Monday, December 27, 2010

Time Capsule 2010: Visions of the Future

Did you ever make a time capsule when you were a kid? I did, and it's a great idea. I took an empty Quaker oatmeal cylinder and filled it up with stuff: some stickers and drawings of my favorite things, a piece of candy I liked, a story out of the newspaper, a lock of hair, a favorite toy (which is why I ended up opening it early... I wanted my toy back!) The best part was the little note I wrote to my future self. It went something like this:

Dear Future Self,

I am seven years old. You are older. I hope you are doing good in school. Maybe your hair grew. I want a parakeet so I hope you have one. I love bagels. I hope you have a horse. The end.

Signed,
Me, Your Old Self

Then, I sealed it all shut with tape, covered the outside with construction paper and the words "TIME CAPSULE" and "Do Not Open Til 1980!" It seemed so far off back then...

As a culture, we have a tradition of making resolutions that we begin on New Year's Day. A resolution is just an idea... a commitment we make to change some part of our lives or ourselves. It's a promise to try to *do* something that we want to do. It is a way of setting a goal and, hopefully, working towards it. And that's all fine and good, except that most people get busy, get tired of the effort, and forget about their resolutions by March.

Not this time.

I would like to suggest that instead of just a resolution, which can be easily faded in our minds and forgotten, we create a time capsule for ourselves with a vision of the future. In it, we place our current state, our hopes and dreams, our goals and plans to get there. We describe to our future self how we hope to be at the end of the year. As time goes by, we know in the back of our minds that our resolution or commitment is STILL THERE, lurking in that time capsule. It is not going away, it is not fading, and it is a standing testament of WHAT we wanted to do and WHY we wanted to do it. It is there to state HOW we will do it and BY WHEN. It is a commitment that cannot be forgotten, because we know in one year, we will open that time capsule and see just how we have done, instead of just forgetting about it and making another random resolution on the next New Year's Day.

I would like this blog post to become our time capsule. What is written here will stand through time. One year from this week, on December 30, 2011, I will link us back to this post so we can all look at our comments, just like opening a time capsule. What will you say to your future self? What will you think and feel when you come back and read them in a year?

To participate, please leave a comment stating some or all of the following:

Where you are now (this can be your weight, your physical condition, how you feel emotionally about yourself)
What you want to accomplish in 2011
How will you get there?
What do you hope to see for yourself on December 30, 2011? How are you different? How has your life changed?
A note to your future self.

Your note can be as detailed or as brief as you like. This can be a powerful thing. You will know in the back of your mind, all year long, that this time capsule is here and you did make a commitment to yourself. You will remember because it is real, not just a thought.

I hope you'll give this a try. You may find it more revealing and powerful thank you think.

Here's mine.

Dear Lyn,

I weigh 185 pounds today. I am really tired of being fat. I'd very much like to be closer to what I used to weigh before I lost my baby and started gaining all this weight. This really needs to be the LAST year for major weight loss.  I am ready to move on to maintenance.

I am sure I can do this. I have a good 30-35 pounds to lose and that is SO much more doable than any amount I have ever had to lose in the past! Focus...I have to focus, and get it done. I want to be there by the end of April.

By this time next year my puppy will be a big dog, hopefully a great partner in my new active life. I hope I had a year full of adventure: hiking, swimming, roller blading, strength training, dog sports, and a self defense class. I bet my knees will be SO much better. I will have so much more energy.

Future Lyn, listen to me. No food is worth the misery of obesity. It is just not worth it. You never want to go back, not even to this "borderline" overweight state I am in now. Just stay a normal weight, okay? You do not want to EVER have to diet again. Just eat healthy and be active and let the obesity be in the past. It's over, let it go, and be a new person. I love you.

Signed,
Your past self.

Your turn.

37 comments:

lisa~sunshine said...

I currently weigh 185lbs and started my journey of weightloss on April 2009.. My starting weight was 254 lbs.. I feel healthier but not as good as I will feel at goal. I have 35 -40 lbs to lose and I want to reach my goal by June 2011. I want a consistant workout in place. I want to continue weight training and also continue my jogging. I want to be able to jog a 5K and to feel good enough about myself to jog outside in public. I need to work on being kind to myself, loving myself and enjoying life to the fullest.. It is important to me to continue to teach my children to eat healthy. I want to be into maintenance and know how to keep my weight off by Dec 31st. 2011 I want to be able to deal with others who sabtoge my efforts and learn to be strong around them. I want to be proving those doubters wrong.. the ones who think I will regain my weight.. I've been heavy for my WHOLE adult life.. I was heavier than I am now when I got married.. was in highschool.. and when I got pregnant... I don't ever remember being able to shop at a normal sized womans store.. Nothing I eat is worth giving up any of these things.. I'm already enjoying so much and I have plans to be done with weightloss and to be feeling even better at the end of 2011..
I can't wait to reread this time capsule with you Lynn.. thanks for the awesome idea and i know we will both reach our goals this year...

