Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Day 85- Let it go

My thoughts from 100 Days of Weight Loss by Linda Spangle

There are a lot of negative feelings that we house in our bodies that we have to let go instead of dealing with these emotions we carry around. If our emotions were a balloon we would be blowing air into the balloon until it got so full for anger, bitterness, frustration, hurt, sadness, resentment that it popped and when it popped that is when we lose it by overeating, screaming, yelling or throwing a tantrum. 
Spangle gives us a good way of letting go and it is simply this-
  • Set a time limit on your feelings and then, let it go
  • choose a difficult situation and write it down or do it mentally all your thoughts and emotions about it
  • place these thoughts in the palm of your hand
  • decide how long you want to hold on to these emotions
  • pick a time limit- few seconds to several hours
  • close your fist tightly around the feelings and hold them until the time is up
  • at the end of the time limit, open your hand and throw the paper away or mentally send those thoughts into outer space
  • as you let the feelings go, stretch your arms to its full length and hold your hand open with the palm facing up. Mentally, picture those negative emotions flowing down your arm and out your fingers.
  • Let the feeling go for good. Do it again if you have to until it is all gone.
  • affirm you have let go- write a few lines you have let go of the issue and the feelings around it
 I want to be healthy on the inside as well as the outside. So I have to learn to let go of all the negative emotions so I don't turn to eating for comfort. I have never tried this way of letting go. I will the next time the opportunity arises.
How about you? How do you let go?

Working from the inside-out,


Maren said...

This was great for me now, after feeling a bit bad about myself these past few days :D

Mer and Mo said...

I realized that my lack of exercising has been allowing my negative, depressing thoughts get the best of me. I am on the right track this week and instead of squeezing the heck out of a lemon I went for a long hike and lost myself in my own thoughts rather then food on the couch! Taking a short 20 minute walk during my work day is helping, too - getting the lack of energy going again in the middle of the day!!

When I keep moving my mind is not at a standstill - looking forward to more of my letting go moments!


Leigh C. said...

I'm still trying to figure this one out. This has been helpful, thanks:)

E. Jane said...

I'm right there with you. This is a very good post!

Cyn said...

thanks for stoppin' by & commenting on my blog. i am your newest follower!

love this post -- this is something i am working on for the new year. letting go -- man is it hard!

misadventures of a chunky goddess

Joy said...

Great post! I have a great support system set up. I have my awesome Hubby, who is very supportive and I also have a mentor who help me work through things. Of course, I rely on the Lord and His word to provide a lot of wisdom and peace. Then just having things to do has helped me stay focused. Too much time on my hands gets me into trouble!

Anyway, that's what I do.

Stay focused!

Mer and Mo said...

@Cyn and I see a few more new ones - welcome to our blog, great to have you on board!! Have a great week and don't forget - make sure your Two Thousand and Twelve is Swell!!!

Mer and "MO"-tivated