Who is ready for a challenge? It is high time for a new approach.
Starting today, right at this moment, I want you to decide if you can, and will, take the 30 day NO PROANA challenge.
I am talking a total cold turkey, turn away from the computer, and see what life brings you kind of challenge.
Here are the rules:
1 No visiting, viewing, or posting to any Pro-Ana forum or community.
2 No viewing Thinspiration videos or Pr0-Ana messaging on YouTube or elsewhere.
3 Dump all fashion mags. All of them, including the damn tabloids.
4 No viewing of television shows that focus on beauty, fashion, gossip, hollywood, etc….if something comes on of this nature, you are to turn it off or leave the room.
5 Hide or chuck your scale. This may be a hard one so I will leave it optional….but really consider this girls, your weight can be determined by whether or not your clothes fit.
6 Tell your ED friends that you need a break, tell them not to take it personal but you can’t and will not engage in conversations surrounding food, purging, fatness….you get the point.
Now that you have cleansed your life of all the detrimental, brainwashing crap that fills your day…you will have a lot of time on your hands.
Here are some suggestions on how to discover a new life:
1 Go to the library. I know the internet is like an online library, but I am am telling you there is nothing like the quiet, serenity of rows of books and silence. Here’s my faves:
East of Eden, John Steinbeck (big book, don’t be intimidated)
She’s Come Undone, Wally Lamb (you won’t believe a guy wrote this)
The Year of Magical Thinking, Joan Didion (I am reading this now, can’t put it down)
I am Charlotte Simmons, Tom Wolfe (one of my favorite writers)
The Book of Ruth, Jane Hamilton (speaks for itself)
2 Do nothing.
Mindfullness Meditation, Series 1 CD, John Kabat Zinn
Whereever you go there you are, John Kabat Zinn
3 Do something for someone else.
Look for opportunities to go out of your way for others.
Send cards to people you care about, or that you miss.
Be really nice to that total knob at work or school…it will kill them!
Donate something to someone, give away your extra cash, coins, and time. There are so many cool and fun opportunities, just open your eyes:
This site is amazing, you can donate $25 and help a person in poverty start their own business. Pictures of the people will inspire you to give.
Cellphones to third world countries
Got a phone collecting dust in your drawer? How about your friends? Round ’em up and donate them to someone who desparately needs them.
The mission? Give a laptop to every child in the world. Cost per laptop $100. Check out the design of the laptop, its so cool you will want one.
The Lions Club has received eyeglass donations for decades, gather up your old shades and glasses and give the gift of sight…something we all take for granted.
4 Do something for YOU
Get a massage.
Start a journal.
Get your nails done with friends.
Go out for a few cocktails, and relax for a damn change!
If you are up for this challenge, post your comment below stating “I am in!”
C’mon this will be fun, trust me.