Wednesday, May 04, 2011
What follows is the love letter that my husband wrote to me for my 1st anniversary and 100 pounds lost with SparkPeople. A few months into this journey, I finally realized that the burden of my extra weight was one felt by all those who love me-- until then, I thought that it was all about ME. I honestly didn't think about how 100+ pounds of excess weight on *my* body affected my family.
I'm sharing this letter because perhaps a fellow Sparker feels or felt the same way I did. I know we've all heard that "You've got to do it for YOU"-- but, what if that isn't enough? I know it wasn't enough to keep myself from putting on so much weight in the first place! So, sometimes, we have to do it for the people who love us so much-- sometimes that extrinsic motivation can be what is needed to vault up out of the pit and on towards better health, and that motivation can spark something inside us that IS enough!
"Wow! Wow! Wow!
That's the best I can do to describe how I feel about what you have accomplished during the last year, and how that has impacted your confidence and outlook, our family, and our marriage.
I am so incredibly proud to have you on my arm as my wife, and not just because you have gone from being beautiful to being BEAUTIFUL. It's also because of the great friend and inspiration you are to others, the wonderful mommy you are to our beautiful children, and the fantastic wife you are to me. Thank you for taking the steps to ensure that you can continue to fulfill those roles as long as possible.
I love you with all my heart, and look forward to what God has in store for us and our family with great anticipation.
Every day with you means the world to me!