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April 24, 2015: Our Words/Thoughts

Friday, April 24, 2015

So I was watching CSI: Cyber episode called “URL, Interrupted” which is about a girl being cyberbullied and Peter MacNicol’s character (Simon Sifter) was talking to his son about participating in cyberbulling. His character said “Your words hurt this girl. Words have consequences.” Honestly, this statement could not be truer. These are not just the words that we say to others, but the words (or thoughts) that we say to ourselves. Negative self talk is not a good thing for any of us. I have really been trying to focus on changing my mindset, but it isn’t always easy. Sometimes those thoughts pop in your head out of habit. Once those words (or thoughts) pop out, you can’t take them back. I remember hearing when my oldest child was little to “be careful because little ears hear what you say”. Those seemingly innocent thoughts like when my leader announced the loss for the group last night and the thought that popped in was “I didn’t contribute to that total” and I had to stop myself and think while I may not have had a loss this time, I have been making better decisions about my eating. This is all a process. I saw the gain and, honestly, it is what it is. I did things yesterday that I normally don’t do like wash my hair and with its length, it takes forever to dry and I ate lunch later and things like that. I can’t say for sure that the gain was because of it, but I can say that I am a creature of habit and I did things out of my norm. I think we all need a reality check every now and again and need to be reminded that our words (whether said or typed or thought) do have consequences. At the end of the episode, Zoey (played by Irene Choi) says: “To everyone that cyberbullied me, know that your words mean something. That cruel comment that you type without a second thought could destroy someone’s life. Your words are weapons be careful how you use them.” Try to change your thought process, try to think before you speak to yourself or someone else because you don’t know how your words may change someone’s perspective or their life.

April 2: 196.2
April 16: 195.8
April 24: 194.8

Loss: 1.0
Total Loss: 1.4

Okay, seriously, I thought I had gained a pound this week. I even went home and told DH I had gained. It was not until I was looking up my exact weight so I could include it here that I realized the truth.
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    I was bullied as a fat teen, but there was no cyber anything back then, it was just gossiping kids. My parents told me the usual "sticks and stones" thing, but it still hurt terribly. Wind forward 50 years, and I can no longer be bullied. I know exactly what and who I am, no one else opinion can affect that. I was nearly 30 before the crushing pain of my teen years finally faded, but fade it did. It's hard enough to convince teens that they are mortal, how do you convince them that the opinions of teenagers are worthless? Remember that old injunction from your grandmother that if you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all? When you are a teen, the object of unkind words suffers. When you are older, you become the person who says unkind words, someone not to be trusted.

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