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A Phone Call to the Past

One SparkPeople Member Encourages Her Former Self

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.
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  • 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! - 3/27/2015 9:52:38 AM
  • I loved reading this article. Thanks for sharing. - 2/4/2015 1:11:27 PM
  • MAYVEN26
    Great job! This was wonderful! - 1/8/2015 2:04:33 PM
  • Wow! This is an excellent blog! Bikinis, 5k's, etc. Very impressive & oh so inspirational! WAY 2 GO! - 11/13/2014 11:58:40 AM
  • Great idea! I wonder what 2016 Anne would say to you now????? - 6/4/2014 11:34:41 AM
  • Congrats. Awesome job on all your hard, hard, hard work persistance and dedication and committment.

    Way to Go!! You did it! YAY!!!

    Great Post Thank you for sharing.

    ((((HUGS))) and God bless you on the rest of your journey for life. - 5/1/2014 7:50:26 AM
  • This "letter" so touched me! I have been having a really rough time finding my groove...this was just what I needed!!!! Thank you so much and congratulations on your success!!!! - 4/22/2014 1:58:08 PM
  • Awesome well written article! You are such an inspiration and it is so cool that Marc made the journey with you! Thanks for sharing! - 4/20/2014 12:57:35 AM
  • I loved this article!!!! - 4/11/2014 8:15:10 AM
  • I told myself how proud I was of her for keeping on keeping on. It is worth it. - 1/26/2014 8:38:02 PM
  • I loved reading your story about your phone call. Such an inspiration and good idea. I once was asked to write a letter to the person that was the worst obstacle in your life concerning your weight loss. I wrote the letter to myself. I still keep that letter handy and read it ever so often. - 1/15/2014 2:36:56 PM
  • This actually brought tears to my eyes. What a great read for someone just starting out on their journey. Thank you for sharing. - 1/11/2014 11:14:10 AM
  • Great story! You look wonderful and I'm sure that you feel even better.
    Happy Thanksgiving! - 11/28/2013 7:34:44 AM
  • Thanks for sharing this wonderful story. It encourages me on my journey, which has been rough. Starting out strong but then slowing down and giving up. Gonna pick myself back up and give ti another go!!!! - 11/28/2013 7:07:59 AM
  • Great Story! Thanks!!! - 11/27/2013 8:04:25 PM

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