Dear 16-year-old Me

Have you seen this video?

I was out for a walk the other day and started to think about what I would tell my 16-year-old self.

At that point, I was tipping the scales at over 300 pounds. I was almost to the point of accepting that my only direction was to get heavier,

and heavier,

and heavier.

My wardrobe would multiply in size only because I would grow out of things. Like a growing child… except, my kind of growth was unhealthy. I was making choices that led to weight gain. Every extra pound would lead to a greater risk and a step closer to things like heart disease, diabetes, stroke, cancer, etc… along with the effects that you don’t always want to think about: ridicule, broken furniture, decreased ability to enjoy “fun” things like amusement parks and seats in a theatre.

Luckily, I was able to gather up every ounce of strength I had, and even some I didn’t know about, and make a major lifestyle change. 2 years and 133 pound lighter, I had a new lease on life. One that I never could’ve even imagined.

So here it goes…

Dear 16-year-old Me:
First of all, you are a beautiful person. Despite what the world tries to tell you, your character will get you further than a stylish outfit. Keep working on being the best person you can to those around you… even the ones that you don’t think deserve it. You have the power to touch the hearts and minds of many, just by being who you are.

Please know that food is not your best friend. You have people in your life that love you very much and can’t wait to spend more time with you and get to know you. Let them in. Hiding in the fridge or pantry will not help you to make memories. Quality time with loved ones and taking in new experiences do that. Seize opportunities and seek out that support that you so desperately need. People are there for a reason.

You are about to embark on a HUGE new journey, but don’t worry; you are stronger than you’ll ever know. It’s scary and hard to think about making changes in your life- like choosing to refrain from eating an entire cake or going for a walk with that extra hour in your day… but you can do this.

And don’t be in such a hurry to cross the “finish line,” because it doesn’t exist. You will be working on this the rest of your life. Take your time. Soak up all of the lessons you are about to learn. Nobody is expecting perfection, and you shouldn’t either.

Be kind to you- loving yourself is the first step. And you’ve decided to treat yourself better, to make your life longer and healthier. So you’re on your way.

Ready… set… HERE WE GO!

Love and mega cheers from Your biggest fan,
Staceabase

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Posted on May 7, 2012, in Emotional, Environmental, Intellectual, Physical, Social, Spiritual and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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