Journaling your inner thoughts + emotions can keep you focused on your goals, + + you can take it a step further by writing a letter to your *future self.* Each day flies by, with so much changing in a short time. Give your future self some encouraging thoughts to remind yourself of how far you’ve come, ++ she will thank you for it —
1] START WITH GRATITUDE
Before you start writing, think about when you want to open the letter — if you’re waiting until the end of a FitPlan, for example, then maybe you should thank yourself for all the hard work you know you’re going to put into it. It may feel a little awkward to congratulate yourself on something that hasn’t happened yet, but keep in mind you’ll be reading this letter weeks or months from now. It’s always uplifting to read about how amazing you are, even when it comes from yourself. Write with enthusiasm + your future self will appreciate this self-love: You are positive + passionate. You radiate sunshine + give one-hundred percent in everything you do.
2] CHANNEL YOUR EMOTIONS
If you’re doing the #CHAARGBootyCamp, six weeks is a good chunk of the summer, ++ a lot can change in that time. Sit down + write out exactly how you’re feeling in this moment. Write about how you’re happy // excited // scared // lonely — write down everything. Don’t hold back on the details because the more you write, the better understanding you’ll have with your past self when you read your letter later.
3] TALK ABOUT YOUR FEARS
Going along with channeling your emotions, it’s important to write down your fears + anxieties in the moment. Maybe this is your first FitPlan + you are feeling nerves // self-doubt, or this is your eighth FitPlan + you are afraid you won’t be able to finish it all the way through. Your fitness journey is all about overcoming your fears in order to become the strongest version of yourself. By writing down your fears, you’ll be able to read your letter with pride knowing you were able to overcome those obstacles. Write your fears as if you are watching yourself right now: You see my anxieties + my fears of giving up. You see my struggles of working full-time + completing workouts.
4] DEFINE YOUR GOALS
By writing out your goals + what you wish to achieve by the time you read your letter, you are making these goals more attainable — it’s important you write down everything you wish to accomplish these next few weeks. Sometimes our goals seem out of reach at first, but in time you’ll feel proud of yourself for being able to accomplish them! Write your goals in past-tense: Future me, you completed 2 out of 3 workouts a week + tried some new recipes from the meal plan, ++ had a blast while doing it!
5] SEND IT TO YOUR FUTURE SELF
Once you write your letter, keep it in a safe place until you wish to open it. It can either be handwritten or saved in your phone as a reminder. You can also use an online website such as Future Me, which will send your letter automatically at a time you choose. No peeking! Keep crushing it, xoxo <3
Writing a *future me* letter can be beneficial in your fitness journey, but it’s also important to remember to not be hard on yourself if you don’t accomplish everything your past self thought you would. You can continue to write *future me* letters + keep learning ++ growing from your past letters. Now get ta writing — your future self is waiting ; )
++ Ashleigh B [@ashleigh_inchaarg] // Pitt CHAARG