Today’s #reverb11/#resound11 prompt comes from the folks over at Geekin’ Hard:
Forgiveness - What’s one thing do you need to forgive yourself for this year?
A Letter to my Body – by Esther Fox
I am sorry that I’ve treated you pretty crappy over the last twelve months.
We were doing really good, you and I. I took you to the gym every morning and we spent time doing circuits and planks. Ohhh, remember those planks? They felt so good didn’t they? Oh and, how about those pilate balls? Sometimes you would kvetch about being stretched over those for long periods of time, but we worked through it. Ab crunches and free weights, those felt amazing. And the results we were seeing were equally amazing.
In 2010, much to your dismay, I stopped feeding you soda, primarily Diet Coke. You complained for a bit, and tried to get me to go back to it, but I stuck with it for over a year. It’s a shame we took that trip this past May to Philly, and I let you have that Diet Coke. It was all downhill from there. In my defense, we haven’t been drinking nearly as much of it as we were before we stopped in 2010.
I know you liked those morning walks we’d have with my mom at the gym. You were especially excited when I bought that heart rate monitor, so that we could see exactly how many calories we were burning. But unfortunately, money got tight, and we had to give up my gym membership. I know it was a mistake, but it was something that couldn’t be helped.
Body, I am making a promise to you. In 2012, we’re going to go back to the gym. Sure, we may have to start over from the very beginning, but it’s just you, me and the heart rate monitor. Back to basics. No more soda. Healthier choices. Real food. Three meals a day. And most importantly, I promise to treat you to a little TLC every now and then. I know your skin is dry and crackly, but I will fix it with some lotion. And maybe even some bubble baths, if you’re good.
For now, let’s just finish off 2011 so we can get to 2012. I hope you can forgive me for what I’ve put you through, because I am so excited to see what’s in store for us!