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Spring, perception vs reality

Friday, March 29, 2013

Oh Spring, you're in full swing! Many people are thinking you should be in full bloom with all the birds chirping and the animals frolicking. You should be all pretty and blossoming!

In reality, you're still melting. You're still giving us a chilly reception. You're dirty and wet. You're not what we wanted as soon as we wanted. We're getting impatient!

The reality is that it is warm enough to be outside. It happens to be sprinkling today, but at least the snow is melting. For those that don't get the beautiful snow you also don't get to see the dirty part of the end of winter. It's no longer pretty. The snow is all black from plows anywhere near a road or parking lot. Even through the woods, much of it is trampled from the wildlife and there are puddles forming everywhere. It may even flood in parts.

We're in the transition from the nice part of winter to the nice part of spring. It's ugly and yucky. We'll be muddy for a while if we go out.

With all changes, there is an ugly part. There is a spot where we want to throw a tantrum and say that it's not worth the change! Yet we've been complaining that it's stayed the one way for too long and we want the change, we just don't want the ugliness that forms the change.

Going to the weight loss aspect, there is an ugly part with that too. We got used to the one way, but then we want the other way of life. We loved the nightly snack, even if we didn't need the nutrition or calories, but we want to become a healthy person and it's hard to change that habit. We loved the big meals and candy, chips and pop. We know we'll feel better when we stop eating those and make our diet full of healthy nutritious foods. It takes time to change from the old way to the new way and we'll be complaining about the ugliness that is the transition.

We'll get through the snow melt and we'll also get through the transition from unhealthy to healthy and balanced. It takes time to blossom and we will find our way through the melting puddled parts. Just keep muddling through and eventually the trees will bloom and the beauty will shine through!
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    Beautifully written as always and so thought provoking.
    1792 days ago
    What a wonderful analogy! When I first started reading this I thought that like me you are just completely fed up with winter and the delay of spring and I thought "Where is she going with this?" Now it makes so much sense! I too am ready to get out of the mud and puddles of this journey, but I know I have a fair amount of "slogging" to do before I will see the beautiful flowers and the full green trees. Yet at the same time I am beginning to see the blossoms. Spring is a time of new beginnings, a new start, it gives a sense of renewed energy and motivation. Those things along with our continued dedication to our plans will help us to grow and become those beautiful flowers that we want to be.
    Your words were very insightful.... every thought of being a writer? emoticon emoticon
    1792 days ago
  • FRAN0426
    Once more you have written a interesting, inspiring blog. I don't care for this dirty transition of the melying snow, but it is necessary in order that we get spring. When all the snow is gone, we can get out without bundling layers, we will feel so lifted that staying in track will be a great motivator; like the butterflies erupting for thier cacoons. emoticon
    1792 days ago
    Pretty honest assessment. Still ,it smells nice outside and we can still ride our bikes between rain showers and I'm paying bills when it's nasty. Hope spring warms up for you and you start feeling better. emoticon
    1793 days ago
  • HOLLYM48
    I so totally agree with both aspects of this blog! I am so ready for spring, ready for all this snow and brown grass and cold weather to be gone and sometimes I am tired of having to weigh or measure everything I eat but in the end, you know the wait and the weight loss will all be worth it!
    Keep on reaching to be the best, We have come so far!
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    1793 days ago
    I tend to think of the spring as adolescence. It's a fury of mixed emotions, some days it's nice and some days it's not!
    1793 days ago
  • CC3833
    Love this blog! I happen to not mind the part of the seasons changing but I do mind the transition from unhealthy to healthy! I do like the analogy though it does take a month or more for that transition from nice winter to nice spring. Which is about the same amount of time it will take for the unhealthy eating to turn to healthy eating.
    1793 days ago
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    1793 days ago
    Very insightful. Here's to Spring and new changes! emoticon
    1793 days ago
    Spring is about new beginnings. Nice analogy to weight loss. I liked this.
    1793 days ago
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