First of all, I want to thank each and every one of you who agreed to participate in The Hate-Loss Challenge of 2011. There is strength in numbers, and I’m very excited about such an outstanding group. So far I am aware of 10 people who have committed by posting on the comments section of my Challenge page (which you can link to at the beginning of this post or via my sidebar. If you are hearing about this for the first time today and would like to participate, just leave a comment on my challenge page letting me know that you’re in, get the badge from there as well and add it to your blog if you have one.
If you are unsure as to whether or not you need or want to participate, answer this question:
As you are trying to lose or maintain your weight, do you often belittle yourself in the process, beat yourself up by using words like lazy, stupid, unattractive, failure?
If you answered yes, then I encourage you to join us. What happens to a person who spends all of her time trying to achieve a strong and conditioned body while allowing her mind to fill itself with negative, belittling thoughts? She becomes a thin person who still thinks she’s all of those things. Thoughts like that rarely disappear just because the weight does. It takes conscious effort to rid yourself of negative thoughts. Trust me, I have experience in this area.
This is how the schedule will run: The official start of the challenge is January 1st, 2011 and will run until January 31, 2011. Sometime before January, print out a copy of the challenge and keep it in a place where you will see it every day: on your bathroom mirror, in your car, in your purse, on your nightstand. When you say the words, I strongly encourage you to say them out loud. It is important to listen to the words which are describing you coming out of your own mouth, and it validates the word(s) you are saying.
I will put up a reminder post on Wednesday afternoons encouraging everyone that’s participating to comment on their blog the following day (Thursday) as to how their challenge is going for the week; if you would be so kind, come back here and let others know so that he/she can link back to your blog and read your progress.
You do not need to run a blog to participate. I plan on posting my thoughts on how things are going every Thursday during the month of January, so you are welcome to post your progress under that post.
Sixteen days, everyone!