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Falling For Fitness Challenge - Week Thirteen Update

Friday, January 18, 2013

The main challenge for this week is to write a letter to your future self about your journey so far. Here is the letter that I wrote to my future self. I hope this will be a valuable resource to turn to when I'm feeling stuck!

Dear Future Prairie_Mum,

It's January of 2013 and I'm writing this letter as part of the Falling For Fitness Challenge. Since joining Sparkpeople in April of 2009 I have lost 42 pounds and I am three sizes smaller! I never thought that I would be wearing size 10 pants and I absolutely never imagined that those pants could be getting baggy on me! Could I really be heading for size 8?

I have learned to stay away from convenience foods. They may be quick and easy, but they're bad news. I think I'll eat something like that "just this once" but it always turns into more than once and things quickly go downhill.

My 40th birthday was last year and I ran 5K for the first time ever! Again, that's something I never could have imagined a couple of years ago. I have found strength that I didn't know I had. I have learned how to set tiny little goals and celebrate every step of my journey. If you're feeling stuck, just remember how far you've come. You conquered seemingly impossible goals in 2012. Working up the motivation to exercise can be hard - it's my biggest challenge for sure but remember…you've done it before and you can do it again!

Your health matters. As I get older it becomes more and more important to take care of my body and to be a positive role model for my son. I never learned how to eat properly or how to incorporate exercise into my life. I want my son to grow up knowing how to nourish and care for his body so he won't struggle with his health.

Through much of my life, I have been a loner. I tend to keep quiet about my dietary choices and even quieter about exercising. I have discovered that staying connected to other people really helps me stay on track. In fact, that would be my top tip for anyone who is trying to lose weight and get healthy. Find people who you can relate to and connect with them. Stay accountable, get inspired by success stories and encourage others who are struggling.

Love your body! Fitness is not just for other people…it's for you too! Pick one teeny tiny little goal and go for it! You deserve to be healthy and it's worth every little bit of effort!

Be gentle and kind to yourself,
From the 2013 version of Prairie_Mum

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