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Welcome to the inside of my brain. Here, I share experiences, tips, tricks and fun things I've learned during my weight loss journey. 

  • Gail Ballin

Meet my Negative Ninny.

I wrote a blog a few weeks ago about negative self talk and gave a few tips on how to get past the terrible things we say to ourselves. One of my suggestions was to name our negative voice. By naming our inner negativity we personify it and that makes it easier to shut it down when that voice gets too strong.

I call my negative inner voice "Negative Ninny." Negative Ninny is a tough old broad. She is relentless and always turns up at the least opportune moments in my life. She consistently attempts to wreak havoc in my world. Negative Ninny is self destructing, sabotaging and she's the queen of rationalization.

She's a real peach and not an easy one to live with.

Negative Ninny is challenging to live with and even though I've had a successful weight loss, she's been with me through the entire journey, lurking in the shadows, enjoying her small victories.

She is the voice that I hear when I don't feel like going to the gym and she says "it's okay Gail, stay home it's cold and rainy outside. You can do more tomorrow." I used to listen to her and I would stay home, cuddled in bed or on the couch. But tomorrow will come and it may still be cold and rainy; if I allow her to influence me today, she will likely influence me tomorrow too.

I cannot allow that.

Days string along into weeks and weeks will string along into months. Listening to her is how I rationalized my weight gain and sabotaged my attempted weight loss for years. I won't allow her to sabotage me now.

These days she's still present, but she has a softer voice. She's learned that I can succeed and that there are days I won't tolerate her efforts. My positive voice is much stronger now and when Negative Ninny tells me I can't do something, my positive voice tells her I can do it and then I prove it by succeeding.

In order for us to be successful in our weight loss efforts, we have to learn how to live with our inner critic. While it would be ideal to 'shut her down' its just not realistic to assume that she will go away over time. She won't. She never will.

Strengthen your positive voice, have faith in yourself and when your Negative Ninny tries to sabotage you, find your other voice, your positive voice and hold your resolve.

The cookie is not worth it, but you are.

Bee Healthy. Bee Happy.

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