Elemi said...

Hello to End-of-2011 Me!

I hope that you are slender and strong, that you have gained flexibility and lost inches. I hope you have amazing energy, that you sleep well, that you feel happy when you wake up.

I expect that for that to happen, you have taken up a regular, fun exercise program, and that you have cut way down on the sugar and carbs and possibly dairy. I expect that you think thankful, positive, and loving thoughts towards others and yourself.

I hope you are enjoying life, being creative, and living in peace.

Love,

The Me of December 2010

Lynne said...

THANKS LYN for keeping things very REAL and very REALISTIC. Hard work, careful thought, hard work. It's all possible!

Happy Puppy-dom!

Colleen said...

Dear future self,

Today I weigh 162 lbs. That is the least I've weighed in my adult life. I caught my reflection in a store window today and did a double take. For the first time perhaps ever I saw someone on the thinner side of normal, rather than the chunkier side.

I've spent the past month losing and regaining the same 4 lbs. because I am scared to weigh less. This year is the year to stop being scared.

I don't want to be scared to hit the gym hard and often. The last time I did so, the person I was dating used that time to chat online with the person he was cheating on me with. I know that it's a nonsensical association but I will break through the fear that spending time on myself means getting cheated on.

I am not going to be scared to be a thin person. I am so used to being a work in progress. I want to be complete, at least physically. I want to worry about being stronger and faster rather than smaller and thinner.

I want to be able to devote the energy I currently spend on dieting to hobbies that will make me happy, rather than this necessary but laborious weight loss process. I want to overcome my fear of regaining by actually maintaining my weight this time instead of regaining like I did this year.

And I hope somewhere in the middle of all this I will be happy.

Sincerely,

Colleen, 2010 version

Cupcake Quandry said...

As of today, I weigh in at 189lbs, and although I'm feeling good from the 30lbs I've lost, I'm still tired, achy and out of shape. I'm not feeling the love for myself right now- shopping isn't fun, eating out is awful, I'm just not comfy in my own skin. I need to loose another 20lbs or so to be down into my happy zone, so for this year, I would like to do that. All through University I sat around and didn't try and loose the weight, and now that I've had some success I want more. I'm sick of being fat! I have my gym membership, so my plan is to go a minimum of 3 times per week. I will meal plan and continue to eat healthy. I will try (try) to cut down on coffee.

When I read this in December 2011 I want to say that I've done those things. That I'm down those pounds, and that I finally feel comfortable in my own skin. I want to be able to deal with eating out, and be able to enjoy the holidays without binging or feeling guilt.

Future self, you can do this! Don't lazy out! You have a support net, even though you think you don't, and might feel like you are all alone. You just need to go out there and find some new friends who understand and will help you.

Renee said...

Where you are now (this can be your weight, your physical condition, how you feel emotionally about yourself)

Hi future me,

I currently weigh 290 on my scale, 285 on the gym scale. i can walk a mile and a half in just over 32 minutes, I'm SO PROUD of myself for starting and keeping up on this journey they last few months. My knee still bothers me a bit from falling, I obsessing track everything on sp, and I'm a bit bummed that at 50 pounds lighter, you can't really tell.

What you want to accomplish in 2011

I'd like to get to onederland in 2011. Unrealistically, I'd like to get to 120 more gone. By June 1st, i'd like to weigh in the 240's so i can enjoy the summer vacation plans.

How will you get there?

I'm going to stay on sp, continue my three months at the gym and keep walking and lifting at home after that.

What do you hope to see for yourself on December 30, 2011?

I'd like to walk a 15 minute mile by next NYE. I'd like to have a tucked in shirt. And I'd like to buy clothes at a regular store.

How are you different?

I hope I am different by being more confident and having more friends.

How has your life changed?

I want to be healthy and a good example for my kids. I want to lead by example and inspire them to be healthy too.


A note to your future self.

whereever I am on this journey, I am proud of you..hopefully you are down at least 10 pounds, really...hopefully at least 50 or 60. I hope you take more chances, laugh more, and not be so afraid all the time.

Love, your former self

KS said...

Dear KS:

Right now you are still learning how to have a healthy relationship with food and your body. You wear a size 16 and weigh about 193 pounds.

In 2011, I hope you continue to learn to cope with your emotions and not use food as a drug. I hope your body reflects that, and becomes thinner and healthier.

