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Dear Old Me


Me circa 2000 (?)

Dear old me,

It’s me, you, but 10 yrs older.  I won’t say I’m a wiser you, just a more experienced you, which means I have things to share with you.  First off, put down that burger and the fries.  You know how you want to be a faster, stronger runner and one day qualify for Boston?  Well that crap that you’re eating isn’t going to help you. You need to fuel your body well in order to recover from your hard workouts.  It won’t kill you to occasionally eat a vegetable or two. And you know those beers that you drink every night?  Well those are interfering with your training because they’re making you miss workouts. I know you love the taste, so why don’t you try an alcohol-free beer?  They really don’t taste that bad, and they’re cheaper too!

Seriously girl – you can do it!  All of those dreams you have of one day doing a 1/2 Ironman – well you can do it! You just need to commit to it – commit to the training, AND to the nutrition part of it.  Hey now – don’t roll your eyes at me – nutrition is very, very important.  Try it – trust me – you’ll feel so much better, and more energetic.  I’ve got some recipes to share with you – you could try my Quinoa Greek Salad – put it in a wrap and bring it to work for your lunch.

Girl, ALL of your dreams CAN and WILL come true – want proof?  Know that crazy dream you have of one day meeting your favourite New Kid, Jon Knight?  Well dreams really do come true:


So what I’m saying is, don’t ever stop believing, don’t ever stop working for it, because it all can and will happen!

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Love ya lots and lots,
Your older more experienced self.

What do you wish you could tell the old you?


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  • Forever Young
    August 22, 2012 at 9:14 am

    You wrote a letter about never top trying to achieve goals/dreams. My letter was about a few learned lessons.


  • Personal Trainer in Oakville
    August 22, 2012 at 11:20 am

    Always nice to take some time and reflect on how far you’ve come and the changes in your life. People get wrapped up in the end goal and forget to appreciate the little victories they’ve made in their life/health & fitness. Wonder what you’ll say 10 years from now. PS everyone knows that Donnie is the best New Kid!

    • Janice - The Fitness Cheerleader
      August 22, 2012 at 11:25 am

      I’ve met him on two occasions as well 🙂 I’m surprised you didn’t say Danny bc of his commitment to inspiring fans to be active.

  • TiredMama1
    August 22, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    No idea. But you’ve got me thinking about it….

  • sheslosingit101
    August 22, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    Like the pic! Here is my post. A little tough love…but it was needed. I was a mess last year.



  • Wendy
    August 22, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    OMG Jon is my favorite!!!! I tweet Danny a lot about fitness just to see if he’ll respond and he never does. hahahaha!

  • Rosanna Soto-Luna
    August 22, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    This was a GREAT letter!! Here mine, telling myself to get up off my asss!!

  • Cindy
    August 22, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    Yay for dreams coming true!

    Dear 24 year old me:

  • Christy J
    August 22, 2012 at 7:07 pm


    I’m trying to keep up with the challenge…missing a few here and there, but much better than normal 🙂

  • Erin
    August 22, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    Another difficult one…here’s what I came up with…

  • dirtygirlrunning
    August 22, 2012 at 11:56 pm

    I cheated. But if I did write a letter to myself, it wouldn’t even come close to this sort of brilliance.


  • Fancy Nancy
    August 23, 2012 at 6:37 am

    That was what I wrote on the wall at the Boston marathon wall…”Because dreams do come true!!

  • wcatalano
    August 23, 2012 at 3:48 pm


    finally did mine! that was tough. i love yours. i seriously wish i could tell the same thing about beer to myself now, but unfortunately i’m not really listening. maybe in 10 years i can do another one!

  • lifewithpepper
    August 23, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    At first glance, I thought – holy cow Janice’s husband is HOT! And then I realized who it was in the picture with you….LOL

    I really do wish I could be “Marty McFly” from the movie Back to the Future and go back in a Delorean to talk to “young me”. Smoking is the ONLY thing I have ever regretted doing in my life. So glad to be free.