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The Biggest Loser legacy: a note to self

May 18, 2011

A simple note outlining your vision for yourself may be a great help in times of transition.

For 11 seasons The Biggest Loser has helped millions of Americans begin to change their lives. Every week we see feel-good stories of communities coming together to eat right, exercise, and give back to those less fortunate.

The message only gets louder: Stay active, be strong, and don’t go back to your old unhealthy life.

Only a few dozen people are fortunate enough to get that golden ticket to the ranch where they receive customized medical care, training and kitchen boot camp.

There is no denying it is hard work, even in a luxury resort.

Last night, as four contestants went home in preparation for the Grand Finale next week, they received a DVD of their journey. There they were. Heavy, tired and broken from the inside out, the old self squeezed into the camera frame and said, “Don’t ever be me again. You don’t want to come back here. You hate this life”

They gave themselves advice on how to live tomorrow based on their experiences in the past. They began with a vision and recorded it.

What an amazing legacy letter this is to create for yourself.  Everyone goes through change. Turmoil. We all have some drama. It doesn’t have to define us forever.

The idea of creating a legacy letter to yourself is a great way to establish a beginning when you are in the process of making a transition in your life. It forces you to acknowledge that something has to change and now is the time to do it. You have to make it happen. Talk to yourself. Give yourself the encouragement you need.

I wouldn’t dwell too long on the negative. You know why you’re there. Instead I’d suggest you outline your vision for how this transition looks along the way.

There are many ways to incorporate a Note-To-Self legacy letter into your life. In addition to weight-loss journeys,  I could see using it during periods of marital change, return to civilian life after military service, adjusting to parenthood, job changes, controlling debt, decluttering, big moves, or therapy of any kind.

These don’t have to be formally produced DVDs with three dimensional graphics and music. A few sheets of paper, a voice recording on your cell phone, some photos, or a handful of large Post-It notes will do.

When it’s time to make that big change, this is something you do for you. Don’t forget what you promised.

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  1. Laurie Burgess permalink
    May 18, 2011 4:40 pm

    Awesome post, Mary! A very timely one for me. I enjoyed the perspective and ideas. Thank you!

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