Monday, August 19, 2019

The Lighter Side of Weight Loss: Chapter Eight

The Lighter Side of Weight Loss
By Sandra Warholic Seeley

Chapter Eight

The Weekly Topic at today’s workshop was, “Break the Boredom Trap.” I googled the definition of boredom and was informed that it is a feeling that life is dull. I then started wondering if I/we, as WW members, are often bored or are we also boring. I don’t want to think of myself as having a dull personality. If I’m not boring, then I won’t be bored, and I won’t find myself caught in the overeating trap baited with sugar plums.

Feel free to use some of my suggestions to climb that ladder from bland to intriguing. Why not learn a foreign language? I downloaded a free app called Duolingo. You can choose from many languages. My high school Spanish teacher would be proud of me because now that I no longer wear braces, I can trill my r’s! There are mini-stories to read in the language you selected that make me laugh out loud. I feel like they are adult, children’s board books. My favorite story so far is called “A Date.”

Tell your inner, home from school for summer vacation, child to go outside and play. Then go outside and play! It doesn’t need to be during regular business hours. Your backyard is open 24/7. Zeus once decided that he needed to go outside at 4am. While waiting for him to scratch and sniff every square inch of grass, four deer ran so close beside me I could have reached out to touch them. I was startled because the only light was coming from the moon, and I didn’t see them coming from behind me. It was an exhilarating, magical moment. I can still hear their pounding hooves and feel the pounding of my heart. Now I wanted to stay outside longer to play with Zeus, the moon and stars.

Eat like a toddler. In other words, play with your food. My 15 month old granddaughter will eat until she’s had enough. Then she will either throw the remaining food off her high chair to her patiently waiting dog or separate it into categories like a deconstructed taco: meat, cheese, peas, carrots, taco shell. If you are following her example, you then have to giggle hysterically and clap for yourself, because no one else will. This is best done in the privacy of your own home with only Alexa listening without judgment.

Take a virtual vacation, delete all 5,000 of your primary, social and promotional emails or ponder eternal questions like: Why did WW discontinue their magazine? Why are Smart Points not listed on my frozen WW meals anymore? Or most importantly: Why am I bored or boring?

In conclusion, you can always be a pen pal with someone. I would be happy to be your pen pal.

Until next week, be happier!

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.


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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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