I found this note that my mom wrote to herself. It’s one of the rare instances in which she dated something she wrote. It reads:

My life is going to change this week. I talk about positive, realistic, rational affirmation having a physiological response. The only time I lost a significant amount of weight and came within three pounds of my goal was whe I read “The Power of Positive Thinking.”

This time, I think I will have the right tools at hand to ensure that the weight loss will be permanent.

I can already envision feeling light and strong. I can already smell success.

I need to remember what it took to get through college in my late 40s. I need to remember the focus and the determination and the confidence of success I had then.

My Life Is Going to Change