Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Dear Krista
Happy 45th Birthday!

What a wonderful surprise to wake up to this:

Who would have thought the first FULL day of Spring would have brought this kind of weather.

But one of the best surprises was a visit to the scale. I told the kids, as I went to weigh in, that I was hoping for a total gone of 40. The scale showed 276.6 so the total gone since January 3rd is...
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Krista, 2012 has been a great year for you and your 45th year is going to be awesome too!!! WHY? Because you are making it so.

You still have huge financial struggles, you still have a crazy life with a large family, you still have two kids with ADHD that make things harder, you still are obese, you still have troubles with disorganization, you still have a shyness that makes social situations (and new things) hard and painful, you still have physical attributes that you HATE (the large feet, large thighs, bad vericose veins).

These things, and more, have kept you, in the past, from truly finding happiness and joy. Oh, you are a happy person but you found the happiness from other people and events. Weddings, births of children, watching children succeed, vacations, etc... You've never truly allowed yourself to find JOY because of you!

I can see and feel it changing.
In the past you'd fulfill your daily responsibilities for others first and if there was time (or energy) left over then you'd do something for yourself.
In the past you would use the excuse of little kids,daycare kids and being too busy get in the way of getting out of your own four walls and truly experiencing life.
In the past you've set so many weight loss goals. By the time I'm 18. By the time I'm 21. Before I get married. After the birth of my first baby. By the time I'm 30,35, 40 and even 45. Those goals have never been obtained!

Here you are at 45. Are you at the goal you set last year? NO! But you know what you're healthier physically and mentally now! You're making the changes! You've found your self worth. You're realizing that you truly have nothing to give to others unless you give to yourself first.

I'm liking you! You're becoming the person I knew was deep inside wanting out. I enjoy being able to smile when I see you in the mirror AND at times I even seek out those mirrors just so I can.

You're living life more! You're seeking out social situations instead of avoiding them. You've signed up for a 5k, a Sprint Tri and contemplating half marathon too.

As of today you are only 106.6lbs away from goal. You've lost a total of 48.4 from your high of 325. Of course, with today being your birthday, reflection is taking place and setting goals for the future. I know you can set the goal of being at goal weight by next year's 46th birthday.

Will you see 170lbs on the scale on March 21st, 2013? Maybe, I hope so. But if not I know you'll be close. But more importantly than the number on the scale you'll be stronger and healthier, both physically and mentally. You'll have had more adventure in your own life instead of living through your kids. You will have found the ability to truly be happy because of WHO you ARE and who you are still striving in becoming.

Have a GREAT snowy birthday! Have a FANTASTIC year! I can't wait to catch up with you in a year to see ALL the amazing successes you'll have achieved!

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    emoticon Krista hope u had a happy Birthday!! emoticon Blog!! I know u will do this!!
    2553 days ago
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    That is a wonderful letter to yourself - to follow up on a year of giving yourself the time, attention and care you deserve!
    2554 days ago
    What an AWESOME blog!! Such a fabulous way to give yourself the credit you deserve, congratulate your success and reaffirm you are DOING it!!

    I hope you had a WONDERFUL birthday!! And what an AMAZING victory of 40 pounds gone forever!

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    Comment edited on: 3/22/2012 11:41:43 AM
  • MOM23ES
    emoticon Happy Birthday emoticon - a day late. Forty pounds since the beginning of the year is amazing! Isn't it wonderful as that person buried deep inside starts feeling the sunshine on her face? Or in your case the snowflakes? Here is to a incredible year to come.
    2554 days ago
  • DEBLYNN323
    emoticon ....WOW, I wrote this same letter many years ago at 40! My birthday is Friday, and I'm not at goal yet, but I have had many accomplishments along the way as you have too! Congrats on your achievements so far! Enjoy your year and I'm sure you will be that much closer to goal next year! Keep working your plan!

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    2554 days ago
    Love this blog!

    Congrats on losing 40 pounds!!
    2554 days ago
    Your blog was amazing. I am so proud of you. Super losing 40 lbs. One step at a time. The greatest part is your healthier life style. You are an amazing person inside and out. You give so much love to others, it is important to also love yourself. I am sure you are surrounding by a wonderful that truly loves you. Who couldn't love you. Embrace life! You deserve it! Happy Birthday and March 2013 will see your wonderful progress this year.
    2555 days ago
    Wow Krista, I could have written this myself(two years ago). Such an inspiring letter. Thank you for sharing. And Happy Birthday!! Can we please have the rain back now. This was almost impossible to walk in!!
    2555 days ago
    Wonderful! Happy Birthday!
    2555 days ago
    Happy Birthday, Krista. You've come so far - your letter is so inspiring. The next 106.6 lbs will be a challenge but it sounds like you are up to it. YOU ROCK!

    2555 days ago
    Happy Birthday and Congratulations on all of the progress that you've already made. It sounds to me like you have a fantastic and exciting year ahead of you!
    2555 days ago
    Beautiful letter! Happy Birthday!!!! emoticon
    2555 days ago
  • MISSG180
    Happy birthday! You share a birthday with my mother!! It's a really good day for getting born!

    This letter is awesome. You are a wonderful inspiration!
    2555 days ago
    Happy Birthday! That is a wonderful letter - print it out and read it over and over.

    You have made amazing progress, and 45 is looking to be a wonderful year.
    2555 days ago
    Happy 45th Birthday!!! And congratulations on your terrific weight lose so far this year! emoticon

    2555 days ago
    Happy Birthday. Glad you lost 40 lbs so far!

    You want to talk about be feet. I have size 13 4E shoe size.(E = wide) Trying to find those shoes is almost impossible. I know what you are feeling.

    You bet you are a healthier person now! I know you can do it. One week at a time, one day at a time.... one step at a time. You will burn those lbs off and make a better and newer you!

    You are truly empowered! Lets make it to our goals together!
    2555 days ago
  • PATTYS74
    Krista what an awesome birthday letter to you. You are doing an amazing job of reaching your goal healthy Lifestyle. You are facing your problems and not eating to avoid them. You are becoming a whole new you and I am so thrilled that we get to enjoy this journey with you. Keep up the outstanding work...YOu are an awesome person....woohoo...
    2555 days ago
    Very, very beautiful blog Krista. You can do anything you set your mind to do , baby steps at a time. emoticon on your weight loss and Happy Birthday to you!!
    2555 days ago
    Love it. As I read this I am thinking about the scriptures and the mention of Joy. We are on this earth to have Joy. You know this. You are finding this. You are becoming the daughter of our Heavenly Father that he wants you to be.

    So glad we are on this journey together. I wish you a most awesome year. You are doing it.

    I hope that when the weather clears up we can meet in person. I hope that you will not feel awkward. I am looking forward to it.
    2555 days ago
    Woohoo, congatulations. Happy Birthday, wishing you health, happiness and wellness (which you have found). Way to go !!!!
    2555 days ago
    Wow, that's very powerful, Krista, I KNOW you can do it, and may all your dreams come true in the next 12 months.
    2555 days ago
    emoticon Happy Birthday and emoticon on the 48lbs.
    2555 days ago
    Happy Birthday! Great letter! Hope this is your best year ever! :) emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2555 days ago
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