For the month of June you are invited to work on firing your inner judge or critic each time it shows up.
In my book, Self-Love Diet: The Only Diet That Works, in the chapter titled: “How do you begin to love yourself ?” I describe some Self-Love Diet tools that you can use to help rid yourself of the Judge. Here is the tool titled The Five Step Process:
If you have five fingers on your hand you can use each finger to remind you of this 5 step process.
#1 Catch the thought.
During the month of June be on the look-out for negative self-talk.
For example: If you are trying on clothes and you hear yourself say, “My hips are too big to wear these pants. I look disgusting.” Catch the thought once you notice it.
#2 Confront your thought by asking, “Who says?”
Your response to that judgmental thought could be: “Who says my hips are too big? The advertising agencies who are selling these pants? A group of unknown people sitting around a conference table who deemed that lean was in and curvy was out?”
#3 Replace the thought.
Choose affirming statements about yourself, for example: “My worth does not depend on the size of my hips. I am a good person and a good friend, and I do my best to leave each place I visit a little better. My inner qualities are more important than the dimensions of my body.”
#4 Apologize to yourself.
For example: “I’m sorry for calling myself disgusting.”
#5 Commit to change.
Create a plan to change your behavior, for example: “Each time I catch myself criticizing my body, I will confront, replace, and apologize to myself until I no longer criticize myself.”
I look forward to hearing how you’ve used the Five Step Process to help you fire your judge. You can go to the Love Warrior Community to submit your post for June. If you are a first time submitter to our blog site, you are eligible to win a $25 Amazon gift card.
Blessings on your Self-Love Diet Journey,
Michelle Minero, the Co-Founder of this blog and the overarching Love Warrior Community published her book, Self-Love Diet: The Only Diet That Works. You can buy her book online or at stores in Petaluma, Sonoma and Healdsburg, California. For upcoming events and book signings, visit Michelle’s Events page.
Michelle Minero is a licensed marriage family therapist who specializes in eating disorder recovery. Michelle’s book, Self-Love Diet: The Only Diet That Works, was published on January 23, 2013. You can purchase a copy through Amazon. Her dream is to see a world filled with people who love themselves and their bodies.
Michelle created an intensive outpatient eating disorder program in 2000, brought ANAD (Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, Inc.) to Petaluma shortly after and founded EDRS (Eating Disorder Recovery Support, Inc.), a Marin and Sonoma County based 501(c)3 non-profit organization in 2005.
In 2011, Michelle co-founded the Love Warrior Community with her daughter, Emelina, an online community that helps people cultivate self-love, self-acceptance and body acceptance through creative expression. Connect with Michelle on Facebook and Twitter.