I keep seeing a new commercial from Dove and Walmart that makes me smile. It has different women singing about how their body parts aren't perfect - their hair makes them giggle, their eyes sit wide, and their ears hang low.
I think it's a smashing campaign. I know that when I look in the mirror, I see what I perceive as my faults far more than I notice the parts I like. This song reinforces that none of us are perfect, and we're all beautiful in our own ways. It's made me think about the parts of me that I do like.
For example, I love my eyes. Someone once told me they light up a room. They are hazel with a dark ring around them. I think they're just marvelous.
I also have a couple of dimples in my cheeks just waiting for the chance to pop out. That will come in time.
As I grow older, I notice tiny little wrinkles developing near my eyes and at the corners of my mouth. I am in love with those though - they have developed from laughing and crinkling my eyes when I smile.
There's much that I hope will look better once I lose all the weight, and I still criticize myself enough. This commercial does make me want to focus more on the positive, so it works!
Beck Day 4 is about giving yourself credit. As the book points out, many people losing weight tend to be very critical of their mistakes. If I don't exercise a day or eat a bit too much, I start scolding myself inside. Instead, I need to work on giving myself credit for everything I do right during the day.
Today, I ate off the "lighter" menu at Panda Express, even though I really wanted dishes like Kung Pao chicken and the Orange chicken. I got some exercise by helping a friend move, and even got a bunch of free 5k race entries in the process. I set up another batch of apples in the dehydrator so I can have a sweet snack. I'm writing this blog post right now.
It's not going to be easy to do this at all. The more I recognize the good I do, though, the easier it will be to continue to progress.
Beck Day 5 is about eating slowly and mindfully. They say it takes about 20 minutes before your brain can recognize that your stomach is full. If you just plow through your food, though, you can eat far more than you need.
I don't have quite as much of a problem with this, as I naturally tend to be a slow eater. I have a tiny mouth, so it helps in that regard.
Still, I can follow the admonition to actually think about what I eat and make sure I am savoring it, not just chowing down. I have to be especially careful right now, since I dropped my calories down to 1350 for now. It will take a few days as I adjust to how much I can eat, and I've been a bit hungry. Drinking water helps, though.
Here's the commercial - enjoy!