it be?

My weight. Without a doubt, the one thing I'd most like to change about myself is my weight.

The above was part of an exercise that I completed in group therapy last week. In looking back over it, I have two thoughts. First, I need to stop beating myself up and just accept my weight for what it is, and second, I need to do something to change it.

I am morbidly obese. I don't like that fact. I don't like that term, first on my radar around age 8. I want to change it.

As much as I want to change my weight, I don't feel like I can climb that mountain right now – during intensive mental health treatment – but I am going to get started when this part of my treatment is finished.

Thanks to God's perfect timing, Jessica, author of Found the Marbles, started a crusade in July called Be Kinder to Your Body. She asked blog readers to commit to 11 of the following 15 items:

  1. Drink More Water
  2. Take Vitamins
  3. Shop Organic
  4. Get Enough Sleep
  5. Cut Out the Soda – In the interest of full disclosure, I still drink one Mountain Dew every morning. The neurologist who treats my narcolepsy suggested it to get me moving in the morning. Following a doctor's instructions doesn't count against me, right? But I will limit myself to that one can per day.
  6. Eat Fruits and Vegetables (especially those green vegetables)
  7. Get Regular Exercise
  8. Stop Eating Empty Calories
  9. Cut Out the Caffeine
  10. Give Up Artificial Sweeteners
  11. Give Up Fried Food and Unhealthy Fast-Food
  12. Give Up High Fructose Corn Syrup
  13. Give Up Alcohol
  14. Eat Correct Portion Sizes
  15. Eat Whole Grains
  16. Learn to Manage Bipolar Disorder – Obviously, this was not part of the original list, but it's part of my list.

The items in bold above are the ones I chose to commit to doing, and the italicized items are things I'm already doing.

The challenge began on July 8, and I have been following it as best as I could. I'm going to start focusing on one item at a time so that I can devote myself more fully to them.

For the next week, I am going to get enough sleep every night. I really need 8-9 hours of sleep each night, but I'm going to schedule 8 hours and make sure I get it.

It's going to be a challenge, but I'm going to do it.

What are you doing to be kinder to your body?

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13 thoughts on “I’m Being Kinder to Myself”

  1. I am a nazi about sleep. I have to have 8 hours – 7 at the least and 9 is even better. I can’t function if I stay up too late several nights in a row. I love going to bed between 9 and 10 and getting up at 5:30. When I’m on that schedule, I feel great. But it is hard to do, and when you’re as active in social media as we are, it’s really hard to go to bed when twitter and facebook are buzzing. But I think getting adequate sleep is one of the best things one can do to be kind to themselves. Thanks for sharing your journey with us. I’m praying for you as you continue to work on #16. ((hug))

  2. You are sincerely on the right track with your list. I’m the same way about sleep as JL – I need 8 hours but really 9 is best. And you won’t find me anywhere on the internet after 9 pm cst (or 10 at the latest) unless there is a giant storm coming our way and I’m watching it on radar. Sleep has healed a lot of health issues I’ve had along with changing my food choices. It’s tough but once you make up your mind to just do it, ain’t nothin’ stoppin ya! Praying for you!!

  3. This week I am working on getting more exercise. I had been walking a lot with a neighbor but starting this week I am working with weights again. No power lifting, just getting back into it before the walking starts to bore me. Good luck! I’m here if you need support.

    • Good for you! It’s impossible to do it all at once, but if we make small changes each week, they’ll add up! I’m drinking more Mountain Dew than normal right now, but one of the new meds is making me insanely sleepy. Aside from that, I’ve been doing really well at avoiding empty calories.

      Baby steps.

  4. The list looks pretty good but its missing the most important ingredient…ask God to make you crave healthy food. Then do your part by giving up any artificial food…untested genetically altered ingredients are made to fatten farm animals and encourage them to crave the fattening food. Breaking this hold will give you a fighting chance and allow Him to do his eork in you. Also, until you have a good start on your eating habits, avoid exercise. It will make you hungry and you will have a more difficult time controlling your appetite! Fighting the weight monster with you!

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  6. Okay, so I already told you that this week I’ve been dancing my butt off with Just Dance. I’ve always struggled with my weight, too. I wish you had the same game as me, so that we could keep each other accountable in the exercise department every day! Do you have wii fit?

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