Dear out of shape busy mom,
 
Yes, it was me staring at you at the store today.
No, I wasn’t making fun of you because you are out of shape. Not at all.
 
I was simply looking at you, because you actually frustrate the hell out of me.
 
You are only in your 30s or 40s, but you struggle to pick up your child.
 
You were leaning on the back of the shopping cart, because you are so out of shape your body can’t support itself for a simple walk. And if that is the case now, what will it be in 10 years if you don’t change now?
 
Why am I so frustrated you may be wondering?
 
I’m frustrated because there are so many things I wish I could help you understand, such as:
 
A little extra Movement and simple exercise would add a quality to your life you may have never known or felt.
 
I noticed you were wearing layers of oversized clothes because you don’t feel good in your body and don’t like looking at yourself in the mirror.
 
Just walking more, eating a little better and making movement a part of your daily life would give you a confidence you may not have felt in years.
 
The choices you make now will determine the quality of your life for the rest of your life and not just for your children now, but for the days when you have grandchildren too.
 
Don’t you want to play with them and see them grow up?
 
I wish I could teach you that there are professional coaches who understand your fears, your needs and your struggle with your weight, and that there are caring people who can help.
 
I would like you to understand that there is no perfect shape, there is just you being the best you can be each day.
 
You do not need to compare your body against a perceived image that can’t be achieved. You just need to seek a healthy version of who you are and who you wish to be.
 
Most of all I wish you could understand the feeling that comes from being healthy from the inside, when you achieve a sense of personal satisfaction that comes from knowing that fitness is movement and movement is life.
 
So I do apologize for watching you pass through the store today.
 
I was only thinking that my job is changing lives and helping people lead a more vibrant life.
 
I know that if you don’t change, the quality of your life will deteriorate with each passing birthday.
 
Most of the diseases of aging are self-inflicted and as you walked by me I realized there isn’t anything I can do to help until you wish to help yourself.
 
Yes, you might be perfectly happy being you, but that does not change what an unhealthy lifestyle is doing to who you will be in the future. Or how it affects your family and kids.
 
I wish you happiness and health and if you ever need help please find a professional coach who cares.
 
We are out there and when the time is right for you we will be around. Please don’t wait too long. It won’t get any easier in the future.
 
With respect,
Stephen Miller

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