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Letter to Self

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

This is part of a letter I wrote to myself on 1/28/2019. I am now at my goal weight and trying to maintain. Today I read my letter, and I find it encouraging. Maybe someone else will also find it encouraging, so I thought I would share:

My weight is good right where I am. Oh yes, I’m still skating the edge of obese on the BMI. I’m still showing 30% bodyfat on the scale. I know I have more weight to lose. But I am comfortable. I like who I am right now. I no longer hate what I see in the mirror. I want to do good things for my body. I want to eat fruits and veggies and protect this body from macular degeneration and cancer. I don’t want to ramp up on carbs and sugar. I want to nourish my body, not stuff it full.

So this letter is to let me know that I like me right now. I am doing great. I can do it - I can get to my goal weight, and maintain. I can continuously improve my strength. There is no rush. I have the rest of my life to get to my goal and maintain. I have quit drinking diet coke, which is good for my bones and gives me a chance to get some of the benefits of the tea and herbal teas that replace the diet coke as my liquids. I can move on to the next phase of improvement, whatever that might be. Maybe it will be home organization. Or maybe something else. Just remember not to become obsessed and consumed by any one goal. Don’t spread yourself too thin. Don’t try to max the points on every challenge. Choose only what moves you towards your goals. Your goals. Not their goals, not the team goals.

It’s ok to take a break sometimes. Just don’t take a break from everything all at the same time. A break from cardio should mean careful calorie consumption. A break from strength should only be for a day or two. A break from restricted eating should not be coupled with a break from exercise. If you need a break, decide what kind of break you need. Get the recovery that you need from the break, and get right back on the program. You CAN do it.

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