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Hi Self... You are freaking amazing... Just thought I'd tell you

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

The letter I wish I could give my former self.

Dear Elicia at 235 Pounds,

Hello! Its just me from the future letting you know how freaking awesome you are. You are so gorgeous and strong. I wish you could see it. Someday you will look back and realize how awesome you really are. Try to see it now. God has blessed you in so many ways.

First of all, I want to let you know how proud I am of you. You are so brave and courageous for having the willingness to start this long journey. Each day you will get stronger and learn more things about yourself. You will learn to control your eating and will enjoy the healthy lifestyle changes you have made. I know its hard but the end result is so worth it.

Your efforts will create incredible results. Most people won't even recognize you. Your doctors jaw will hit the ground when you tell him your weight loss story. People will be inspired by you. Yes, YOU, will be an inspiration to many! You know those motivational SparkPages that you read to keep yourself going? YOU will soon be listed among those who motivated you! You will be pulled aside by colleagues and friends to ask HOW you did it. YOU will lose 95 pounds and someday soon fit into size 4 jeans. YOU! You will do all of this by simply making better choices. Keep going!

Your blood pressure will drop to 90/60 instead of 115/75. Your heart rate will drop from 100bpm to 60bpm! You will be able to walk up many flights of stairs without even thinking about it! You will have so much energy that you don't even know what to do with! You will start craving apples (I know, freaking crazy!) Your doctor will tell you that you have done everything possible to ensure healthy future pregnancies. You will have ARM muscles! Oh, and try not to get discouraged about your belly. Try to think of it as a battle scar and know that having a super flat tummy is overrated anyways.

Guess what?!? You decided to start running. I know, pretty unfathomable, right? You have signed up for a 5K and can run 3 miles without stopping. It took a lot of courage to walk into that running store but everyone is very nice. Running shoes are worth every single penny! Be brave! Nate is also joining you on runs. It is actually kind of turning into a hobby (and I'm not even joking!)

Your strength throughout the grieving process has touched many people. I want to let you know that it gets easier. You will still think of Elliana daily and dream of joining her in heaven one day but these thoughts are lined with joy instead of sadness. Time really does heal wounds and God has blessed you more than you can even imagine. The healing process is long but you will soon be optimistic about trying for more babies and the hope that God will give you is incredible. Your healthy body gives you even more hope than you thought possible. Praise God and lean on Him.

This is not a diet. There is no end. This is your new lifestyle. Learn to embrace it and the journey becomes that much easier. You eventually will reach a point where you are trying to figure out how to maintain your goal weight and that day isn't too far away. Losing weight won't take away all of the struggles that come with life. There are still days when you are going to be really self-conscious but you will learn to love the good and the bad throughout this journey. The confidence you will gain throughout this journey is an incredible thing.

Keep your head held high and shine that beautiful smile. You rock and you can do this!!

Love,

Elicia at 140 pounds
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IDLETYME 3/31/2014 11:40AM

    I'm so happy for you. Thanks for sharing!!!! emoticon

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ELIZACG9 5/21/2012 4:03PM

    emoticon Beautiful!

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QUEENVIXEN75 5/8/2012 10:57AM

  emoticon message! Thank you for sharing with us.

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BEAUTIFUL_REINA 5/6/2012 12:59PM

    Fantastic--what a motivation!

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FITMAY 5/6/2012 12:42AM

    AWESOME!
Just what I needed to read!
Love and prayers,
May

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BRAVEHEART4ME 5/5/2012 11:34AM

  Great blog and great attitude! Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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SHINYZALATA 4/30/2012 4:44AM

    Amazingg and really inspiring thank you 4 sharing :)

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TASNIM81 4/30/2012 4:34AM

    Awesome post, truly inspiring. Congratulations on your weight loss! emoticon

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MANILUS 4/29/2012 11:03AM

    Congrats on your success and keep it up!

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MARIJO150 4/29/2012 10:14AM

    You are an awesome, inspiring sparker! Thank you so much for sharing this letter, it speaks beyond words.

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THISTIMEMYWAY 4/29/2012 4:12AM

    Thank you for sharing. emoticon

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SFSU-GRAD 4/28/2012 11:29AM

    Wow! Awesome blog!

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LRSILVER 4/27/2012 3:17PM

    Thank you for sharing.

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SHERDEANA 4/27/2012 2:59AM

  Hi! Your blog really inspired me. It was as if I was reading it to myself! Thank you so much for sharing. Your little Elliana is inspiring you and supporting you! You deserve all the happiness you are experiencing.

