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...
...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.
I need to value the basics/seasons....and ....myself.
How to do this?
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....