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Letter to Family & Friends January 30, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Lauren Warner @ 5:31 pm

Dear Friends and Family,

I have committed to making some big changes. I’m trying to eat nutritious foods, exercise regularly, and live a healthy life. It hasn’t been easy, but I’m taking these commitments seriously, and I would appreciate any help you can offer. 

Be honest with me. 
I am overweight, and I want to lose weight safely and slowly. Listen to me and offer me advice, but please don’t minimize the problem. 

Stop lecturing me. Talk to me like you care about me, but please don’t yell at me, nag me, or criticize me for wanting to change for the better.

Let me be in control. It’s my choice. No one besides me can decide how much weight I’ll lose, how I’ll do it, or whether I want to lose it in the first place.

Don’t monitor my food. Don’t tell me I don’t need a second helping or such a large portion. It only makes me feel bad about myself, which sometimes leads me to overeat. 

Be there for me. Support me, encourage me, and compliment me. I want your help finding affordable ways to exercise and I’d like more healthful foods in the house. Better yet, start eating better and exercising alongside me! I want us all to live long, healthy, happy lives. 

Don’t exclude me. Don’t make me the black sheep because I’m eating differently. Instead of focusing on me, try to get the entire family to take small steps to eat better. Don’t make fun of me because I’m overweight or trying to lose weight. 

Love me. Tell me that you love me regardless of what the scale says. Tell me I’m smart, beautiful/handsome, successful, loveable and talented at any weight. I need to hear it. 

Be patient with me. Losing weight doesn’t happen overnight. I want to commit to good habits and that takes time, patience, and sometimes more than one try. 

Be realistic. I might never be as skinny as you or others might want me to be. But I will be a happier, healthier—and yes, lighter—me. 

Thanks for listening, and please take this advice to heart. 

Love, 

Lauren

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