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An Encouraging Letter

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Tuesday, October 01, 2013




This morning, I wrote a very nice, loving and encouraging letter...to myself! In this letter, I urged myself to stay on track this holiday season. I told myself to remember how hard I've had to work to lose 71 lbs, to keep in mind that I still have about 70 lbs MORE to lose, and to never forget that I am worth my best effort every single day. I sent the letter using a website, and it will be delivered to me on November 15th, right to my email. I used this website to do it;

www.futureme.org/

When this letter arrives next month, I think it will motivate me to stay on track this holiday season. Why not write a letter to your future self, too? The website is free, and an encouraging letter from yourself might help motivate you to stay on track, too!



There was a time when I used to think the holiday season was just one long all you can eat buffet! And there are so many food temptations out there! Starting in September, we are just overwhelmed with "goodies" and "treats." Halloween candy appears at stores while we're still wearing summer clothes. Not long after that, the Christmas temptations show up, right next to the Halloween displays. Not to mention all the commercials for decadent Thanksgiving meals, Christmas cookies, etc. It sometimes seems as if the holiday season is just about total non-stop eating!

And in the past, total non-stop eating was exactly what I did from September to New Years Day. I would gain weight, and my clothes would get tight. On New Years Day, I would wake up and make a ton of resolutions; lose weight, exercise, get healthy. Sometimes I'd actually keep those resolutions for a whole two weeks...but usually, I would have forgotten them by the end of the day.





I'm not going to make any New Years resolutions this year, though. I'm working NOW to stay on track, and to make as much progress as I can by New Years Day. (Its only 91 days away now!) Will I be perfect during the holiday season? Heck no! I know there will be times when I eat a little too much, or when I skip a workout. But the good news is that I do not have to be perfect in order to make progress! As long as I just keep doing my best to have more "on track" days than "off track" ones, I will succeed and I WILL make progress!

Come on...why not see how much progress you can make by New Years day, too?





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LORIVIOLA 3/18/2014 8:46AM

    WOW! GREAT IDEA. I WILL SEND A LETTER TO MYSELF.


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DEEKELLYE 10/15/2013 12:28PM

    I'm going to write myself a letter. Good idea!

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LUCKYLADY777 10/13/2013 11:01PM

    emoticon I want to thank you because I have been struggling and something you said to write yourself a letter, that hit home. It's hard for me to share thoughts and writing it down and putting a twist on it for good thoughts and healthy eating just might trigger what i NEED !

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LEANMEAN2 10/10/2013 6:55AM

    Good one! Thanks for sharing.

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CMIDD917 10/9/2013 6:53PM

    Great thoughts! thanks for sharing the idea about the letter to yourself.

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RUNNING-TURTLE 10/7/2013 5:08PM

    Love the blog. I've been thinking hard about the upcoming holiday season, and want to try my best to stay on track. Keep up the good work Pixie.

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MYAKAYAH 10/6/2013 5:19PM

    Whoa, September-January eating fun? I don't think I've ever thought about food that way. I have eaten too much at Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve though. When I was younger I could eat anything I wanted in any amount since I was quite thin. I think it set me up for a bit of poor eating habits as an adult so I had to learn to measure portion sizes. After a while it amazed me how satisfied I was with the measuring of portion sizes and I was just not mindfully eating. I can see how stores, advertising and the like get everyone thinking of holidays before its necessary though! It's a good reminder to stay in control though~ emoticon emoticon

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223DAISY 10/6/2013 7:06AM

    Thanks for the Encouragement!

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BLUEROSE73 10/6/2013 5:15AM

  Love it. And thanks for the reminder about the future self website. I'll have to get over there and write my letter

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WHITEANGEL4 10/5/2013 10:59PM

    Great and encouraging blog

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GEORGE815 10/5/2013 11:12AM

    Great post again!

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KARENKANDO 10/5/2013 9:51AM

    Nothing more I can say that others haven't already. But! I want to say it anyway. . . what a wonderful idea!!! Thanks for sharing the link.

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MRSRIGS1 10/4/2013 4:20PM

    What a great idea! Thank you!

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ENJAYWIL 10/4/2013 2:41PM

  Great idea!

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LOWCARBRENEE 10/4/2013 2:36PM

    Great idea!

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MOTIVATIONFOUND 10/4/2013 11:02AM

    What a great idea! Love it!

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SUNNYBEACHGIRL 10/3/2013 9:29PM

    emoticon I try to remember that not everything in the holidays is food. Let's all work to keep our food demons in the closet

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PAULA3420 10/3/2013 5:53PM

    Hi Pixie,
This blog is BRILLIANT!!! I love it and you have captured what a wonderful world a Healthy and Fit Lifestyle can be. You reminded me of my first holiday season as a member of Spark People. I actually lost weight during the Thanksgiving Holiday. I used the same techniques you have listed and just made some simple small baby step changes. Like having either mashed potatoes or stuffing NOT both. Instead of watching TV after dinner. The family went for a walk. It was nice and relaxing and just enough to curb our appetite. WE did have dessert and again it was a choice of one SMALL piece of pumpkin pie or pecan pie. NOT BOTH and NO ICE CREAM. I remember feeling satisfied, NOT STUFFED and proud of myself. Because, it does not feel good to go through ALL of these holidays JUST EATING. What a great idea, LET'S SEE HOW MUCH WE can accomplish before NEW YEARS
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BETHLOVESBIKING 10/3/2013 5:22PM

    Great idea! So motivating! emoticon

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LCRUMLEY81 10/3/2013 4:46PM

  Great insights

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GEORGE815 10/3/2013 4:21PM

    Time to get started.

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TRAILBLAZER6 10/3/2013 3:56PM

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MAJONES1225 10/3/2013 3:49PM

    Awesome blog, you have some wonderful ideas

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ARTISTGATOGIRL 10/3/2013 1:11PM

    A great idea. I love the quote about not waiting for new ear's to make new goals. That's for the motivational blog, emoticon

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SMITTY4RL 10/3/2013 1:03PM

    What a wonderful blog, and I love the quote about making yourself proud! emoticon

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NONNAOF2 10/3/2013 11:53AM

  Great blog and what a great idea! :-)

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GINA180847 10/3/2013 11:27AM

    Thank you so much for that website. I will make use of it. I sure like that idea.

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SMILINGEYES2 10/3/2013 10:43AM

    So true. I am sure you have touched a chord with many of us. Best wishes this season. You can do it!

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PROPMAN1 10/3/2013 10:34AM

  Thank you! Think it's great you did that letter to yourself. Why is it not being delivered until November 15th? An important 'self' date? Just wondering. It's good to see that you are realistic about slipping now and then. Holidays make it very tough not to but think you've got the situation well under control. emoticon emoticon

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GOOSIEMOON 10/3/2013 10:32AM

    Another wonderfully written and helpful blog post!

Thanks, PIXIE!

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MSHEL7 10/3/2013 9:34AM

    Thanks so much for the post, this is a great idea!! Great blog. You are such an inspiration!!

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