Goodbye, beach. Hello, home.
Home may not have sun and surf and sand, but it’s home nevertheless!
I was planning – I swear! – to squeeze in a gym trip after our flight arrived, but my dreams quickly got squashed when we immediately confronted with a ton of clinic-related calls to return and fires to extinguish. Maybe later today? I really try to operate under a ‘best I can’ philosophy when it comes to exercise, but more often than not, it’s been pushed to the back burner lately. I can’t wait for things to calm down so I can get back into a routine!
Speaking of the ‘best I can’ philosophy, today’s Girls on the Run lesson is going to be a good one (we leave for GOTR in just a few minutes!). It’s on dealing with negative self-talk.
The interesting thing about the GOTR age group (8 – 10 years old) is that some of the girls haven’t actually dealt with negative self-talk yet. Usually, there are three or four girls who give me blank stares when we discuss thinking badly about yourself. But unfortunately, most of the girls can totally relate to not feeling good enough, smart enough, pretty enough, fast enough, or popular enough. And that’s where Negative Nelly comes in…
As part of the lesson, the girls will write their negative self-talk thoughts (or examples of negative self-talk they’ve heard their family members or friends or people on TV say) on index cards. Then, we play a warm-up game in which they sprint to Negative Nelly and ‘feed’ her their negative thoughts. We make a big show of tearing up some of our negative thoughts before stuffing the scraps down Nelly’s jaws. Fun, right? Truthfully, I may be 27 years old, but I envision Negative Nelly in my mind’s eye ALL THE TIME and fed her my negative thoughts. It helps a lot.
Speaking of feeding… Lunch!
Just a veggie burger and fruit. We are running low on groceries (predictably!) since returning home from our vacation. I do think we have all the necessary ingredients for a smoothie, so I’m going to whip one up for Lunch #2. These days, I can only fit so much food into my shrinking pregnant belly at a time.
Thought of the Day:
“What we focus on, we empower and enlarge. Good multiplies when focused upon. Negativity multiplies when focused upon. The choice is ours: Which do we want more of?” – Julia Cameron
Can I throw a handful of thoughts in Negative Nelly’s mouth? My inner mean girl has been on a major rampage lately.