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Friday, January 29, 2010

A letter from my future

This week's homework from the Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans is to write a letter from my future self - January 2011, to my current self about all of the accomplishments and pitfalls that I experienced in 2010. I've never done anything quite like this but here it goes......


Dear Beautiful Me,
You have always been beautiful even when the weight you carried both physically and mentally covered it up. I am so proud of you for shedding all of the extra baggage you were carrying in 2010. You were consistent with diet and exercise for the entire year and that is quite an accomplishment given your proclivity to on again off again exercise and healthy living. Adding strength training to your exercise routine has given you great muscle tone and definition, you look better in this new decade of your life than you did 20 years ago! The road was not always easy but you stuck it out despite a few setbacks, don't worry this happens to everyone but pick yourself up because you can do this!

Professionally, 2010 was quite a roller coaster. You took chances and were proactive about going after things that you were interested in doing. Although not every effort was successful, you kept in mind the saying that your mother told you repeatedly growing up: "Nothing beats a failure but a try!" Good for you for leaving your comfort zone, because you did opportunities that you never expected presented themselves.

On the home front you finally got around to doing some painting in the house. Although you were still unsure of the "vision" after two and half years you just painted utilizing the knowledge that changing the color is probably the easiest thing you can do if you don't like it. Your son has been thriving staying at home with you full time and kudos to you for finally spending a night away from him with your husband. A big accomplishment after such a long time!

Finally, you have inspired me to continue living the best life ever! You've taken charge of your health and by doing so have extended your life. You set a fine example for your family and friends but most importantly for yourself. Remember this during the difficult times and know that that they are only brief speed bumps in your journey. Again, I am beaming with pride - you've lost 50+ pounds, look and feel great and 2010 was just a snapshot of what the future holds for you.

I love you.

Me (the 2011 version)
Rethink Your Shrink, The Monday Project

24 comments:

Brooke said...

leaving that comfort zone is so hard. good for you for taking that first step out.

ps - if you're talking about painting the walls in your house a new color i wanna see pictures when your done. i <3 color. this is the 2nd house i've painted in 2 years. khaki is the most subtle i've gone - red the most bold. and the yellow is gorgeous!!!

Christie O. said...

congratulations, renee, on all your accomplishments!!!! (future me is telling future you!) you ARE amazing!!!

Sheliza said...

Loving it girl!! You are such an inspirational person. Now off to the gym for me :)

Stepfanie said...

I love this idea. What a great way to motivate yourself and to making the year count! Congrats on the weight loss so far and your success to come!

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Christy M. said...

Future Renee, you really ROCK 2010. Way to go, girl!

Present Renee, you are awesome. I'm so inspired by your drive!!

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Heather D said...

You've already come so far - can't wait to see all the great things you accomplish in 2010!

erin said...

Great letter Renee, kudos to you for getting the house painted (it is so hard to choose paint colors). What a great accomplishment, staying away for a night with the hubby, it is so to hard leave our little ones.

Karena said...

You are beautiful, inside and out, 2010 you and 2011 you. Wonderful letter!

Mom of 3 boys said...

I loved your letter. I especially liked how it was about all aspects of your life not just your health and fitness area.

Bari said...

I love your letter, Renee. 2010 and 2011 you are amazing, strong, beautiful women. Congrats to all you WILL accomplish this year!

Childhood said...

This is such a great idea! I love it! What better way to keep accountable to yourself than to pen it down in advance. You are so brave!

Janice - The Fitness Cheerleader said...

Wow! What a fantastic way to write out goals for yourself! I did a similar exercise in a sport psychology course in school - I've accomplished all of my goals & then some - I have no doubt that you'll be just as successful! Great job!

Tiffany said...

Great letter - 2010 has much greatness in store for you! So glad we get to take the journey together at the Sisterhood!

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You are truly a strong, amazing woman! You are going to rock in 2010.

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Diva Ma @ Mommy Fabulous said...

Loving the positive attitude and encouraging future you! I do want you to know that I have been working out much more regularly and you have unknowingly been a motivator. Seeing you on the commercial and watching you shrink was an Ah Haa moment for me that said that I can do that too! You are wonderful! Keep it up!

fly tie said...

hey lady! :-)

i'm not getting around nearly as much as i'd like to or used to, but i'm still reading your tweets on twitter when i'm over there lurking. (like tonight when i was tuning in to see the hilarity folks would say about the grammys. i fell out laughing when you wrote that your son came out dancing on doug e fresh. i could just picture it, ha!)

but anyway. i really like this exercise and just might do it myself. seems like it'd be inspirational and somehow freeing at the same time.

~Mendie~ said...

You are well on your way to having a great year! can't wait to cheer you on along the way!

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Ali said...

Terrific letter-so positive!

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I am trying to have more healthy snacks around the house as options.

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