The Monday Project this week at the Sisterhood was to give up something for a week. To make a sacrifice. I had already given up diet coke and Bacardi for lent which by the way is going very well. So, I had to think hard about this. I thought about jelly beans. I really love jelly beans, but I only really eat them the month before Easter, so no on the jelly beans. I thought about giving up exercising, but I don't think that would fly with the Weight Loss Warriors. We were in second place again this week. We won't make it to first place if I quit exercising. I thought about shopping, but I had to go get two birthday gifts and a secret pal gift, so that wouldn't work either. I thought and I thought and I finally came up with it........I gave up negativity.
I'm not a negative person by nature. I think I'm actually pretty positive, but we all have that negative vibe that creeps up on us when we aren't looking (or thinking). I can be negative with myself when it comes to exercise and eating right and looks and self esteem. None of these are my strong suit, but I'm working on it. Every time I would start to think something negative about any of these things I'd stop and redirect my thoughts to something positive. You know like "God, you look like crap" would turn into "You could look pretty decent if you showered and fixed your hair and make up". If you don't know me well, you probably don't know that I can speak way faster than I can think. I am accused often of this. My husband calls it being negative, but I just call it being me and not thinking fast enough. Like last night, we went out for dinner. We had a nice time and when we walked out to the parking lot, my husband had parked the car a little cockeyed in the space. Normally, I would have said something about it and he would have been ticked. In my defense, I would have said something to make a joke about it and he would have taken it seriously. Last night, I just got in the car and didn't even mention it.
So, this week I took a stab at giving up the negative and focusing on the positive and I liked it. I think this could be something that I continue to work on. I know my husband would love it if I did. Who knows, I might love it if I did.