As I took my walk this morning (which was a good one - felt great to be out there doing it today) I had the song 'If I could write a letter to me' playing in my head. It started me thinking.
If my 'At Goal' self could write a letter to my 'Right Now' self, what would I write?
This is what I came up with.
Dear Struggling Me,
First of all, there are a few statements you need to hear, and believe. Right here in this moment that you are in, YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL! YOU ARE INTELLEGENT! YOU ARE STRONG! Nothing and no one can change that or take that from you. Do you want to be better? Sure you do, and you will. I am proof that you did it! Do you struggle? Of course. No journey is without struggle. But you face them, and find a way through. There is so much I want to tell you.
Right now you are having a hard time with Life. Nothing seems to be going your way, and its tough, really tough. But hang in there. Good things are on the way in all areas of your life and so much more than just weight loss.
Remember that list of things that you want to accomplish by reaching your goal? You will be pleased to know that achieving them is a fabulous journey in itself. Right now you don't think you'll be able to run or hike or be able to keep up with the boys, but you will. You become an active, outgoing family. Gord and the boys have a hard time wiping the smiles off of their faces. You were always a good mom and wife, but now you can offer so much more. You get out there and DO, and what's more....YOU ENJOY IT!!!
You get to shop in regular stores. Gord says its a little harder on the pocket book now that you actually like to go shopping for yourself, but he couldn't be prouder of you for all that you have accomplished. He supports you all along the way. He is also enjoying the perks. *nudge, nudge, wink, wink*
Life is good. You know that shy girl you are right now? Well, you don't stay that way for long. Having achieved your goals, you are now motivating others to start (and continue) their own journeys. Imagine, YOU, the inspiration that others use to help them get to their goals. It is awesome! Your are thriving in your professional life as well as your personal and spiritual ones. God is so good.
Well, if I write much longer, you won't have anything to be surprised about. Just remember, every day that you get up and put on your running shoes to go get some exercise, you are one step closer to your goals. Every time that you consciously think about what you are putting in your mouth, you are one step closer to your goal. Every moment that you think positively and keep going on your journey, you are one step closer to your goal. Don't worry about how many steps it will take. Just KEEP MOVING FORWARD! You'll get there.
Good Journey Janessa, You can and are doing it!
Your 'At Goal' Self :)
P.S. You now have beautiful (and sexy) "unmentionables", and oh how much fun that is!