Dear (insert your name here),
No, I did not intend to become overweight. No, I did not intend to become unhealthy. No, I did not intend to become "that person" with a weight problem. But I did. Remember?
At first I did not notice it, much. The first few pounds were no big deal. I was just getting older. The first few pounds was just my "adult weight". That extra weight that you put on by just maturing. After all, you aren't the spry 16 year old that could work off that double cheeseburger and large fries without even trying.
Over the weeks and months, I added a few more pounds. I had to buy some new clothes. Just a size bigger. Not a big deal, right? I would buy a size bigger, but just for the winter! I will be back in my "normal size" by next summer...no problem!
I got busy. Life happened. Fast food became the "new normal". Not exercising became the "new normal". Who has time for exercise? I had a baby and a full-time job! I have responsibilities! I am exhausted at the end of the day. I don't want to spend what little free time I have after the kids go to bed, sweating! No! I want relax and watch tv.
After far to long of this behavior, I hit that point. You remember that point. I hit that point where I didn't want to be "that person" I had become. I didn't want to be "that person" who was unhealthy every day, in every way. I hit that point where I had to make a change. I had to do something!
I needed to kick myself in the @$$! I need to find that person I was! Or maybe, I needed to find that person who I thought I was going to be? Yes! That's it! I hit that point and decided to become that person that I saw in the mirror of my mind rather than that person I actually saw in the mirror! I WOULD BECOME ME!
I decided I am going to be that person who picks a chicken breast over a double cheeseburger! I decided I am going to put in some hours in the kitchen to cook healthy options over all the processed crap I had been feeding my body with for years! I decided that I will go sweat after the kids go to bed or I will go to bed early so I can get up before the sun and get my workout in!
I made a vow to do whatever it took to get there. I made a vow that I will walk those roads until I can jog those roads. Then I will run those roads! I made a vow to do push-ups on my knees until I didn't have to because I would become strong enough to just use my arms. I made a vow to earn every ounce I lose because I will do it with my blood, sweat, and tears! I knew the tears will come and I knew that they would NOT win!
I decided that I was worth that effort. I am worth the sacrifice and hard work it will take the rest of my life to be that person that I knew I could always be. I will own what I have done in the past and I will bury it in my dust! I will be restrained no more by the limitations of my mind on what I can do! I owe that to myself. I shall overcome!
I have become the real me! I earned my success!
Be good to yourself,
(insert your name here)
Embrace Your Possibilities
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