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Oh, the Places You'll Go!

Friday, January 25, 2013

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go...”
~Dr. Seuss ~ Oh, the Places You'll Go!

Hi me!

Too bad that book was written in 1990 - a few years before you turned 16 (quite a few years). You could have learned so much and had so much more confidence in yourself! You might have realized that you didn't need to be like everyone else. You are great just the way you are.

I would tell you to keep active! You always loved outdoor activities - keep doing them. Find people who have similar interests and join them.

Make healthy choices when you eat meals away from home - stay away from the fast food joints! Eat more fruits and vegetables. Even though your parents' idea of veggies is potatoes and corn, start eating green veggies. Have fruit for dessert instead of ice cream.

Stop skipping meals to stay thin! You may be able to "diet" for two weeks and lose 15 pounds but it will only come back eventually and one day your metabolism will slow down to a point that the weight won't come off as easily. Eat breakfast! Your body needs fuel and Cheetoes doesn't cut it!

Don't start smoking to lose weight! Sure, it will work at first but soon you'll be able to eat and smoke! Then you'll have two problems! When you finally quit smoking, you'll gain twice as much weight back! It isn't worth the health risks!

Learn to eat in moderation - you don't need to "give up" foods for the rest of your life. You can have them in small quantities. Make them a treat - the pleasure of a box of candy can be spread out over 3 or 4 weeks - you don't need to eat the whole box in one day.

And don't give up! You're strong and you can persevere! If you feel alone, reach out and get the support that you need. You have friends and family - you can do it. You're your own worst enemy!

“So...
be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray
or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O'Shea,
you're off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So...get on your way!”
~ Dr. Seuss ~ Oh, the Places You'll Go!

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