Hello Future Self,
This may sound like a hollow threat, since I’m technically you at an earlier point in your life, but listen to me and listen good: if you f*ck up this nice loss I’ve managed to provide for you, I will hunt you down and I will kill you.
Just how will I accomplish such a seemingly impossible task, you ask. Look here, you older, more jaded version of myself with your fancy cell phone the size of my thumbnail. I have faced insurmountable odds before and managed to get the job done. Remember way back, when you used to swill coffee all morning and diet sodas all afternoon? I was the one that shut that sh*t down. I was the one who brought all this eating-too-much and exercising-too-little business to a crashing halt. I did it.
Not you. Me.
I don’t really know what Future Me is up to these days, but Right Now Me has lost 60 lbs. and has made some pretty tremendous changes in his life. If I were you (and let’s not get into that old argument about whether or not I “am” you… let’s just agree to disagree, shall we?), I wouldn’t bet against me accomplishing anything I set my mind to.
Which gets me back to my threat. I know you, Future Me. You have a bad history of taking the hard work of those who have come before you and squandering it for no apparent rhyme or reason. I can name at least three occasions where a Past Me has lost a tremendous amount of weight only to have one of your brothers (the Future Me’s) thoughtlessly gain it right back.
Not this time. I repeat: NOT. THIS. TIME.
Here’s the thing, Future Me. Every time you do that… every time you gain the weight back, you make it that much harder for the Next Me to do anything about it. You make it hard to care about the Future Me’s, since they have so little regard for the Future “Future Me’s.”
I have done the heavy lifting, my future-dwelling friend. I have packed up and left Obese City, and I’m passing on to you all the tools you’ll ever need to continue on with the good work I’ve started. I want you to read this letter regularly, because it’s vitally important that you’re aware of what’s at stake… and just what the consequences are.
Your life is on the line, brother. Gain the pounds back and it won’t be your body that kills you.
It’ll be me.
Speaking of time-travel: it’s time for me to travel. Me, Anita and Pisa are taking our show on the road to St. Louis. Pisa wants to visit the Arch but I want to go see that giant thing that looks like an upside down “U”; we’ll see who wins…
Through the magic of internet magic, I’ll still have a post up everyday, but I probably shan’t be commenting and may be spotty on the email. I’ll be too busy having fun, worrying about the work piling up on my desk and trying not to indulge say “Ah, what the hell?” more than a couple of times.