I’ve seen this “list” on my calorizing site, MyFitnessPal on several different occasions. It kept pulling me in and I’ve decided I’m going to bite the bullet (why in the frim fram sauce would anyone bite a bullet on purpose!? Unless they star on that Weird Cravings show on TLC) and attempt to do it. Obviously, I didn’t start it on the correct date seeing as today is the 10th of November. But, I think I can double up some of the days and catch up in no time. If anyone else wants to take the challenge with me, either use my comments below to answer the question or post the link to your blog where you answered it. FUNNNNNNN!!!! Or if not fun, at least self discovering and a step in the right healthy lifestyle direction.
Write one thing you love about yourself that you didn’t before.
Start me out with the hardest question of the bunch why don’t you. Whatever happened to easing into the pot of magical witch brew!? I feel like I’m scalding myself. I can’t say I’ve ever thought about things I love about myself, mostly because I never felt like there was anything about me to love. I was a big ole fat failure, counting down the days until I didn’t have to think about it anymore… because a dead person doesn’t have to think… do they? I merely existed, going through the motions of life just because I had to… certainly not because I wanted to… and I lost years of my life living like that stuck in that pathetic little world of self-hatred and depression so thick I could cut it with a knife. Those years bring up dark memories. I don’t like to think about them and yet I need to… it’s all part of the healing process because this isn’t about losing weight in the sense that I’m becoming a smaller human… it’s about shedding all of the baggage that got me to the point of weighing 530 pounds in the first place. That baggage will always be with me… always… I just have to learn how to manage it so that it doesn’t take control of me like it once did.
So, what do I love about myself now that I didn’t before? My persistence. I could have given up long ago. There were numerous times when I was tempted just to say to heck with it, this is how it’s going to be, but deep down I somehow knew that wasn’t what I wanted, so I’d doggedly get back up and try again… and fail again… until one day it clicked and it actually registered in my head space that this was not some temporary thing but a lifelong process. I wake up in the morning faced with choices… if I choose the wrong thing this day, I can wake up tomorrow and try to choose better. When you think about it, it’s not all that hard of a concept, and yet it’s the hardest thing I have EVER done in my entire life.
Question of the Day: What’s one thing you love about yourself that you didn’t before?
If anyone else is participating in the List of FUNNNNN… I’m posting the whole list here for reference of what’s going to be coming up in the coming days so you can prepare, all the way to December 31st, 2011!
The Master List
Write one thing you love about yourself that you didn’t before.
Sit down and truly enjoy a home cooked meal. Identify the flavors you love the most.
Take a slow walk and appreciate the capabilities of your body.
Eat something you don’t usually consume.
Look at yourself naked in the mirror and name five things you like.
Drink a glass of cold water and stay completely still to feel how it travels through your body.
Make a grocery list comprising of 50% new foods.
Find a recipe of a food that you love but is bad for you and find a way to make it healthy.
Try an exercise that you didn’t think you could do.
Make a list of workouts that you would like to try.
List reasons why you want to lose weight. Do not include reasons that pertain to other people and what they want. What exactly do you want?
Ask someone you know about the kind of foods that they eat.
Plan your food diary a week in advance and try to stick with it.
Have a day to eat what you feel like without feeling guilty.
Make a small motivational poster of pictures and quotes that you like. It can be as small or big as you like.
Look up recipes that you might not like and try one anyway. You might be surprised.
Take a full body picture of yourself and see the progress you’ve made.
Do one thing for yourself that you don’t normally do (manicure, a glass of wine, etc.)
Make a list of things that have changed in your life since losing weight.
Name the people who have influenced you the most since losing weight.
Write a letter to yourself in the future.
Write a letter to yourself in the past.
Write a letter to yourself of today.
Make two lists: one of things you can change and another of things you can’t (this can be with weight, money, work, etc.)
For the list of things that you can change, write beneath each item what steps you can take to make that change.
For the list of things you can’t change, acknowledge why you can’t change them and accept why.
Stay up late and dance in your underwear while listening to your favorite songs.
Make up a name for your alter-ego… you know, the one with all the confidence.
Write a letter to someone who has been there for you everyday, and let them know how much you appreciate them.
Compliment yourself… and don’t be shy about it.
Look in the mirror and fall in love with ever feature you see.
Name reasons why you’re awesome.
Name things that you can improve and how you can improve them.
Treat yourself to a bath or long shower.
Take a photo of something that inspires you.
List reasons why you can lose weight.
List reasons why you thought you could never lose weight.
Talk to yourself for five minutes in front of a mirror about how awesome you are.
Hug yourself in public. Seriously.
Before you go to sleep, tell yourself one thing you’re going to do tomorrow that you will benefit from.
If you’re exercising today, do whatever you’re doing for five minutes longer.
Take the stairs every chance you get.
Park as far away as possible from where you work or are shopping. No car? Take the long way around.
Name the title of your memoir.
Make a list of all of the foods you would binge on.
Come up with a recipe that is entirely your own.
Announce publicly how much your love yourself.
When working out, imagine future you rooting you on.
Make your own motivational picture with a caption underneath. It’ll be fun, I promise.
When you weigh yourself, declare that the number doesn’t mean shit.
Name one fatal flaw you have.
Research new snacks to try. I tend to always get tired of the snacks I have.
Make a list of how losing weight has changed your life.
After waking up in the morning, do a morning stretch.
Go for a walk outside. Yes, on Christmas Day.
Share with someone (or the world) a guilty pleasure of yours.
Identify five awesome things about you.
Make a list of your quirks and weird habits.
Do one thing today that scares you.
Dress up… just because.
Make a list of things that you love about yourself and always will.