Have you started making your New Year’s resolutions yet? Mine are usually the same, and it always includes “Lose five pounds”. It’s great to be healthy and want to be in shape, and most of us have this as our goal. Most of us (usually women) also beat ourselves up about the shape we are in now. We say things about ourselves, often out loud to others, that we would never in a million years say to someone else, because it’s so rude. So why do we talk to ourselves this way?
“I look so fat in this”
“I only look ok from here up”
“I have a muffin top”
“I hate my legs”
Twitter feeds show comments from women bashing themselves with hashtags like #cow and #fatty. If it helped to focus on the negative, if it changed anything, maybe there be a point to it. But it doesn’t. Fat Talk doesn’t do anything but bring us down, hurt us, and it may even prevent us from wholeheartedly embracing a lifestyle that would lead to better weight management, because we feel hopeless and despair after being torn down by our own Fat Talk and poor self image.
People tend to respond well to positive reinforcement and goal setting. It’s only when doubt and negativity set in that we falter, so because it’s important to be healthy and in the best shape for our individual selves, we need to focus on the positive. Compliments do work in motivation and encouraging us to be our best selves, and there is no reason we need to wait for anyone else to point out what is great about us. We can do it too.
So maybe a better goal for New Year’s 2014 would be: “Always focus on the positive, and point out one good thing about ourselves each day. And no more Fat Talk!”
To help women with their weight management journey this New Year, Special K offers a variety of delicious food options and is inviting them to participate in the Special K Challenge, an easy, effective way for women to kick-start their weight-management plan in 2014. For more information about the Special K Challenge, visit www.SpecialK.com.