The Power Of Your Words
by Meggan Larson
Have you ever called yourself fat? Have you ever looked in the mirror with disgust and said to yourself “you’re fat, you need to do something about this”? Have you ever been so thoroughly fed up with yourself and your bad choices that you literally wanted to shake some sense into yourself? I have. I’ve cried, I’ve cursed, I’ve punched my pillow, and maybe screamed into it a time or two (or ten). I’ve been so disappointed in myself that I actually started to believe that I deserved to be overweight. What a sad mental state to be trapped in!
Our thoughts and especially our words have power. A lot of power. I just finished reading the book “Switch On Your Brain” by Dr. Caroline Leaf and in it she literally walks you through the science behind our brains and shows you how your words tell your brain what to do. I won’t get into the science of it because well frankly I’m not a doctor but it was fascinating to learn all about the power of our words. When we say things to ourselves like “You’re fat” you are literally telling your brain to ensure that you stay fat. Your brain will absolutely do what you tell it to and when you are constantly berating yourself and saying things like “I just can’t seem to lose weight” or “none of these eating plans ever work for me” or “other people succeed at trying to lose weight but I never do” then you are telling your brain to store your fat.
Seriously, we need to stop this. No matter how tempting it is to insult yourself after yet another epic failure you must resist! Catch your thoughts (2 Cor 10:5) and only speak edifying things to yourself. Try these out for size (no pun intended but you’ve gotta admit that was a good one) “I always succeed at losing weight”, “I have incredible self control”, “I love staying on plan”.
If our words have so much power than we may as well get them working FOR us instead of against us, don’t you think? You would never let someone speak to your children the way you often speak to yourself so start treating yourself more kindly. Treat yourself the way Christ would treat you. And most importantly ~ watch what you say.
~ Meggan 🙂
ps…As always I’d love to hear from you so if you have any questions or comments please comment below or email me at Meggan@thelaundrymoms.com
Meggan Larson is a wife, mom of three, and challenge overcomer! Being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer and undergoing aggressive chemotherapy when her second born child was only three months old, gave Meggan an expected twist to her life. Dealing with pregnancy weight gain and the debilitating effects of chemotherapy, Meggan’s weight soared to over 228 pounds. Feeling humiliated with no desire to socialize, Meggan was desperate for a change. Shortly after losing 20 pounds with the Trim Healthy Mama program, Meggan found out she was pregnant with baby number three, which ended in an emergency C-section and unexpected hysterectomy. Despite the challenges she faced, Meggan has just celebrated her one year “trimiversary”, and her success of releasing just over 60 pounds! Meggan is confident that her success on plan is “doable” for anyone looking to gain back their health and wanting to live a trim and healthy lifestyle!