A Letter to My Evil Twin

By , SparkPeople Blogger
Dear Evil Twin,

I’m writing this letter because I have a few things that I need to say to you.  Please understand that I call you my evil twin with all due respect. As a reference, I am including a picture so there is no confusion as to who I am talking to.

I wanted to write and finally tell you THANK YOU. I feel like I owe you that for teaching me so many things about myself.

First and foremost, I want to thank you for teaching me that I have the ability to change. I really didn’t think I could for a long time. So many times I settled for the way things were. I now realize that I do have the power to change. I did not have to settle for life as I had come to know it. I did not have to settle for the life I was leading for myself or my family. It was a difficult lesson that took me awhile to learn, but I did learn it and I credit you for that.

Because I learned that I can change, I also learned that I must live my life with intention. Most of the time when I lived in your body, I wasn’t intentional at all.  You see, when I lived inside your body, the only things I did by intention were eat and sleep, usually in that order. I didn’t pay any attention to what I was eating, how much I was eating or even when I was eating, for that matter. I’ve learned a great deal about being intentional with everything I do, because I’ve also learned that everything I do matters. 



Thank you for the lesson that everything I do matters and that everything I do counts. This was a great life lesson that I needed to learn. There are people watching my every move. These people may be co-workers, family, friends, but the most important eyes that are watching are those that belong to my daughters. I now know that everything I do matters to them. They are taking in everything around them. They are learning from the habits that I follow today. These are healthy habits for the most part and I owe that to you, my evil twin, for teaching me that lesson.

Another great lesson I’ve learned is about my relationship with food. I never viewed food as a fuel for my body before.  I now know so much more about what I put in my body and I owe that to you as well.  Food is now my fuel and I pay attention to everything I put in my mouth. I still enjoy what I eat, and even indulge from time to time. It is my mindset that is different now. I’ve also learned that, as a once extremely picky eater, I can be reformed.  I’ve tried more fruits, vegetables, and other foods in the last two years than I would have ever imagined.
I’ve learned what real endorphins are and I’m in love with them. As a runner, I can honestly say I’ve had that 100% natural high of the endorphin rush. That has to be one of the greatest natural feelings on the planet.  You have also helped me find my real passion.  I have the honor and privilege of helping others achieve their own goals with health and wellness.  This is a passion I would not have known had it not been for you, my evil twin, and for that I must say thank you, from the bottom of my heart. 

I truly embrace the lessons that you have taught me. I will forever be grateful to you, my evil twin. However, I don’t want you to be offended when I say you are no longer welcome in my life. I mean, you will always be a part of my life.  I can’t change that fact.  What I really mean to say is that I don’t care to 'see' you again.  You were my life for too long; I know that now. And I’ve changed, a lot.

Sincerely,
Jerome

PS – a quick note to my current and future self – I commit to maintaining this healthy lifestyle for my family, my friends and most of all, myself.

What letter would you write to your twin?



Jerome today after losing 100 pounds.

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Comments

Dear Evil Twin,

You SUCK! With a family history of heart disease and diabetes, you have no place tempting me with refined carbohydrates and high fat foods. I'm done with your evil ways. You cannot fool me anymore with your fake rationalizations. As Jerome said, I'm grateful for the lessons I have learned from you, but I no longer care to keep contact with you. Good-bye and good luck! Report
Great blog! Report
nice article. I don't have an evil twin. I have several evil parts. I am like you as they are not welcome in my life. But I do have several parts that love me and support me on the road to better physical and mental health and they are more than welcome to join me on this journey called life. Report
Jerome: Another awesome blog!!! Thank you so much for writing this. So inspiring! Report
I'm only 25 lbs different than my evil twin so far. I think I'll wait to post that letter until I'm closer to 100 lbs different like you. :-) Report
Awesome accomplishment! Congrats! Report
I love seeing that before and after pic. I thank my evil twin for helping me realize I could be better. Great blog! Report
Wow, I can't believe how much younger you look in your after picture. Actually, take that back, I do believe it, but wow, what a difference! Congrats and love your letter to your evil twin. Report
DIETER27
Great blog and I love the quote ! Congratulations on your loss! Truly inspiring! Have a nice day! Report
A hit and a run again Jerome!! I ditto what Joan said about the song "So Long Self" By Mercy Me

So long self well it's been fun but I have found somebody else
So long self there's just no room for two so you are gonna have to move
So long self don't take the wrong but you are wrong for me, farewell
oh well, good bye, don't cry
ooooh so long self!
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SARAHTAIT
Wow-Now I know the source of my troubles...I have an evil twin that is making me eat those things I know that I shouldn't....but now knowing that I can overcome and defeat this evil twin and move forward in my life...
Thanks for a great blog! Report
Great blog. You are truly an inspiration. Report
ELIZABETH-H
well done Jerome, your daughter must be very proud of you, for challenging yourself to reach out for a better lifestyle xx Report
Great post! Love it. Congrats on losing 100 pounds. Wow:) Report
This is a great blog. I can't wait to see what things I will have to say to my evil twin when I am down to where I want to be. Report
SANDIBETTS1
I like the quote--"I learned that I must live my life with intention." Report
SANDIBETTS1
Praise God for you and your victorious attitude. You inspire me. Report
WOW! Great Blog Report
123ELAINE456
Awesome Blog. Congratulations on your weight loss. This is the WAY TO GO!!! God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week. Report
123ELAINE456
Awesome Blog. Congratulations on your weight loss. This is the WAY TO GO!!! God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week. Report
123ELAINE456
Awesome Blog. Congratulations on your weight loss. This is the WAY TO GO!!! God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week. Report
Thanks for sharing your progress and success! You encourage us/me that we can change! Sometimes the journey seems so long and hard and emotions and events or things get in our way and it seems like we're never gonna change...but one step at a time we will! Report
Inspirational! Congrats on your achievements - I'm sure your girls are proud of you! Report
3LITTLEPIGSRWE
Wow, great post! And kudos on your success! The photo comparison is awesome! Report
I LOVED this Blog!.. great one "Thumbs Up" Report
Looking good! Report
Congratulations. I wish I'd learned these lessons when I was younger. Report
"everything I do matters and that everything I do counts"

Thanks for this. I needed to hear it. Report
Great blog. Congrats Report
MUSSELME
Kudos! Report
Nice blog agent J. Never forget but never return! Report
Such a sweet letter, thank you for sharing. We all can relate. I am on my way to that 100 mark. I never believed I could lose weight before, and I love SP. Report
Joanie, love that song. There was also one from the eighties called, "good-bye to me". Great article
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LOLOSMOMMY
That was inspiring...thanks! Report
Reminds me of a song called "So Long Self"! Great perspective! Thanks! Report