I hope you also find ways to incorporate exercise into your daily life, and find a good work/self/family balance that doesn't make you feel guilty.

On Dec. 31, 2011, I hope you are enjoying your little family, thinner, healthier, happier, and a longer way toward a healthy relationship with food and yourself.

Love,
KS

wahoostampingirl said...

Today I weigh 135 lbs. I'm so happy to have finally reached my goal weight after 3 years and 115 lbs. I can do so much and I'm proud of my accomplishment. I take weight training classes twice a week and I do an hour of cardio most days of the week. At 43, I'm in the best shape of my life. I want to always remember this feeling I have right now. Most of the time, I feel strong and attractive.

However, I never believed that I could be thin and fit and sometimes even now, I look in the mirror and I see the parts that are squishy and even still a little fat and it can be depressing. In 2011, I want to continue to improve my fitness level and to quiet the voice that says "hey, your tummy is still too big". I want to really believe that my body is good the way it is now.

Future self, 2011 will be a big year for you. It will be the first year ever of maintenance. It will be the first year of buying the same size clothes every season. It will be the year you take ownership of this new body that is so strong. I hope you thoroughly enjoy the year and participate in new experiences that might have been out of your reach at 251 lbs.

See you later, Gator
Love, your 2010 self

Sandra said...

OK, here goes (Thanks all the way from Australia, Lyn!)

Today I weigh 161lbs. I have put on about 14lbs during 2010. I can count the number of workouts I have done on the fingers of one hand...not good.

I do not want to feel this way again in a year's time.

I want to weigh 132lbs this time next year.

To do this I will go back to basics and make wise choices about what I eat. I will fight the sugar demons day after day, because this isn't just about a number on the scale, it's also about poisoning myself with sugar and overly processed and refined foods that do not nourish me.

This time next year I will be fit and full of energy. I will look good in my clothes and accept every invitation that comes my way because I will not be ashamed of how bad my clothes fit.

I will work out with weights on a regular basis and I will be living my dream of becoming a runner...

Future self - the feeling of achievement and self confidence you will feel will be nothing like you've experienced before. You have a strong support network and you know where to find it.

Can't wait to see you/me then!

The second-rate version of me (circa 2010)

als said...

Lyn, this is such a great idea -- thank you! Here's mine:

Dear als,

I hope December 30 of 2011 finds you happy, healthy, and still doing what you love to do. I hope you’ve lost the (at least) 50 pounds you aimed for, and CAN fit back in to all your beautiful dance costumes that are currently too small for me in 2010. I hope that getting out to run/bike/swim/exercise in general is second nature to you, rather than the struggle it is for me, and that you can finally squat/kneel/go down easily for floor work and get back up without struggling.

Remember back to where I am now: 238 pounds, relatively inactive (especially when there are no dance classes in session) with foot problems, and occasional hip and knee problems. Remember how I used to be a lot more flexible without all the bulk in the way? I’m looking forward to getting back to that point.

From where I am now, these goals seem pretty daunting: Lose 50 lbs or more; build back up to running on a regular basis; enter and complete a 5K event- possibly even a 10K; ride my bike to work at least once a week during the summer and late fall. These goals aren’t out of reach, though, and I WILL do what I can to achieve them!

I will continue to use the MyPlate tool at Livestrong.com to track intake/exercise, and I will continue to blog regularly to stay accountable. I will use the Cto5K and/or Cto10K plans to build up to running again, and then find a local run and enter it. I will plan and practice a route to work on my bike on the weekends, and will figure out the best times to actually doing it during the week.

I hope you’re looking at these “daunting” goals of mine and shaking your head with the thought: “That really wasn’t as hard as I thought.” Or “Yes it was hard but I DID it!” No matter what, I will try to make it so you can look back on all of 2011 and say with certainty, “that was a good year.”

Love, als

Barbara said...

Dear Future Self,

Today I am 26 years old and weigh about 255 pounds. I've already lost about 25 pounds, the best I can remember doing. I'm so close to the first 10%, but everytime I get close, I seem to fall off the horse. The person reading this in a year will not have that same problem. You will be strong and fit and finally put yourself first. YOu will have made steps in realizing food is fuel, not reward, and that your body is worth treating well. You will know its not ok to lay in bed because of heartburn, tired for no reason because you don't take care of yourself. You won't pass up opportunities to go shopping or do activities because you'd rather lay on the couch watching TV. You will finally realize that you don't need to apologize for taking up space and existing- you deserve it as much as anyone else. And if in a year your job still feels like torture- if you still feel stuck and frustrated every day, you will give yourself permission to look into alternatives. I'm proud of you. YOu have made some amazing changes and will stick to them. I imagine you yoday being in onederland, even if its just 199. You still have a ways to go, but you are awesome. Keep it up!

