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Dear Self:

Sunday, July 28, 2013

I just wanted to take a moment to tell you how proud of you I am! You've been doing a lot of great work lately and it shows! Just a little over 5 months ago you weren't getting any exercise at all and not concerned about changing your eating habits. But when a co-worker started a weight-loss competition, you took the opportunity to turn your life around! You took on your overeating and you have become a runner, going from absolutely no exercise to running a five-mile race yesterday! And that's your third road race with more planned! That's awesome... and the fact that you've been able to start running despite arthritis in your feet is just amazing.

More importantly, you've changed so many daily habits. You do yoga every day which is supporting every other goal... yoga takes care of the arthritis, keeps you flexible and manages the stress of a busy, challenging life. Tracking calories every single day has paid off with huge weight loss rewards. Five months ago you weighed about 224 pounds and struggled with many daily activities, basic yoga poses, and gentle exercise. Today you have lost more than 55 pounds and you are vibrant and full of energy. Don't get me wrong... there's always room for improvement, new goals, more progress to be made... but you have made so many positive changes that you should feel successful TODAY not just when you reach your "goal weight". Every day with forward progress is an accomplishment and worth celebrating.

So keep it up, Self. Take a look in the mirror and smile because you've created a whole new story for yourself. Instead of just thinking about how nice it would be to lose weight and get active, you've DONE IT. You have taken the steps to live a better, more empowered life. No looking back! This is your life so keep on living it every day to the best of your ability! Move forward with confidence, celebrating yourself every day.

With love,

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