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Summer Smiles......

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Just recently I spoke with two different friends that were depressed about their weight loss progress. The bottom line was that there was no progress for they weren't doing it. I listened till I could speak. They wanted the results, but they didn't want to change their habits. They had to WANT to do this and accept the fact that true change had to transpire or they would always be in the same place. I suggested they find the why they don't want too and work on that.

Then to be honest....I got depressed. I did. So I in turn, called someone I care about and could confide in. My friend Pamela wants to do this and she is. I listened to her, but more importantly she listened to me in turn.

My biggest down fall.....I hate doing this by myself. It makes me feel lonely. I really had to dig deep and look at when I was successful.

Always Summer. Always.

Different Seasons are easier than others. Mine happens to be Summer. I know for most, it is the hardest. It is the party season....bbqs.....weddings...
graduations....vacations..
...HEY the grass is green! LOL! Yet seriously, Summer is my season. The produce is abundant and wildlife is all around us to enjoy. I am at my happiest. I am more active and ...just content. My heart sings.

In the past, back to the basics was treating the program as if it were NEW to me. I would track, plan, measure, etc. Now I realize, it is much more.

It is the Seasons and nature/animals.

My cats greet the day with happiness and excitement. Granted, they are thrilled I am up to feed them, but it is more than that. They are ready to start the day and receive attention. They love to play and look out the window. When the windows are open, they love to smell the air and feel the breeze. They are happy. They are content. They love life and to be honest, I have never really seen them in a bad mood.

I love this time of year for I eat most of my meals outdoors. No radio is on. The only sound that one can hear are the birds and other wild life. Occasionally we engage in a conversation, but mainly we are enjoying the quiet moment that nature shares with us.

My mind is healthy with these back to the basic/nature/season moments.

I need to carry this on for the other three remaining seasons. I need to value them as well.

VALUE.

I need to value the basics/seasons....and ....myself.

How to do this?

Being mindful.

Weight watchers has a 12 week tracker. Technically ....each season is 13 weeks long.

So....going to add a paper one week tracker and put it in my twelve week tracker. There are so many pages for notes......for seasonal recipes.......weeks for steps...weight loss....etc.

I actually like that idea. A complete journal for a season.




I can focus on a TRUE season. I can focus on ME.


I can also learn more from our beloved pets.

My friend Brenda has two dogs that she walks constantly. She is always sharing her pics and yes...I asked for her permission to share here. (thank you Brenda).

This is Winston. The stump he is on....is symbolic. He use to be afraid to jump on it. With her encouragement....well...you can see how proud he is.





And this.....this pic speaks volumes....it is Duke...and.....look at his focus......





So yes...Summer smiles for me....

but....so can ....the other seasons....

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  • TOMATOCAFEGAL
    Depression can hit us any time and during any season. Take care. Stay strong.
    1117 days ago
  • NDCAROL
    I loved your thoughtful blog, which focused not just on weight loss (or our efforts at same) but our environment and self-awareness. Summer's a great season for me, too.

    The four seasons photos were terrific, and I loved the pics of the doggies, especially the dandelion photo. Wonder how healthy we'd all be if we just paid attention to those little things in our environment, instead of tuning them out with our phones.
    1594 days ago
  • SUNSHINE5268
    so special, hugsssssssssssssssssssss

    you listened and then someone listened to you... how empowering and wonderful.

    in regard to change... it takes time to REALLY change for a lifetime.... people will change or improve when THEY are ready, hugs.

    I have a friend also... who is younger than me and she acts way older than me and I am sixty.
    she is where I used to be and then some weight wise and weight related illnesses
    I try to encourage her but she is or seems to be in deep seeded denial and told me that she wants to eat what she wants to eat and when she wants to eat it and to her that is happiness.....

    so there is nothing I can say but be her friend.

    each person in life has to reach that point of enough... until then... we are there for them


    1594 days ago
  • SHARONSPARKLE
    I always enjoy your blogs but this one is special to me, perhaps because it hit closer to me! Thanks for the insight.
    1595 days ago
  • no profile photo CD15597073
    You have beautiful insight.
    1595 days ago
  • 1CRAZYDOG
    Awesome blog. LOVE the pic of the pup Duke and that dandelion! Precious.
    1595 days ago
  • HEARTOFCHRIST
    It is easy for me to get stuck in the "I want a magic button and don't want to change my ways" rut but I know the ONLY way I will get back to a healthy weight is through eating healthy foods and exercising. This is a good reminder. I need to adapt to every season and when I fail I need to get right back up and succeed the next time!
    1595 days ago
  • PRNCSCUP1-2FULL
    Yay Winston!! Hello Hansome Duke! Summer is my season as well. More active, more likely to eat fresh produce, etc.! You are right! I need to bring summer into all of my seasons! I like your seasonal tracking idea! Nice!!
    1595 days ago
  • HOLDINGMYOWN
    Great Blog again Mary~~
    I never get depressed with my * lack of* weight loss~~most times I know it is a matter of me just shutting my trap and eating less....
    And I never get depressed with this plateau I am on right now....discouraged at times~~yes~~ but never depressed..... emoticon

    Mostly....even back when I had quit smoking and then could not stop eating myself into gaining about 80 pounds~~I was never depressed....
    Upset with my self and my foolishness~~yes.....for sure!

    BUT....the one thing I have learned over all my journey since 2010 is that as long as I never stop trying to eat better and exercise....that eventually something hits me over the head and away I go~~ emoticon
    So going to HOLDMYOWN again here till this plateau thing becomes a thing of the past~~

    You my girl....have never given up on yourself and to me that is pivotal in this journey!! And I will never give up on you either!! EVER! emoticon emoticon
    1595 days ago
  • SUSIESAWAY
    Aw, cute pups! Good luck with your journey!
    1595 days ago
  • PEGGYO
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    1595 days ago
  • ALDAHBRA
    Across the world people were posting that they couldn't exercise because it was too cold. You just have to adapt what you do to your current situation. I think it is easier in summer though.
    1595 days ago
  • ALDAHBRA
    So depressing always supporting others and not being supported in return. At least you had one friend who would listen. You can't make the season the excuse. I realised this when in summer I thought I couldn't exercise because it was too hot and
    1595 days ago
  • AWROTEN
    Night
    1595 days ago
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