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Letter to my Teenage Self

Friday, January 25, 2013

The next BLC challenge is to write a letter to my teenage self, giving her advice on how to be healthier in the future. Feels a little silly doing this, but I'm willing to give it a shot.

Dear teenage self,

There are so many things I'd love to warn you about, but the purpose of this letter is to focus on how to stay healthy. The number one thing you must listen to is this: Do not start smoking.
You may think you never will, since dad is sick from it, but you will. Don't even have cigars at parties. Don't even try it, not even once.
Binge drinking is going to get you in a lot of trouble. Don't do it.
Your roommates, boyfriends, and coworkers will want to eat fast food all the time. Sometimes 3x a day. You should save your money (you work too hard to eat away all your cash). You will also gain weight really quick if you eat this way.
Watch salt. You are going to be prone to high BP. Smoking makes this worse.

-Future Melanie

If I had followed this advice, I know I would be much healthier and have more money. Oh how we live & learn

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  • no profile photo CD5198989
    Unfortunately, teens won't listen to this message. But it's a great one!
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    I'd advise my teenage self to ditch the sodas, find a good dojo and stop thinking its too late to start things.
    Also, that guy who said he liked you? The one who will ask you to prom?
    He's not trying to make fun of you. Really.
    3101 days ago
    hindsight is definitely 20-20!!! i'm trying to live now in a way that i won't look back on later and regret. it's a steep learning curve!
    3101 days ago
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    I was lucky in that I started this journey in my teens so actually I'd thank my teenage self for getting her butt in gear early. I'm so glad I didn't have to spend any of my adult life morbidly obese. Thank you Teenage Chrissy!
    3101 days ago
    Great stuff. I should write a letter to my teenage self too. ;)
    3102 days ago
    Thanks for sharing!


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    3102 days ago
    Really great advice!!
    3102 days ago
    Great insight indeed...Oh to go back and fix a few things would be wonderful but you know we didn't turn out bad after all. Now if I had a crystal ball I would have watched my weight as I was getting older. emoticon emoticon
    3102 days ago
    yes we do-guilty of all of the above.
    3102 days ago
    So true. If I could go back to my teens or early 20's, I hope I would be a little more "selfish" instead of giving every thing I had to my job, husband, and child. I didn't take care of myself the way I should have. I'm just now starting to do that.
    3102 days ago
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