Happy Thursday! I thought today would be a great day to think out loud about a few things I’m working on in 2017.
As I was working on my word for 2017, some of these thoughts popped up, and I thought it would be best to include them in their very own post, and today seemed like the perfect day for it.
Without further ado, here’s what I plan to give up in 2017.
Feeling badly about my body
For as long as I can remember, anything I put into my mouth has been classified as “good” or “bad”. I’m a big believer that food should not be judged as being good or bad since it’s required to live, yet there was this voice in the back of my head criticizing everything I ate.
I’m not exactly what changed, but somewhere along the line, I noticed I stopped doing it.
Then I stopped having negative thoughts whenever I looked at myself in the mirror. Yes, I used to be smaller. I’m currently not. My size does not relate to my value as a person, how healthy/fit I am, and what I’m able to accomplish in life.
Weight loss isn’t even on my short (or long) list of goals for 2017. Instead I want to attend barre, be a strong leader in my running group, and treat my body with love and respect.
Sorry judgement, you don’t belong here.
Acquiring stuff just because
Roughly four years ago I wrote a post about how I used shopping to deal with emotions. I’m happy to say I’ve come a long way since that post. My current vice in window shopping, which is much better on the wallet.
When I cleaned out my spare room and storage locker a few weeks ago, I was stunned at just how much crap I had acquired. It was shocking. So many things were purchased because I needed it. Why did I need it? Because I did, that’s why.
And now? It’s all been donated.
My spending is now limited to needs, and this includes clothing – just ask my friends who have been the receivers of awesome clothes I had to have and never wore.
With the exception of cookbooks because I love me a tangible cookbook.
Since finally getting a library card this year (yes, I’ve lived here for, whoa, 14 years this month) and only just got a library card. Yes, I know that’s ridiculous, but I’m taking full advantage of it now.
I stopped by the library on my way home and picked up 8 books I had on hold. I now have 3 weeks to read 8 books, so I best get to reading!
Okay, well this one might take some work.
But for real, overthinking is something that is tied to my anxiety. I’m sure any anxiety sufferer can relate to replaying conversations over and over (and over and over) in their heads. I do this less than I used to, but it’s still there. I know this will always be a work in progress, but I’ve also come to learn that worrying and overthinking doesn’t change the outcome.
What are you giving up in 2017?
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