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LUVTOBOWL 4/26/2012 3:03PM

    What a great idea. Thanks for the encouragement I really needed it today. emoticon emoticon

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TEMPERANCE88 4/25/2012 2:55PM

    Awesome blog!

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LOISDESK 4/25/2012 1:46PM

    Love it! It's a great way to remind yourself how far you've come!! Congrats!!

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DOTTY7267 4/25/2012 9:24AM

    This is so amazing and encouraging. We should all be thankful for who and what we are at whatever size we are. . . .thank you for letting your previous self know that!
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ASHRAF-BASHIR 4/25/2012 8:03AM

    Inspiring !! Awesome !!
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UCANTTAKETHESKY 4/24/2012 10:30AM

    What an inspiring blog! Go you!

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GABRIELLEVA 4/24/2012 8:21AM

    Great blog...love the perspective!

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TUBLADY 4/24/2012 12:12AM

    Thank you for this blog.
You have faced adversity and over come great loss,
You are freaking awesome.
Believe you can and you will.
Stay positive.
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TRIPLEHART 4/23/2012 11:41PM

    Inspiring! emoticon

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JEANNINEMM68 4/23/2012 7:26PM

    What a great idea for people to do.


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NEETERB 4/23/2012 5:00PM

    I love your letter to your former self. I look forward to writing one of those myself.

Congratulations on your journey!

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Keep on keepin' on

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ANNE007 4/23/2012 3:25PM

    Wow. You ARE amazing! Thank you for a great blog!

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2014THISISIT 4/23/2012 3:15PM

    What a BEAUTIFUL and compassionate letter to your former self! I truly loved and enjoyed it! :) Keep up the great work, and continue to love your former self as you do your new self. Best wishes always. :)

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TANYA602 4/23/2012 1:28PM

    I just came across your blog this morning as one of "This Month's Best Member Blogs," and I have to really give you kudos! I want to read other blogs you've written to indeed know "how you did it."
Congratulations for stepping out onto this path and continually putting one foot in front of the other!

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HHB4181 4/23/2012 1:23PM

    Awesome blog. Congrats on all of your success!!

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PLAYLIN 4/23/2012 12:18PM

  We are so proud of you. And I am glad you mentioned the spiritual side of this journey. I hve found my faith in God has given me more faith in myself. He would not like what I have done with His creation. Time for me to get it to something He would be proud of. Thanks for your blog, you are an inspiration.

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JMACLIVES 4/23/2012 12:01PM

   
Your attitude is completely amazing! Thanks for sharing so much with us, I for one am bursting with happiness just reading about your success!

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QUEENDEBRINA 4/23/2012 11:54AM

    Wow - I think all of us should follow your lead and write a letter to the image we hold inside. What a great motivator. emoticon

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KDMAMA2 4/23/2012 11:43AM

  Love this!

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KARENDEE4 4/23/2012 10:49AM

    Great blog!!

Good job on the loss!

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KELLYPOLL 4/23/2012 10:31AM

  Your wallpaper on Sparkpage is great - totally makes you want to eat fruit and eat right! Your letter to yourself is so full of inspiration, and motivation that I know you will be successful in your journey - spiritually and physically, and emotionally! You are much stronger than you realize!
Congratulations, and keep on keeping on! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DEARTOMYHEART 4/23/2012 10:31AM

  What a great idea. By the way you are amazing!!!! Keep it up. You have inspired me, thanks. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DIRTYBUNNY 4/23/2012 9:46AM

    At 140 pounds. That's where I want to be. I'd foolishly like to hear "She really is TOO THIN, but don't her clothes look nice on her?" I'm gonna keep plugging along and someday I'll be able to look back and write a letter like this, too.

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NWFL59 4/23/2012 9:34AM

    Love your letter to self, I'm going to do that for myself too! I could use a tangible positive self esteem booster to reference when my resolve starts to dissolve! I love your wallpaper for your Sparkpage as it looks so delicious and guilt free.
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DOLLIE6 4/23/2012 9:32AM

    Thank you for sharing. I have two years ahead of me to lose 200 pounds. Reading blogs like this will get me through.
Pat

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DIETER27 4/23/2012 9:13AM

  This is so incredible you are truly amazing and an inspiration. emoticon

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MARTHASPARKS 4/23/2012 9:02AM

    Bravo!

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GOOSIEMOON 4/23/2012 8:44AM

    This journey is about so much more than numbers on a scale, and you embody that spirit! Congratulations!

Keep up the good work!

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JGRAY76 4/23/2012 7:48AM

    Great idea. You have inspired me.

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CAM2438 4/23/2012 7:12AM

    An absolute great job. Kepp up the good work!

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PHIREBALL 4/23/2012 5:44AM

    I love it!

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