Instead of the Easy Button, I need a Mental Switch.
A mental switch for what you may ask?
Here's the situation that made me want to create such a device.
I was looking at recent race photos and just feeling blah. Yes I know race photos aren't always the most flattering photos and it doesn't help that it was about 7 degrees the day of the race so I was layered up enough to look like the marshmallow man.
But, I digress...
I was just feeling uninspired looking at the photos. Of course my first thoughts were: your thighs look huge, how many chins can one person have, etc. Now I know to immediately counter those with a positive. Which I was, hell yeah you rocked that 20-mile run, you were out there in 7 degree weather, you posted a sub 9 min/mile pace the entire time, etc. Oh and had fun!
But, I still couldn't shake the initial thoughts.
I am always my own worst critic - as many folks are. I try the self-love. I am working on it - truly.
So I was having these thoughts and texting with a friend - a fellow Weight Watchers Lifetime member/runner/triathlete - and I was lamenting the thoughts I was having.
"Right there with you the negative thoughts but a little bit of something for you. I was looking at some of your recent pictures lately and I wished to myself that I was as skinny as you."
Reading those words: 1) shocked me because this friend is one of my Rock Star idols and 2) that she would see me in that light.
It made me ask:
WHY can't I have a mental switch that allows my brain to see a picture of me or situation I am in and only let me see it through a friend's eyes?
Now, I know it is a mental exercise I am working on, but in the meantime I would really like to just have a switch where it happens instantaneously.
Can anyone relate?
PS. Copyright this idea Dani Holmes-Kirk 2014. <<Just need to cover my bases>> ;)