The holidays are over and like many of you, I at WAY TOO MUCH! My will power went out the window between Thanksgiving and New Years. This trend obviously caused the number on the scale to rise and I am not happy about it. I have caught myself looking in the mirror and using negative self talk. Punishing myself is not going to help me move forward. Focusing on what is good and beautiful about me is my goal for 2014. Set backs are bound to happen. Heck, that’s why this blog is called Comeback Momma. We all need to make comebacks during our lifetimes. A good way to start positive self talk is to reflect on all of your positive accomplishments for the previous year. Here are mine in no particular order:
Launched my new blog
After being away from the online world for nearly a year, I launched Comeback Momma to share my story and focus on making a comeback throughout many areas of my life.
Made more time for family throughout the year
I made a point to volunteer much more at school. We took 4 family vacations, including one where I took the kids to Florida by myself. I’ve never taken the kids solo anywhere before. We had a blast!
Took a step back from things that were creating stress
I was overcommitted with two book clubs and membership in a local social club. Things like this were causing me more stress than joy and taking me away from evening family time. I decided to take a step back from these activities. I’ve learned that being a home body brings me peace. I used to be hard on myself and try to push myself to get out.
Ran a Color Run 5K with my daughter
At only 7 years old, I was super proud of my daughter to complete a local color run with me. She was an inspiration throughout our training and during the race. She stumbled in a pothole around mile 2, but was determined to finish the race. I know that my influence has helped her enjoy events such as this and given her drive and determination.
Attended the FitBloggin Conference for the second time
Attending blogging conferences is a bit out of my comfort zone, but I know it’s important for my blog and continuing to make connections in a community where I feel most at home. I lead a discussion about blogging on sensitive topics. This was WAY out of my comfort zone, but I did it! I met up with some of my favorite blogging friends for the first time too.
Attended the Type-A Blogging Conference for the first time
This was a big step for me. I had never been to this conference and I did not know anyone before attending. I roomed with two strangers who turned out to be great. I highly attending a blogging conference, even if you don’t know anyone.
Being Featured in Prevention Magazine
Initially, I thought being contacted by someone at Prevention Magazine was a scam. After a few emails and chatting with the journalist, I realized that they really did want to feature me. They have a monthly column called “Better Than Ever.” I’ll be in the February issue. I am so excited to be chosen to share my story and hopefully inspire other women to let go of being perfect and just embrace life and loved ones.
Being more accepting of my body
For years, I’ve struggled with trying to create the “perfect” body. I had a wonderful transformation about 5 years ago. I won a transformation contest and was even featured on an informercial for a leading fitness program. While I am still proud of this accomplishment, I became too obsessed with my fitness. This past year is the first time that I became much more comfortable in my own skin. I am appreciating all that it has accomplished and not just what it looks like. I wrote a great post about this here.
Do you get caught up with negative self talk? Make it a goal for 2014 to focus on what is positive. Reflect on what you accomplished in 2013. Take that positive energy to move forward for 2014. Keep in touch as the year progresses. We can do this! We are beautiful!