Love, Barbara

Shan said...

I love it!

Dear Slightly Older Me:

Hello, it's your 234.4 lb previous self. You know how much I hate resolutions. I never stick to them. I hope you do!
The end of 2010 left me with a new high weight since I lost 120 lbs. I'm about to lose my "100 lb lost!" status, and I don't like it.

When you read this, I hope to find you better than I am today. Wouldn't it be a hoot if you were in the "normal" weight range? I can't even imagine it, to the point, that I won't even quote that as my weight-loss goal. I pray you are a braver woman than I am. Take this journey by the horns and control IT!
You are far too wonderful to allow such a beast control you.
Also, by now, you should be finished with a few more college classes. Take a deep breath, we're almost there! I'm so proud of you for sticking with it and committing to that degree. I know it's just a piece of paper, but honestly, it represents so much more.
It represents you overcoming obstacles. Just like this weight I'm carrying around.
Well, that's all for now. See you in a bit!

Your old self :)

Steph said...

Thanks, Lyn, for a great idea!

Rebecca said...

Okay, here goes...

Dear 2011 Me,

Here we go! My plan for you this year is to STOP eating our feelings! Eating huge amounts of things that are bad for you isn't going to change anything. It's not going to make it not have happened and it's not going to bring anyone back. It is what it is and ruining your body makes things worse, not better. Remember that, feel the feelings, work thru what needs worked thru and move forward.

Currently, I'm an uncomfortable size 18. Since scales make things worse rather than better, I don't have a starting weight, but the plan is to get to a comfortable size 12. Experience says a 10 means eating close to nothing at all, so 12 it is. It is perfectly do-able for you, 2011 self, to be a size 12.

To get there, I will use my Wii fit to work out, utilizing the personal trainer ap. I've got a daily planner that I will be using to write down *everything* I eat so that I can't cheat on myself. I will make better food choices - foods that will benefit me physically. Green foods, natural foods, more plants are high priority. Simplicity is the key, because I know anything complicated won't be stuck to for long.

2011 self, I hope you've stuck to our plan and are where we need to be, where we want to be. I know you can do this and be proud of yourself!!

Love,
2010 Me

Val N. said...

Today, Dec. 28, 2010, I weigh 215 pounds. 2010 has been about starting the journey in a serious way, learning the truth about myself and learning to love myself. 2011 will be about meeting goals and showing the world what I have learned.

By this time next year, I should have my BSN, and have met my semester weight loss goals. I'll have worked out religiously, and have been able to step up from the U gym to joining Crossfit after graduation.

I shall be more fit, more confident and kinder to myself at age 41 than at any other time in my life so far.

Stay on track with your plans to meet your goals, girl. Everything you want is possible, plausible and positive. You are stronger than you think.

2010 me.



Thanks, Lyn

Anonymous said...

Lyn-this is an amazing idea! Here's mine!

Dear Future Me,
I know you've had a difficult year, and that 2011 promises to be just as hard (I need brain surgery, DH starts his cancer treatment, my mom is in a wheelchair, I help care for her.)

BUT, you must stop and take care of yourself. You've gained 10 pounds in just the last two months (I'm in early/premature menopause).
Especially needing brain surgery, you need to be in the best shape you can be in beforehand.

Self, you are going to take inspiration from Lyn, and we are starting Medifast in January. I weigh 270 (OUCH!), and am so ashamed of myself.

I know it really isn't my fault (I gained 100 pounds very quickly due to a pituitary tumor which left me an endocrine disorder.) But I'm left with all this excess weight, which has been impossible to lose, and I'm so scared now that it's affecting my knees. (My doctor recommended Medifast.) I'm only in my 40's, I am following my mother's path (she is also morbidly obese, and is disabled as a result.) I am ashamed of the person I am.

Self, you can still turn things around and not wind up like your mother!!!!! Diabetes, a stroke, and a cane do NOT need to be in your near future!!!!

I am 100 pounds away from getting my life back. I have done many difficult things in my life, like putting myself through law school, working my way through college, losing 40 pounds and keeping it off for 20 years (yes, I did!) I survived being abused as a child (both by my mother and by bullies at school), severe infertility, two brain tumors (the one that must be removed is not the pituitary tumor, which is an easy surgery, but actually a regular tumor that is stuck to the lining of my brain. I am terrified at having my skull cut open!)

