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People like us, who are into health and fitness, apart from getting healthier and feeling better, all want one end result — to look good.
Slipping back into old habits
Sometimes, though, when we have achieved our goal, there’s a chance that we become complacent. Little by little, we start doing again the old habits that led us to where we used to be. Then, one day, we realize that we look like our old-selves again!
I’ve been there a couple of times myself. I felt that all my efforts had been wasted. What choice do I have, but to start all over again.
Right now, though, I’m maintaining a healthy weight. One day, I thought of something … Why not write a letter to my future self, just in case I’m — you know — getting fat again. I give an example of such a letter here.
A letter to my future self
I would like to congratulate you for coming this far. It’s been a long journey for you.
Can you remember the time when you first went to the gym? You looked in the mirror, turned sideways, and focused your attention at your big, bulging stomach. You said, “In 3 months it’s gonna be flat … 3 months.”
Well, it may have taken you longer than 3 months before you had a flat stomach, which you can be proud of, but it’s totally worth it, isn’t it?
So … just in case you’re getting fat again. I would like you to remember that moment when you looked into the mirror.
In short, don’t get fat because it takes a lot of effort to get where you are now. You feel and look a lot better, don’t you? Would you like to look like your old self again? Of course not! Keep on fighting! You’re a warrior!
You can write a longer letter if you want, or a short one like this:
“Oh my! Look at you, you’re getting fat again … No. No. No. You gotta look good for [insert name of your crush here].”
You can write it on a notebook or index card, or store it in a file somewhere in your computer (or cellphone). Just be sure to read it regularly (every week or every month, depends on you).
To think of it, the concept of “writing to your future self” can also be used in other areas of your life. For instance, it can be also be applied to other habits, such as writing, areas of life like relationships, or even simple tasks such as finishing a book. Your imagination is your only limitation.
Write a letter to motivate or inspire your future self; just in case you’re slipping into old habits again.