Dear Self…

Dear Melissa,

You have come so far this past year. 2010 was YOUR year. You finally realized that exercise and healthy eating DO pay off if you are consistent and stick with it. After all those years of constantly stressing over and battling your weight, you lost 50+ pounds and are looking damn fine. Just take it one day at a time, girl.

You took huge leaps in fitness. Can you believe that you helped organize a team of fantastic people from all over the country who raised over $50,000 for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and you finished the San Diego Rock n’ Roll 1/2 marathon under your personal goal of 3 hours? You finally got over your fears at the gym and started taking the fitness classes you have always longed to participate in. You continued to push yourself and found that you actually enjoy seeing what your body is capable of. 

You made changes in your daily eating habits, small at first, but these small changes produce bigger rewards. You are are consuming foods that are more organic, more healthy, and I am so proud of you for cooking more. You are eating healthier, and therefore, so are your children.

You accepted that you are truly a blonde at heart and got rid of your dark, moody hair.

Your love of adventure shined through during 2010. You traveled to both sides of the country and many more places in between. You were finally able to meet some of the people who have become your close friends in the years past and were excited to bring even more new friends into your life. You visited old friends that have always had a special place in your heart and wondered why it took you so long to see each other and vowed to reconnect more often.

You celebrated 10 years of marriage with your kick-ass husband. While that decade had it’s share of ups and downs, you and Justin decided to make each other priorities in your lives again. It’s so awesome to see you laugh with each other again, rather than fighting. That anniversary trip you took to New Zealand (or Italy, Norway, or the other million places you long to visit) was the most wonderful trip EVER. It was just what you both needed to relax, refresh, and refocus.

So many doors have opened for you this past year. Who would have ever thought? Writing, traveling, and raising awareness on issues that you believe in have started to play such an important role in your life. You continued to pursue your love of photography and improved your skills so much. You pretty much rock.

The world is yours. I am so glad you are finally starting to realize it.

Much love and happiness,


P.S. Can you believe you and the family finally made the move? It was a lot of work, but you are all so happy and it was totally worth it.

This letter was part of the Rethink Your Shrink challenge at The Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans

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  • Gina

    I love your letter! Seriously, I think some of the things that you have "accomplished" this year are the things that are important to me (fitness/health/weight loss/reconnect with DH). Can I just steal yours?!! LOL

  • Brooke

    10 years – wow. :) congrats – and i'm sure you'll go on a fabulous trip and take equally fabulous photos to share with the rest of us while we sit back and are jealous of your skinny ass in Europe.

  • Mommy Mo

    I love your letter, hooker!

    I do believe that you will finish the 1/2 marathon under three hours. You will take that trip with your husband, and you WILL move : ).

    How awesome is all of that?

  • Christie O.

    I so love your letter and it made me cry. I'm so glad that you realized everything you were made of in 2010!! Love you.

  • Midwest Mommy

    Oh this is great! Everyone should be this proud of themselves. You've done a lot girl!!!

  • Christy M.

    Your letter gave me goosebumps and made me smile so big. So did you buy the house from that crazy-ass realtor?!! HA!

    I love you, hooker. So much.

  • Heather D

    I love this so much! Especially the part about you and your husband. 10 years IS huge. Congratulations and have a kick ass trip!
    And yes, you are blonde. You look beautiful any color, but you are bubbly and bright. Rock the blonde hair, hooker!
    So, where you moving? There's a house across the street for sale… 😉

  • erin

    Congrats on the 50+ pounds. You are going to look awesome on your trip with your hubby. I so know what you mean about the fear of fitness classes. Keep up the great work.

  • Kirsten

    2011 Lissa,

    You did rock 2010 and you rocked it hard! Can't wait to see what you accomplish before 2012!

  • Karena

    You deserve a good year, girl! And sounds like you're going to get it! Your head's in the right place, your heart's in the right place — it IS going to happen for you!

  • Mom of 3 boys

    Loved your letter. you are going to accomplish so much. I love that you moved. Where too?

  • Megan

    Best of luck with all your goal Lissa! If you ever need someone to head to a fitness class with (or run with for that matter), you know who to call! I love them!

  • Krista

    What an awesome letter! Good for you for recognizing your accomplishments and realizing your goals! Congratulations and good luck with what you choose to do in the future because it's clear that you can kick some ass!!

    PS: I'm glad to hear you went back to blond!

  • Bari

    I love your letter-I'm so proud of all you've accomplished this year because you WILL complete them. And I love that you talked about your hair. I could write an entire blog about mine :)

  • Walking By Faith

    LOVE your letter and your blog in general…you always make me smile when I get a minute to catch one of your posts. Keep on Truckin' 2010 will be a fantastic year!

  • Tiffany

    Beautiful letter! 2010 is a HUGE year for you! Can't wait to meet you in San Diego and tell you congratulations in person!


    This letter is awesome. I can't stinkin' wait to meet you.

  • Bacardi Mama

    You have proved what I have always said….You are freakin awesome hooker!!

  • ~Mendie~

    The future Melissa is just as cool if not cooler then the one I know right now! So glad you are going to meet so many goals this year, I'll be cheering you on!

    ps…Oh….can't wait to see where you move!