OK,2011 me--yes, you'll be through early menopause, which is hard. BUT, I am hoping that you have lose at least most of the 100 pounds. I am hoping that you came through brain surgery PERFECTLY. I am hoping that you have the energy to be a great mom to your little boy and care for your house again. I pray that you can have fun again without hurting every day--you used to love to dance, to walk, to have fun...things that are now clouded by pain or just plain impossible.

I pray that you have stayed with Medifast and gotten your life back. I am praying so hard that you won't ever become your mother.
There is still time to turn things around.

But this is your last chance.

Love, Maria

Anonymous said...

Lyn-this is an amazing idea! Here's mine!

Dear Future Me,
I know you've had a difficult year, and that 2011 promises to be just as hard (I need brain surgery, DH starts his cancer treatment, my mom is in a wheelchair, I help care for her.)

BUT, you must stop and take care of yourself. You've gained 10 pounds in just the last two months (I'm in early/premature menopause).
Especially needing brain surgery, you need to be in the best shape you can be in beforehand.

Self, you are going to take inspiration from Lyn, and we are starting Medifast in January. I weigh 270 (OUCH!), and am so ashamed of myself.

I know it really isn't my fault (I gained 100 pounds very quickly due to a pituitary tumor which left me an endocrine disorder.) But I'm left with all this excess weight, which has been impossible to lose, and I'm so scared now that it's affecting my knees. (My doctor recommended Medifast.) I'm only in my 40's, I am following my mother's path (she is also morbidly obese, and is disabled as a result.) I am ashamed of the person I am.

Self, you can still turn things around and not wind up like your mother!!!!! Diabetes, a stroke, and a cane do NOT need to be in your near future!!!!

I am 100 pounds away from getting my life back. I have done many difficult things in my life, like putting myself through law school, working my way through college, losing 40 pounds and keeping it off for 20 years (yes, I did!) I survived being abused as a child (both by my mother and by bullies at school), severe infertility, two brain tumors (the one that must be removed is not the pituitary tumor, which is an easy surgery, but actually a regular tumor that is stuck to the lining of my brain. I am terrified at having my skull cut open!)

OK,2011 me--yes, you'll be through early menopause, which is hard. BUT, I am hoping that you have lose at least most of the 100 pounds. I am hoping that you came through brain surgery PERFECTLY. I am hoping that you have the energy to be a great mom to your little boy and care for your house again. I pray that you can have fun again without hurting every day--you used to love to dance, to walk, to have fun...things that are now clouded by pain or just plain impossible.

I pray that you have stayed with Medifast and gotten your life back. I am praying so hard that you won't ever become your mother.
There is still time to turn things around.

But this is your last chance.

Love, Maria

401Sue said...

Dear 50yr old Sue,

That's right! You turned 50 last month. You have spent the last year taking care of your body and mind (finances too! I hope) You are in a very good place. You love going to the gym with Michael and Allie. You always feel much better when you are done. You should be at your goal weight by now.
As far a s family...God bless UB. I pray for you that all went well.
I also want to bless Lyn,She is the reason why I feel good about myself. She gets me! (I think she is me sometimes!?!?)
Happy and Healthy new year!
Love,
Me

Beth said...

Today is the first day of my journey. Today is the first day on MF. I lost 30 pounds on it in 2009, but gained 20 back. I will be 43 this year. I have spent the last year learning about why I have used food as a drug since about the age of 10. I feel that, through lots of therapy, I have opened most or all of the old doors - even the most painful ones. I am in a good place now. I have a loving husband, a job I love and three happy, thriving kids (11,17,20) Somehow, (although there are no coincidences...) I found this blog yesterday. Hmmm... I am so blessed and grateful.

Today I weigh 231. I am going to follow MF for at least the next 3 months. My visions for spring/summer are to fit into some favorite clothes, to take my daughter to swim team practice and softball practice and not hide in the car, to not hide in my house and send my husband to the store, to take walks in the park (with my overweight golden retriever) and to feel the sun on my face as I sit by the pool I'm going to join (haven't put on a bathing suit in 3 years)... and to maybe take a beach vacation (the thought!) and take a walk along the ocean edge... I want to feel confident and pretty in front of my ex-husband and his wife (cannot lie... this is important to me) and in front of my friends. I want to be a better wife and a mom that my beautiful 11-year-old daughter will be proud of.

By Christmas of next year, I want to have had the healthiest year of my life. I want to have given away all of my clothes above size 18. Maybe I'll even sing again.

Please listen to me self. You have suffered this gut-wrenching addiction for long enough. Your body hurts, your soul is tired. It is time to find your self again. Maybe for the first time. Don't give up. Let people in. It is good to FEEL and not spend your life in a food coma. There is no food that is worth you crumbling to its power. You are stronger than that. I promise to love you and be gentle through the hard times.

