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We Must Cultivate Our Own Garden - Voltaire

🌷Tend To Your Own Weight Loss Garden🌿

🌷We Must Cultivate Our Own Garden – Voltaire 🌿

Just a little ‘Spring-Inspired” Mindful Musing introspection as we finish up the month of March.

🐉Untended gardens look wild and overgrown. Overgrown with weeds means the plants are at the mercy of animals and insects. Sometimes, a neglected garden looks pretty on the outside, but get up close & you’ll see all the lost potential. Don’t let a few wild off-plan days ruin all the efforts you’ve planted in the past. Seeds take root somewhat quickly, but sometimes, sprouts may take weeks or months.

🌀We MUST tend to our own personal gardens of weight loss & maintenance. It is not optional, we must take care of ourselves & place our personal needs at the top of our lists (most days!). Old habits will creep back into our routines & it could lead to a complete collapse of our other hard work to lose or maintain weight.

🎋I chose the Voltaire saying “We Must Cultivate Our Own Garden” for this post because it sums up all the prepare-for-spring ideas I had for this month of March. When we focus on mini-goals each day or week, looking at the calendar or our watches becomes unnecessary. Instead, we can measure the passage of time by what we have or haven’t accomplished. We can look back and see what we learned & what still needs work. This gained knowledge marks the time more than any calendar could…or SCALE for that matter!

🍁We cultivate our weight loss wins by working on creating better habits that will serve us well for the long term. Review your larger goals & break them down into their components. See if you can create a routine for regular ‘maintenance’. A garden has to be attended to regularly, because if you just gave it everything it needed in one day, it wouldn’t help with the growing process.

🔆We are the owners of our own unique ‘gardens’ of functional routines, joy, fitness, & food, so we have to take responsibility for nurturing the seeds of our personal growth. No one else is going to magically know what you need unless you have taken the time to identify what those needs are…and even then, you need to tend to those needs on a regular basis. Never forget that YOU are in charge of you!

🌞Sunshine is a key nurturing agent for our mental health & it also reminds us to get outside and enjoy some fresh air. Spring is a great time to get some more outside time.

🌸So, pull out the weeds, drink plenty of water, and tend to your own soil so you can grow more confident, joyful, and secure in your ability to lose/maintain the weight. 😊

😁I am ‘rooting’ for ALL of you! Let’s do this. The time is now.

How will YOU tend to your weight loss garden?

🌷We Must Cultivate Our Own Garden - Voltaire 🌿

🌷We Must Cultivate Our Own Garden – Voltaire 🌿

(And fyi: I do not garden as I have zero patience for it. My plants think they live in a desert!) 🌵🌵🌵

Optimism Strategies: 10 Ways to Let Sunshine Into Your Life ☀️

Optimism Strategies: 10 Ways to Let Sunshine Into Your Life ☀️

Each day, we wake up to a choice: embrace the day with positivity, or let our emotions get the best of us. Looking at the ‘sunny-side’ of life is a skill that can be learned and practiced, even for naturally pessimistic folks. I just wanted to share a few ideas for staying mindfully positive.

Happiness is easier to carry around than misery, so I do my best to limit my pity parties to as little time as possible.

Today only happens once & I do not want to waste it swimming around in a bad mood any longer than necessary. Staying positive is not easy, but I am always looking for ways to enhance my methods.

Sunshine can take on many forms, but in our personal journeys, sunshine can light up your day in the following ways:

  1. ☀️ Literally: Open every single shade in your home to let as much light in as possible. Natural light can fill your home with physical warmth & makes everything sparkle!
  2. ☀️ Figuratively: Sunshine can fill our soul with light, love, and joy! Natural sunlight brightens our moods as well as our homes.
  3. 😍I bet you have friends and/or family that bring extra sunshine into your life. Treasure them & send some light back their way.
  4. 💡Replace those broken lightbulbs. Why? Because you should be able to brighten your home at night as much as possible. Living in a ‘dark’ place isn’t motivating for anyone.
  5. 🍴Eat TASTY, GOOD food. HEALTHY food digests well & promotes happy good feelings in your whole body. You’ll feel satisfied & that joy brightens up anyone’s day!
  6. ❤️ Give of yourself because your whole heart will be filled with sunshine after you do.
  7. 🤣Laugh! Watch a comedy, go see a comedian, or read the Sunday Comics because when you laugh, you will feel light & bright!
  8. 👗👔👠Wear Brightly-Colored clothing as color totally affects your mood. We all like to wear black, but try a few days of days of bright colors and see how much bolder & brighter you feel!
  9. 👍 Chose to have a positive outlook because happy people glow from within & brighten everyone around them.
  10. ☕️ Drink Coffee (ok, maybe that one is just for me as coffee lights up my morning! 😂)

Tuck these ideas away for a day that you wake up feeling lackluster about the world. Consider creating your own optimism strategies for your ‘less-than-sunny’ days.

Optimism Strategies: 10 Ways to Let Sunshine Into Your Life ☀️

Venice, Italy

☀️☀️☀️How do you, or How can you bring sunshine into YOUR life?☀️☀️☀️
Please add your own ideas in the comments.

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