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Dear BabySteps ...

Saturday, May 11, 2013

SparkCoach assignment for today:
"...your self-esteem needs to be built up, not torn down. What's so wrong with reminding yourself of how wonderful you are? Isn't that what you would do for a friend who needed a word of encouragement? ... Write yourself an encouraging letter ... You deserve to be treated with respect, encouragement and patience."

Boy ... was this a timely assignment this morning! I've had two days in a row where I've eaten pretty well for part of the day, then abandoned reason and moderation and given in to emotional eating. I was feeling quite down on myself as I slumped to the computer to account for the fiasco, but SparkGuy says there's a better way, so I'm giving it try today.

Dear Sal,

Look how far you've come! Wow! You've lost 30 pounds since last August! Isn't that amazing?!! You are feeling better and more energetic! You are a rock star when it comes to getting in your exercise! You are making better and better choices in the foods you eat, and those you'll leave behind!

You are learning to think like a thin person! You keep coming back to SparkPeople to find inspiration and friendship and encouragement ... and it is always there for you. People you don't even know will leave you messages of encouragement and praise, and you are trying to do the same for them!

Not all days are perfect, but you have been able to regroup, start again, and get back on track. You can do it again, and again, and again as you learn and gain strength. Resilience is a great quality to have, and you've exhibited the ability to bounce back from challenges and distractions. You can do it again.

And doesn't it feel great when you come off conqueror? When you end the day with lots of little successes? When you turn things around once again? You bet it does!!

So do it again today! You know you can do it! You can make a plan for success and you can work the plan. You can reach your weight goal! It may take years! But you can get there and you can maintain it! Even more importantly, you can be healthy and fit, feel good in your own skin, and even inspire others as you work toward your goals.

Never forget those baby steps. Babies fall from time to time. But they get up and try again! They don't sit around and mope, they don't whine and complain that it is just too hard, they just muster their strength and give it another whirl, usually with a grin and a giggle, lots of excitement, and a willingness to do what it takes to master the process.

Woo-hoo! Hang in there! Celebrate every step in the right direction! Smile!

With love,
Your own personal coach and best friend,
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    Good for you! You CAN do it :) I detected a change of mood while you were writing your letter, all for the good. Keep it to read again when you feel down, or write yourself a new one. You're good at writing motivational letters!!

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    1865 days ago
    Great blog and an important reminder - THANKS for sharing it
    1865 days ago
    wow, you are so right!
    1865 days ago
    So true.. thanks for the reminder.
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