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Dear Me


Friday, October 08, 2010

They write songs about it, stories too. Imagine if we could go back in time and speak to our former self. What would we say? Would we encourage and support ourselves, knowing what a tough road lay ahead? Every few years I love to write a letter to my future self, seal it in an envelope and tuck it away to be read at some date yet to happen.

It occurred to me this morning, that I'd like to write to myself but with a twist this time. What if (I love those words) my future self were to write to me? Okay, I know, I know, but what if she could? What words of wisdom would she give me? How much inspiration, knowing what I had to look forward to!

So, here I go.

Dearest Jan,

First of all, let me say, thank you! Thank you for the gift you have given yourself here in 2012. I've been at my goal weight for a whole year now, and let me tell you, girl, I'm loving it! Do you remember when you used to say, 'Nothing tastes as good as slim feels.' You were right! I went out last night and picked up a new pair of jeans at the Thrift shop. Some things never change. LOL Love finding those designer label clothes on the racks for a few dollars each. Even after a year, I still have to stare at the mirror sometimes and think, wow, I can't believe I made it!

Remember those embarrassing 'unmentionables' you used to wonder about? Like, if you lost weight, would you quit snoring? Sleep better? Would those skin problems vanish? Yes, yes and yes! The arthritis troubles have improved as well, and that knee pain just doesn't cause any problems anymore.

But, Jan, the best thing is the way this feels, every minute of every day. It took Paul a little getting used to, bless his heart. He never did complain about the weight issue, but he loves the new me look! I can see it on his face when we go out together.

So, hang in there, girl, and keep up the good work! Spark People is still a part of your daily life and I'm able to inspire people all the time with that amazing 100 pounds lost icon that floats above my name nowadays!

Oh, I almost forgot, and I know you are wondering. Yes, you beat the candy addiction. It faded over time, just like the pop cravings did, as you concentrated on eating healthier foods and focused on taking care of this body. Way to go! You deserve a big hug! See you in 2012!

Future Jan
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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
DUPSTER 10/12/2010 11:38AM

  I used to put off starting a weight loss program, thinking how far I had to go and how long it would take. But you know what? In a year or two years or however long it takes me, I'm still gonna be that much older and wouldn't it be nice to be that much thinner? You've addressed that issue perfectly. Having started (FINALLY) on this weight loss plan in July 2009, and having shed 124 lbs., (although still 40 lbs. from goal), I can say firmly, it IS all worth it, so start today, it's not too late!

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LIGIRLATHEART 10/10/2010 8:53AM

    Thanks for motivating me today!

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PAPILLON02 10/9/2010 8:54PM

  Such a great idea, and now you have something to read whenever you have a bad day! Thank you SO much for sharing it with us! :)

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NEWLIBRARIAN 10/9/2010 8:30PM

    Interesting thoughts. Very creative. Your future self is right. Arthritis improves and so does skin. Not sure about the snoring.

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WILDHORSEANNIE 10/9/2010 2:54PM

    very nice girl. Nice to come back and read your stuff. You are truly an inspiration.!!~!!

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JULESCP 10/9/2010 2:45PM

    This brought happy tears to my eyes. Thank you so much for caring about yourself enough to do this. Beautiful. Wonderful. Happy. YAY YOU!

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BOBBIENORTHERN 10/9/2010 2:06PM

    Thank you so much for this blog which is so inspirational and encourageing. I am so glad that you shared yourself so openly. You are such a blessing to me for today. God loves you so much and you are such a valuable person to the body of Christ. Enjoy your week knowing how good it feels to acheived your goal.

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ALLFORME40 10/9/2010 10:56AM

    Such a great Blog Jani! Really a vision that you've created for yourself to live into! Beautiful! emoticon

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APIRLRAIN888 10/9/2010 8:45AM

    totally awesome!!!! very inspirational! great motivation

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SJG1953 10/9/2010 2:54AM

    This is such an emoticon idea Jan!! Great job!!

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EMPTYNESTER60 10/8/2010 10:52PM

    Great blog - thanks for giving me something to think about! emoticon

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ASMPP1 10/8/2010 8:40PM

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JOYSONG50 10/8/2010 7:39PM

    Great blog.
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COWBOYMAMA 10/8/2010 6:55PM

    Great blog! I have been in a terrible rut lately, but maybe I need to do this to help me get some perspective.

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WENDYSPARKS 10/8/2010 5:45PM

    Good idea!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SMILEYBEE 10/8/2010 5:40PM

    Nice! Now make it happen! emoticon

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DIDMIS 10/8/2010 5:35PM

    This was fantastic. I clicked on the like button also. Way to go girl, you keep it up.

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LMALSBURY 10/8/2010 4:46PM

    What a great post. Its a wonderful idea for all of us to do when we get to our goals!!

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DIANA_IS_BACK 10/8/2010 4:38PM

    Believe it or not, you brought tears to my eyes.... this is such an awesome and inspiring idea! emoticon

Thank you for brightening my day! emoticon

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JAMJOJAM 10/8/2010 4:26PM

    What a fantastic concept, getting a letter from your future self as encouragement. I love it. emoticon

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UNSTOPPABLEJEN 10/8/2010 4:01PM

    This is AWESOME!!! Great idea. Very motivating. :)

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RONIREDD 10/8/2010 3:57PM

    WOW! Very powerful. Thank you .... emoticon

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PARKERB2 10/8/2010 3:56PM

    Wonderful. We should take your example and write that letter to ourselves. emoticon

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