It is time. It is truly time!!!

Sam's Minions (aka parents- Angie and Brian) said...

I currently weigh in the 190s, but hope to see myself in the 150s when I read this. I will be in the best shape since college.

I will be a marathoner by the end of 2011. I hope to have completed 2 races and starting to train for my third (to be completed in March 2012 in GA). "You are a runner. That's what you do."

I want to not be afraid to wear spandex. I don't want anyone else to be afraid either. :)

I want my son to be doing very well and super happy for a 33 month old. I want him to have parents that are healthy and can keep up with you.

I want to continue to have a strong marriage and relationship with my wonderful husband.

Angie, 2010 version

Lyn said...

You guys have such wonderful visions for yourselves! SO full of hope... makes me tear up a bit :)

Anonymous (Maria)~

I am praying for you too! I pray and hope sincerely that your surgery goes perfectly. You have a lot going on and I do wish you much peace and strength to get through it all. Please, if you need any help or support with the Medifast or *anything* else, I am just an email away! I would love to help you and support you any way I can, and would love to hear how you are doing, too. HUGS!

401Sue~

Thank you for the lovely blessing! I really appreciate it :)

vanessa said...

This was a great post! Will write a letter to myself for my personal blog tomorrow. Thank you Lyn.
www.meandpinkyphat.blogspot.com

violinista said...

What a great idea--putting your goals and dreams in a "time capsule" so that we can remember and still be inspired by what we want to do to better our lives, and also be accountable to ourselves through remembering and living those goals.
I, too, will write about this in my own blog probably in more detail. In general, I'd like to see myself become more disciplined
in my own profession (violinist), as well as maintain a healthier lifestyle by running more throughout the week and eating healthier every day. I'm blessed to not have dealt with any weight issues throughout my life, but that's not through any hard work or doing of my own--simply genetics. Now that I'm older (28), age is catching up with me and I'm discovering the importance of maintenance. Healthy living--like most other things--is obtained through perseverance and hard work--and that's what I hope to achieve in 2011...and beyond!

Love your blog and you are such an inspiring and strong woman. Praying for your goals and dreams to be a reality this coming year:)

Vee and the Kid said...

That's a good idea. My thoughts for my life, this time next year, can barely contain excitement. So many things to change and explore, getting my son stabilized, and ... well, just so much! Vee at http://veegettinghealthy.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

Fabulous idea: Here is mine. Thanks for doing this.
Dear Almost 2012 You:
Although as you wrote this you were at a weight you had not been in 20 years or so, and should be proud you are still not rid of all of your unwanted pounds. You were still staring at the picture from those days at 137 or so pounds and long to be at that weight again. (Even though back then you thought you were overweight too) You are sick and tired of thinking about losing weight all the time and just want to get this part of the journey over with.
When you read this in December 2011you will hopefully have realized that goal and finally feel good about it. Remember you are 52, not 22 anymore. 137 pounds is a good weight.
You will have gotten here by keeping the focus that got you down 64 pounds. Keeping your life in balance and in control instead of letting yourself spiral off course like in the old days of being a yoyo. You have gotten here by staying diligent daily with exercise and food journaling. If you have an off day, as you have had over the last few years of this journey, you WILL NEVER have let that off day turn into off days. You will keep jumping back on the train and take it all the way to 137.
When you get there- You will be grateful that you had the inner strength to stay the course and the support of your husband and friends to get there. You will have rewarded yourself when you get to your goal, with healthy rewards, not with chocolate cake. You will be ever so grateful that you can spend your 20th anniversary with your husband and not feel ashamed of how you look when you go out to celebrate. You will always remember that going back cannot be an option because it is miserable to be there.
In December of 2011 you will be saying the weight loss part of the journey is finally behind you for the rest of your life. You will be comfortable with the daily routines you have incorporated for the next part of the journey which will take you through the rest of your life.
With hope and strength,
Your 150 pound old self.

spunkysuzi said...

Right now i know i'm not accomplishing what i know i am capable of. I dig deep and do what i need to do only to slack off and gain back what i've worked so hard to accomplish. This has to stop.

2011 is going to be my best year, i turn 50 and when i read this comment on December 30 i will smile because i'll know that i had what it takes to get it done and i did it!! I want to stick around for a while for my family and for any future grandkids that i may have. I want to live my life to the fullest and if i keep on doing what i have been doing i won't be around to do that.
On December 30, 2011 i will be getting ready to put on a very sexy dress and getting ready to celebrate what a great year my husband and i had. Knowing that 2012 will be yet another great year. I will feel confident in the choices i make and know that it's the little choices that add up to a fantastic year.
I will be at peace with myself and i will love myself which at times had been hard to do.

