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This week’s assignment from The Monday Project is to have your future 2011 self write a note to your 2010 self.  I started off with a vlog but had trouble uploading my video, so you get a letter instead.  This was actually emotional for me to do and in my vlog, I started crying.  Of course, by the time I found some MORE time to write this letter, the tears were gone but the resolve was not.

Dear Lisa:

I am here to tell you that lots of good things are in store for you this year.  2010 is going to be an awesome year for you, for lots of reasons.  But first, I want to tell you something very important, so critically important that you need to stop all that you are doing, pull up a chair, and read this with an open heart and mind.

You, Lisa, are a wonderful and awesome person- you are a mom, a wife, a sister, a runner, a cook, a maid, a housekeeper, a taxi driver, and many other things.  The best gift that you can give yourself this years is this:

  • To love yourself through and through
  • To forgive yourself for not being able to do EVERY THING all of the time
  • To let go of the mom guilt

I believe that you are doing the very best that you can.  Now YOU have to believe that you are doing the very best that you can.  Just BELIEVE.

Like I said, 2010 is a big year for you.  You will accomplish so many things!   You will go from running 3 miles in January to training and running a half marathon in June with Team in Training.  You may think that raising $2900 for Team in Training is a daunting task right now but I’m here to tell you that you will raise that amount and then some.  You will finish that marathon in your goal time and you will feel GREAT.  Pay attention to your body during your training runs though.  You only have one body and you have to take care of it.

Also, I am here to tell you that you have inspired others around you to “get fit”.  Because of your passion for running, you have ignited the fire in your husband to get back in the running game.  He ran the San Diego FULL marathon.  You also inspired your brother-in-law to start running again and he, too, ran the San Diego FULL marathon.  You have inspired some IRL friends to get back to exercising regularly.  Look at how many people’s lives you have touched.

You will consistently start training to run a women’s triathlon sprint (swim, bike, run) for the Fall 2010.  You will surprise yourself with how well you do.  Swimming will be your strongest section!  Hold on though- don’t get ahead of yourself and start planning for the next level up in triathlons- finish your first sprint before you start thinking about the next one.  There is plenty of time, there is plenty of time for the next step.

One more thing…..go ahead and get that physical that you keep thinking about getting.  You will have great blood pressure but your cholesterol will be a little on the high side.  If you need the doctor’s confirmation to live even healthier, then this is it.  You have only been blessed with one body, one heart and you have to take tender loving care of it.

Also Lisa, I am here tell you that by this time next year, you will have lost an additional 15 lbs, you will be wearing a Size 10, and you will be in the best shape of your life.  ENJOY IT!  You will have more energy than ever, you will be able to keep up with your kids even better, and you will feel AWESOME.

You are loved.  You are appreciated.   You can do anything you set your mind to.

Stay focused, stay disciplined, give yourself a break from time to time, look for the positives, and believe in yourself.

You, my friend, are truly special.

Love Always,