Hi Friends :)
Can you handle one more post on living "Fat Talk Free"?
As you know, for the past few days I've shared my very real struggle with body image stuff. It's something I don't talk about very often (too hurtful) ~ but since it's "Fat Talk Free Week", I feel like just getting in all out there. Please bear with me :)
This week, I revisited Reflections Body Image Program, and the amazing work they are doing creating Fat Talk Free programs around the world.
I committed to living "Fat Talk Free", and hope that you will too. (If you've not watched the 3 minute Fat Talk Free video, please check it out here).
Perhaps you're thinking....oh that sounds nice, Cindy ~ but in practical terms ~ what does it mean for my life today???
Here's what I'm suggesting by committing to live Fat Talk Free ~
* Compliment your friends, co-workers and family members on qualities they possess that are not based on physical attributes.
I made up my own game I call "I Spy FRUIT". When I am with my friends, family members, even at the grocery store ~ I try to find and affirm the fruit of the spirit I see demonstrated in the people I am with... For example~
"I noticed you were so PATIENT with your son this morning...."
"Wow, Manda, that was a very KIND thing to do..."
"Thanks for coming over today. Your JOY is contagious"....
I'll be honest, I have to be intentional in doing this...I so easily want to say, "wow, you're so tan, etc.." ~ but Lord willing, I will grow in this area!!
* Model “fat talk free” behaviors for everyone in your life. Be conscious of your actions, comments and behaviors.
A friend of mine (size 2) often comments about her "muffin top" and/or how fat she is. Really??
I know she doesn't mean to, but I often leave our conversations feeling horrible about myself. If she has a muffin top, I must have 6. If she thinks she is fat, what must she think about me??
Let's be conscious of how our words about ourselves can impact those around us.
* Never reinforce someone’s weight loss by saying, “You look great, have you lost weight?”
I have many real stories on this one.
For example, in 2004, I had baby # 4. (I also had a baby in 2001 and 2003). Here is a picture of our young family that year ~ (yes, we had our hands full, literally! Their ages are 6 months, 1, 2, and 10)
Soon after this picture, I decided it was time to lose the baby weight. I went to Weight Watchers and took losing weight very seriously (it became like a full time job).
I lost 25 pounds.
Right after losing the weight, I ran into a neighbor. She said, "Wow, Cindy. You look great. You've lost a TON of weight!!"
Really?? A ton?? Are you saying I weighed a TON before??
Thankfully we've moved to a new neighborhood, because I've since put the 25 pounds back on. Does that mean I am back to weighing a TON?? If I see her at Target or something, what will she say? What will she think??
I cannot allow these thoughts to take up space and play in my head any more!
Can anyone relate??
As we live Fat Talk Free, let's...
* Appreciate all that our body does for us. Take extra special care of it!
There is an awesome declaration that you can read and sign here as a reminder to...
Accept your body in its natural shape and size.
Celebrate all that your body can do for you each day.
Treat your body with respect, giving it enough rest, fueling it with a variety of foods, exercising it moderately, and listening to what it needs....and more!
And lastly, as we live "Fat Talk Free", let's commit to speaking TRUTHFULLY and KINDLY to ourselves!
I think we could all learn a lesson from this little girl....
The official "Fat Talk Free" week is this week, but I'm declaring my life to be Fat Talk Free, Lord willing, all the days of my life!!
Anyone with me??
THANK YOU so much for stopping by *She Sparkles*!! May your day be filled with much Truth, kindness, joy, and FREEDOM!!
Blessings to you~
P.S. For more Works for Me Wednesday tips, head on over to visit Kristen at We are that Family. You'll be so glad you did!