Leah said...

This is amazing! I am going to do this on my blog tomorrow, and will link here to yours. What a great idea!

kindlifeofleah.blogspot.com (if you want to see the post!)

--Leah

LHA said...

Lyn, what a wonderful idea! I am going to write my letter more completely and keep it in my journal for next year, but here are the highlights:

To my 12/31/11 self: I hope you have accomplished the goals of exercising regularly and are more mobile and agile that one year ago. Other goals that you hopefully have reached are: continuing to be comfortable with food and eating moderately; being a more patient and kind mother to your child who is chronically ill; continuing to learn and teach others about that illness; keeping up your nutritional and other therapies; love and accept yourself; finally, have more FUN!

Hoping for a great 2011 for all of you out there.

Kim said...

Hi Lyn,
Brillant idea!!!
Thank you!!
I've never had a time capsule before so this will be my very first one.
I am currently 251 lbs I fell off the wagon. But this will be my last fall I got it this time. In August of 2011 I want to be able to walk a mile and not feel like I can't breathe. I also want to wear a dress or a skirt and not feel my thighs rubbing together so embarassing. On Dec.30, 2011 I want to weigh in at 189lbs. I believe in you because you never gave up on us. What didn't kill us only made us stronger.. I love you and you are somebody. I told you not to believe the nay-sayers.
Note to past self...... I never gave up on you and I never will. In a world where you could be anybody or anything it was always best to be yourself. Love you always your number one fan..
your past self
Kudos to you Lyn, this did take me to a place.
The inner me is the one that is always being forgoten until now.

Brandi said...

This is awesome!

Today I weigh 131 lbs. I feel good about that, but want to tone up and get in better shape.

My goals for 2011:
Continue eating low carb
Continue to stay cigarette free
Get back into exercising 3+ times/week
Run a 5K
Wear a bikini on my beach trip this summer
Wear 8s (or maybe 6s?!) without muffin top. lol
Get a new job that I LOVE!
Get my family more active

Dear 2011 gym rat me,
I am proud of all that you have accomplished in 2010. You lost 37 lbs and lowered your blood sugars. One year from now, I can't wait to see what you have done and marvel at how much healthier you are!

Much love,
2010 Me

Leah said...

-Today I weigh 156.8, and exercise about 400 minutes a week of cardio and Curves. I feel pretty good about how I look, but I'm not quite to my ultimate goal yet.

-I want to get to my goal weight of 135 (or higher if I change it). I also really want to up the intensity of my workouts, since I will have less time to spend on it.

-I will stick to Weight Watchers 100%, and also try to focus more on whole foods and cooking my own meals. I will check out the university gym, and try to go right after class.

-I see myself at my goal weight, thin and beautiful. Also I will be toned up and healthy. Mostly, I see myself as happy and proud of myself.

Anonymous said...

Dear Future Self,

Today I weigh 165 lbs. and I hope to be at 140 by Dec. 2011, but I will certainly settle for 150. I don't want to go above 150 again if I can help it. I definitely DO NOT feel good about myself, physically and emotionally, at any weight above 150.

I really didn't accomplish much as far as goals during 2010 (nor did I set any for myself - I think I kind of gave up on myself!) so I really hope to accomplish my physical goals (lose weight, become more fit) and have more patience with my children. They are so adorable at 7 & 9 and the time is passing too quickly to not enjoy every second with them!

Here's to a great 2011, future self!

Jenny

MargieAnne said...

Dear Anne,

As I sit here writing knowing I should be outside walking, I'm hoping you are a lot more active as 2011 comes to an end than I currently am

You have enormous potential to lead a far more active and exciting life and I want you to realise some of that potential in the coming twelve months. Many people have spoken encouraging words to you over the years and it seems to me that you are making a rather late run at accomplishing anything significant. It's my hope that you have made some progress toward improving your health.

Strictly limiting your consumption of starches and sugar is imperative. I'll be very disappointed if you haven't done this consistently throughout the year. You are doing this to improve your health so the end result is entirely in your hands. I'll be interested to know how you got on during the month you chose to go dairy free. It sounds like a difficult thing to do so my congratulations if you achieved it. I wonder whether there were any significant health benefits.

My current weight is 96 kg/211 lbs. In 2010 you managed to lose more than 10 kg or 22 pounds. I hope you've been able to double those figures for 2011. You could weigh 76kg/167lbs or less. I've also looked at your walking goals and see that you want to build your fitness and walk at least one half marathon. This is a great goal and I look forward to seeing how you did. I think you'll have found the energy to do some weight and stretching exercises to to improve your body and your general health.

