Saturday, August 31, 2019

The Lighter Side of Weight Loss: Chapter Eleven

The Lighter Side of Weight Loss
By Sandra Warholic Seeley

Chapter Eleven

I used to ask myself, “Does this look like a happy body?”

My overweight self usually answered, ”What do you think_____?” (Feel free to insert any derogatory noun leading to body shaming.)

But no more! I now receive weekly booster shots of Vitamin H12, the happiness vitamin, at my Saturday workshops. Coach Kathy has taught me which foods are high in this vitamin. I had not realized the true extent of my happiness deficiency before WW. The Mayo Clinic concurred that diet may be the cause and dietary changes may be the treatment of this deficiency.

In addition to Workshops, I’m determined to supplement my Vitamin H with a variety of spices that rev my metabolism such as: Connect postings and followings, watching funny movies, visualizing my happy place (lying on the beach of Pokai Bay in Hawaii), reading or re-reading favorite books and laughing like a loon (listen to one on You Tube) for no apparent reason and singing every song I know dealing with happiness.

One of my favorite books is The Way of the SEAL by Mark Divine. Mark served in the U.S. Navy SEALs for 20 years, and retired as a commander. He could just as well have been a WW coach. He talks about finding your “Why?” and using humor to get through tough situations. I especially loved his example of using humor on pp 80-82. He talks about Embracing the Suck, Control Your Response, and Develop Emotional Resilience to name just a few of his chapters. I’m going to read this book again and apply Mark’s strategies to my weight loss goals. Then I’m going to contact Commander Divine to see if a 73 year old female in superb shape is too old to join the SEAL Team.

In conclusion, along with Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, I’m singing to each of you, “Happy Trails.”

Some trails are happy ones,
Others are blue.
It's the way you ride the trail that counts,
Here's a happy one for you.
Happy trails to you,
Until we meet again.
Happy trails to you,
Keep smiling until then.
Who cares about the clouds when we're together?
Just sing a song, and bring the sunny weather.
Happy trails to you,
Until we meet again.

Until next week, be happier! And think about this quote:
One of the keys to happiness is a bad memory! - Rita Mae Brown

Sandra Warholic Seeley - All my life, and half of someone else's, I have lived in a humorous place called Earth. My muse is a tiny menehune from the island of Oahu in Hawaii where I lived for a year. Ernest Hemingway once sat under the exact same coconut tree where I did most of my writing. I'm also a sensitive to criticism Virgo who loves to get paid for writing and speaking funny stuff. Even though my mind is filled with volcanic ash residue and I'm still finding sand in my shorts, I will continue to write until my muse retires or I run out of pretty blue drinks, whichever comes first. Don't be bashful, email the author.

1 comment:

  1. This is very appropriate for forgetting the things of the past, that are not at all pleasant to remember. Do not focus on the former things, instead focus on the new!

    Isaiah 43:18-19
    18 “Forget the former things;
    do not dwell on the past.
    19 See, I am doing a new thing!
    Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
    I am making a way in the wilderness
    and streams in the wasteland.


    Philippians 3:13

    "Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,"


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Sandra Warholic Seeley is the creator and author of The Sandra Seeley Column. She is a lifelong educator who has taught in Hawaii, Bethel Park, PA and in the inner city schools of Pittsburgh Public where her passion for the underprivileged began. Her humorous writing is often 95% fiction and 5% fact, leaving the reader to do the math. She has often written as Kanela, which is her Pen Name and means Sandra in Hawaiian. Her serious writing is genuine and written from her heart. She lives in a suburb of Pittsburgh, PA with her husband and Zeus, her 119 pound German Shepherd, who is her constant companion and writing assistant. They have ongoing discussions about which one is Alpha in their pack.

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