…”I can’t complain, but sometimes I still do.” Despite having so much going well in my life, so much to be thankful for and no legitimate reason to complain, my year got off to a rough start. Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been rather depressed and once I went back to work after New Year’s, my mood worsened. My eating went downhill and I had several days of over-eating and binging. At least I kept to most of my normal exercise routine every day and I also had several days of staying in my calories. But I was just not feeling happy or energetic or wanting to do much of anything but overeat food I normally avoid. It wasn’t fun. Most of the food I didn’t even enjoy, but I repeatedly over-ate to the point of being uncomfortable and even less interested in doing anything besides sitting on the sofa and watching TV. I avoided friends, ignored phone calls and stayed away from SparkPeople.
Not the way I want to spend my days and certainly not the way to maintain my weight! Then on Friday, another day of bad eating and depressed mood, inspiration struck. As the weekend approached, I had been thinking all I wanted to do was go to bed and stay there until Monday morning. However, the weather was unseasonably mild, up in the 50’s and the same was forecast for Saturday. I decided I would take advantage of the break in the cold temps and hit the beach. Not only would a long walk be good exercise, but I find walking along Lake Michigan to be very restorative on a psychological and spiritual level. Just the thought of being at the beach made me feel better.
One of my friends who often joins me for beach walks, was up for a January jaunt. Even before we arrived yesterday morning, I could feel my mood lifting. Our dogs immediately engaged in zoomies of joy upon our arrival:
Quinn (AKA, his lordship) became impatient with our dilly dallying and demanded we get the party started:
More zoomies ensued:
We eventually settled into our usual two hour walk:
Of course, anytime my friend and I come across something new on which to pose the poor dogs (in this case, part of someone’s dock that washed away in a storm), we can’t resist a quick photo op. Here we have Border Collies on a Plank:
Being in the 50 degree temperatures, listening to the surf, seeing the occasional peak of the sun, looking for beach glass, chatting with my friend, watching the dogs’ antics, and just walking along the water, I felt better than I have in weeks. In fact, I felt great.
The Beach – It is good!
There are lots of photos of Border Collies in this blog because 1. I love Border Collies and 2. Even though I can’t go faster than a brisk walk, the photos of their running full out for the sheer pleasure of it mirror how I felt inside. Watching them run and leap, my soul also leaped for joy to be out by the Lake, enjoying the beautiful day, and savoring the gifts of health, fitness and friendship. And it was pretty good beach glass too!
I feel like I am finally back on track with eating. Something just feels different inside, the way I felt before the holidays started. I pray that feeling sticks and I will settle back into the healthy lifestyle and all its accompanying benefits that I have worked so hard to achieve. In the meantime, I have a couple weeks of catching up the best I can to do here on SP. I've missed my SparkFriends, want to hear how everyone is doing and am glad to be back.
As we head into another week, I hope we all have our moments of joy and inner peace to help us remember what we know is important in life and utilize the healthy coping skills that will allow us to achieve our goals.