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A Phone Call to the Past

One SparkPeople Member Encourages Her Former Self

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Yesterday was the last day of my first year on SparkPeople. Today is another day, and the beginning of the next chapter of my journey. Last night, I decided that I needed to stop and reflect on everything that has happened. And I gave a special person a call. I called my former self, Anne of 2009 and before. I just wanted to let her know a few things.
Talking to her was a little bit depressing. She sure wasn't in a good place. She was confused. But she was impressed. She was definitely in disbelief. I told her that it may seem unreal, but it's true. I let her know that her hard work and dedication WILL pay off. There's light at the end of the tunnel.

I started by telling her that she DOES have what it takes to do whatever she wants. That she CAN say what she wants to weigh out loud, instead of fearing it because she doesn't want to fail. I told her that though she WILL fail this year, she can get back up. It's her choice, and every day is a new chance to make the most out of her life.

I told her that she will go above and beyond anything she's ever dreamed of. She didn't know what that meant, because she didn't know how to make goals. I told her she would learn. I told her that she shouldn't be scared of failing.

To prove it to her, I told her I ran 6 races in 2010. She didn't really know what that meant either. She couldn't comprehend how far 5K and 10K really was, never mind what a half-marathon was. I told her that it is roughly 30 minutes, 60 minutes and 2 hours respectively. She couldn't believe it. So I sent her some pictures.
She said I looked good!

She wondered what had happened to Marc. Had I been starving the poor man? I of course explained that he also decided to get healthy and lost over 50 pounds. Together, we hit 100 pounds lost. She was pretty excited to see future Marc!
I told her that she doesn't have to starve herself or stop eating sweets. I just told her she needs to stick to it. Be consistent. Get some momentum and keep fueling your own fire.

She asked me how I would do that. I told her that she can always rely on her SparkFriends. They are the most amazing group of people, and they will be there day in and day out. I just made sure to let her know that she needs to check in every day, share her own journey with others and follow their advice! She would get so much out of it!

I also told her she would meet some of those friends in real life. She said she didn't believe me because she is way too shy. I told her it was for real. She would develop relationships with these people and really draw from their experiences and journeys.

I told her of some of the things she would learn to love: yoga, strength training, running, spinning, fruits, vegetables, etc.

I also mentioned that by the end of the year, she would have averaged about 70 minutes of exercise per day, with only 2-3 days of no workouts at all. She laughed in my face a little.

I told her she would be wearing a bikini at the beach during her summer vacation and she answered with "SHUT. UP!" Oh, and of course, I didn't forget to add that she would run on the beach in a sports bra and shorts. Oh, yes!

And that during that very vacation, she would exercise every single day!

I told her that I was actually planning to run a marathon now. She didn't know what the heck I was talking about. I had to explain to her what kind of training and dedication I will need to have.

She said she wants to be me now. She wants to have those long streaks now. She wants to be able to run miles at a time now. She wants her tush to fit into a size 6-8 jeans now.

And I understand. But I told her she needs to be patient. She needs to take it one day at a time, one decision at a time. I told her that she just needs to believe in herself. Believe that she is worth it and that she WILL be happy.

I, unfortunately, had to go (I got workouts to do and a house to clean, people!), but I think Anne of 2009 got the message. She doesn't know what she's in for, and she doesn't realize the extent to which she will change herself and her life over the course of her first year on Spark--just like I probably don't realize how far I will go by the end of my second year on Spark. The sky is the limit.

I hope that all of you, SparkFriends, will continue to share this journey with me. You guys are amazing, and I truly do consider you friends. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart!



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Member Comments

  • Thank you, thank you. You will never know how much this meant! God bless!
  • BILLTHOMSON
    Great inspiration to keep me trudging the road to healthy living.
  • Nice article. Very well written. Question: How angry was the sleeping person in the background,when he found out he was uploaded for all the world to see? lol
  • This is such an inspiring article. I was only yesterday thinking that maybe I needed to see quicker results. It's only been 40 days. Your article has made me see I need to be patient. Thanks for sharing!

  • This is a great article. I am so glad that I read it. I have a problem with thinking I can do it tomorrow, but I am 2 days of tracking (I had been reluctant to do it) and I am going to stick with it. Exercise is easy for me, but I am a junk food junkie at heart and tracking helps me see the reality. I must track before I eat. Problem solved. Now, just to keep the positive attitude and not throw in the towel.

    Thanks for posting this. You are a gem!!
  • LOVEXAVIE
    Your gift just keeps on giving!
    Even though you wrote this years ago, it was just what I needed to see right now, in January 2016.
    Thanks and all the best to you!
  • What an inspiring story! Thank you for sharing and congratulations on achieving so many of your goals.
  • This article has me in tears. I've lost and gained so many times over the past 40 years that I really don't believe in myself any more. I've bookmarked your blog and will read it over and over again. Thank you.
    Gail
  • TRIMNUP
    Congratulations on your journey well worth taking! You have earned your joy.
    Thank you for sharing it because your experience is quite encouraging.
    Everyone needs encouragement, positive perspective and hope. That's what I got out of your story. Thanks again!
  • ETHELMERZ
    Good article except for the "Journey", a "Journey" is usually more fun, and this is not fun!
  • Thanks for posting -- very motivating!! And congratulations on your hard work and success!
  • You are truly an inspiration and have given me hope on a day that I felt all was hopeless. I cant thank you enough for sharing your journey. Some days I feel like it's just too late for me (like today), but then something like your blog comes along to show me that all things are possible. THANK YOU!
  • I loved reading this article. Thanks for sharing.