I know you have a few other concerns especially around family relationships, your marriage and general health. I believe you will do your best to heal yourself and those around you. Your greatest hope is in God. There will be opportunities during the year to experience spiritual growth and personal development.. I'm sure you will make the most of those opportunities.

BUT.... the one thing I am hoping you have done is become a more an integral part of Crossroads Fellowship. It's high time you worked at developing your personal times with Jesus. 2011 is your year to re-establish good habits, even better than before. All life stems from Him. He is the water of life and as you spend time in His presence so you will be filled and satisfied to overflowing. Life is a spiritual journey and nothing useful can be accomplished except you “Seek first His Kingdom.'

My question tonight is, 'Have you made the best of all the opportunities that came your way in 2011?
Have you used your time wisely?”

Right now I'm plagued and worried by financial constraints. I'll be very interested to see whether you have been able to improve this situation. The solution is in your hands. You can manage this if you choose to. I'm hoping you will because new clothes in smaller sizes are going to be required both during the year and in the future.

Anne, you are a creative person. I wonder how many things you have finished that you began with enthusiasm and now languish, packed away in the cupboard. I am smiling as I imagine looking at the finished things piled on the table. I really think this year you can tidy up a lot of loose ends, unfinished projects and more.

You are going to go ahead in leaps and bounds and there are going to be some writing achievements too. Will you up-date your New Zealand Diary frequently? I'd love to see you write most days. What about practicing writing short stories, I know how capable you are in this area but you do need practice. And what about the book of poems with photos and illustrations? I wonder if you've taken it off the back burner.

It's going to be very interesting to read this in twelve months time. Many things happen during a year and we can have no knowledge of them now.

I commit this letter to be opened at the end of 2011.

With love from Me.

Jennifer said...

I'll be writing myself a note tonight.

Thank you for the inspiration!

Gin22464 said...

Dear Gin-
12/31/11--
You are currently driving 80 miles each way to/from work. You would like to hyave your house sold & the other house in order with your son & daughter in law settled in it. You weigh 164 lbs. & have gained & lost the same4lbs since August 2010! You will re-focus & loose the rest of this fat! You will do the C5K & start running. You will get off all the diabetic medication & control your glucose with diet & exercise! By June 2011 your goal is to be at 140 lbs! Wow, you haven't seen that is a long time! You are putting off starting your new business due to the fact that you are a little scared of failure & putting yourself out there! Just do it girl, you have what it takes!
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By this time next year, I hope you are at your goal weight & eating & maintaining healthy! No more diabetic medication. You are running at least once a week! You only own 1 house now & your son & daughter-in-law are taking care of it for you! You are enjoying your time with your grandchild(ren?)& have a job closer to home that you love! Your business is doing well & you are loving all the great people you are meeting with confindence! You did it Gin, I knew you could! YOU GO GIRL!

Love & happiness,

2011 Gin

Hanlie said...

Dear Future Self

I don't know what I currently weigh, but it's far too much and I feel very uncomfortable in my own body.
I am starting 2011 with major health problems - adrenal exhaustion, depression, and apparently a touch of rheumatism - and high hopes of getting better. Strangely enough, this is not a call for me to do more, do better and work harder, but a call to do less and be still. To REST.
I admit that I am scared to uncover some of the truths that are just lurking in my quietness, but I am surrounding myself with people who will not let go of my hand.
I want to make 2011 a year of love, patience and understanding. Understanding what makes me tick both emotionally and physically.
In other areas, I want to start my own online business and I want to find a hobby or passion that will get me out of the house a bit and make me feel ALIVE.
As for the unhappy work situation I'm in right now, I want to walk away and forget it as soon as possible. I know that I need to let go of the resentment and the feeling of being wronged. I am on my own path and it diverges from theirs at this point. There is no need to keep going back, in body or in spirit.
When I read this again, I want to be amazed at how far I've come in one year.
Love,
Hanlie

Laney said...

Dear Future Laney,

2010 was a big year: you spent a semester in Barcelona, watched your parents get separated and then divorced, had major knee surgery and created some amazing moments with your roommate.

Let's make 2011 even better, okay?

Now that you can run / lift weights freely again, I hope you kept going. I hope you lost enough weight (40lbs?) to make your knee feel better and yourself more confident.

I hope law school is going well, and you're happy with your choice. I hope you've kept in contact with your undergrad friends - they love you very much.

I hope Jesus is still an important part of your life, and you're still trying to spread his love. I hope you're at peace, happy. And I kinda hope Eric is still in the picture.

The best from me to you, literally : )