So the Week 7 Mini Challenge was to write a letter to our past or future selves. I was going to write a letter to my future self – but right now, I’m not sure where I want my future self to go. So instead, I’m going to reflect, and write my past self something encouraging – kinda like the Brad Paisley song, “Letter to Me“.
You need to hear this – you’re in a bad place right now. I know – I was there with you. You’ve been so unhappy for so long, tried so many ways to lose the weight, and just continued to fail. I have some bad news – there is NO easy answer. No quick fix. The diet drugs won’t so it. Neither will the gimmicks & fads – not Atkins, not Jenny Craig. Throw money at it, it won’t help.
Take a deep breath – and don’t give up. I know it seems impossible – after all, you have to lose over 100 pounds to reach goal! And you have so many other things going on right now. Your weight, and your health, are just not a priority. By the way – those pains your mom has in her knees? Yeah, pay attention to those. You know the arthritis your grandma has? Take a look in the mirror, girl – your turn will come if you don’t do something about it.
You won’t believe me now – you’re not ready to. But soon… soon you’ll want to be bold. Do something daring – and a little bit scary. Kinda crazy. And completely outside your comfort zone. When you hear about it, you’ll wonder if you can. You’ll sign up to do something good – for the right reason – and not know that you’ll be changing your life forever.
Give in to the urge. Embrace the pain, and the fear. Tackle new challenges. Push yourself farther than you think you can – you won’t let yourself down. Do you remember watching ABC Wide World of Sports on Saturday afternoon in the 1980s in the basement of the house in Manitou? Do you remember a crazy race called Ironman? Well… one day, you’ll sign yourself up for your first triathlon. You’ll get bit by a bug like no other, and now, all you can think about is the day you hear Mike Reilly say: Kristine Thompson, YOU are an Ironman!
I know – hard to believe, right? Trust me… would I lie to you? 😉
But for now – don’t give up. Keep trying. Eventually, you’ll get it right.
I wish I’d had this letter 7 years ago – I needed it then. And honestly, writing it now was very cathartic. I guess I needed it now too.
Goals update: 2/3 – I got to my swimming lesson, and I wrote two blog posts. I read a bit more book, I’ll finish it tomorrow.
1) Finish HTP book!
2) Write 2 blog posts
3) Read & comment on 20+ blogs
4) Hot yoga class