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In the Immortal Words of Joe Walsh…

Sunday, January 13, 2013

…”I can’t complain, but sometimes I still do.” Despite having so much going well in my life, so much to be thankful for and no legitimate reason to complain, my year got off to a rough start. Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been rather depressed and once I went back to work after New Year’s, my mood worsened. My eating went downhill and I had several days of over-eating and binging. At least I kept to most of my normal exercise routine every day and I also had several days of staying in my calories. But I was just not feeling happy or energetic or wanting to do much of anything but overeat food I normally avoid. It wasn’t fun. Most of the food I didn’t even enjoy, but I repeatedly over-ate to the point of being uncomfortable and even less interested in doing anything besides sitting on the sofa and watching TV. I avoided friends, ignored phone calls and stayed away from SparkPeople.

Not the way I want to spend my days and certainly not the way to maintain my weight! Then on Friday, another day of bad eating and depressed mood, inspiration struck. As the weekend approached, I had been thinking all I wanted to do was go to bed and stay there until Monday morning. However, the weather was unseasonably mild, up in the 50’s and the same was forecast for Saturday. I decided I would take advantage of the break in the cold temps and hit the beach. Not only would a long walk be good exercise, but I find walking along Lake Michigan to be very restorative on a psychological and spiritual level. Just the thought of being at the beach made me feel better.

One of my friends who often joins me for beach walks, was up for a January jaunt. Even before we arrived yesterday morning, I could feel my mood lifting. Our dogs immediately engaged in zoomies of joy upon our arrival:

Quinn (AKA, his lordship) became impatient with our dilly dallying and demanded we get the party started:

More zoomies ensued:

We eventually settled into our usual two hour walk:

Of course, anytime my friend and I come across something new on which to pose the poor dogs (in this case, part of someone’s dock that washed away in a storm), we can’t resist a quick photo op. Here we have Border Collies on a Plank:

Being in the 50 degree temperatures, listening to the surf, seeing the occasional peak of the sun, looking for beach glass, chatting with my friend, watching the dogs’ antics, and just walking along the water, I felt better than I have in weeks. In fact, I felt great.

The Beach – It is good!

There are lots of photos of Border Collies in this blog because 1. I love Border Collies and 2. Even though I can’t go faster than a brisk walk, the photos of their running full out for the sheer pleasure of it mirror how I felt inside. Watching them run and leap, my soul also leaped for joy to be out by the Lake, enjoying the beautiful day, and savoring the gifts of health, fitness and friendship. And it was pretty good beach glass too!

I feel like I am finally back on track with eating. Something just feels different inside, the way I felt before the holidays started. I pray that feeling sticks and I will settle back into the healthy lifestyle and all its accompanying benefits that I have worked so hard to achieve. In the meantime, I have a couple weeks of catching up the best I can to do here on SP. I've missed my SparkFriends, want to hear how everyone is doing and am glad to be back.

As we head into another week, I hope we all have our moments of joy and inner peace to help us remember what we know is important in life and utilize the healthy coping skills that will allow us to achieve our goals.

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  • RX_2_RV
    Thanks for the inspiration! Time for a trip to the beach!

    I love the pictures of the dogs having fun....brings back great memories of my canine companions who have passed, Josie and Bullet the wonder-dog. emoticon
    2902 days ago
    Had to come back to your blog for more PUPPY PICTURES!
    2906 days ago
    Great blog!! Improved my mood just looking at the pictures and imaging being on the beach. I miss the beach a lot. Lived in Calif for years less than 15 minutes to the beach. Now in the N.E. corner of Texas have to imagine the feel, sight and sound of the surf. Just looking at a seascape brings me peace and rejuvinates my spirit. Loved the pictures of the dogs too. They are such fun, loving frieds.
    2911 days ago
    What a bold and wonderful thing to have done: shoehorn yourself out of a funk with a trip to the beach. I am so inspired! emoticon
    2912 days ago
    I love this blog! Your description of the "Zoomies" is right on too! hehe I was remarking to a friend of mine recently, as she brought out the leashes for her 2 dogs: "Don't you wish that something, anything could make you feel that much joy every single time?" lol Thank God for our furry friends! They have so much to offer and to teach us! Unconditional love is the big one!

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    2921 days ago
    I'm so glad your feeling better. I agree walks on the beach can lift your spirits.
    I use to live in Three Oaks, MI just a few miles from lake MI . I loved walking on the beach.
    Thank you for sharing your pictures.They made me feel like I was back home again!

    2922 days ago
    Soemtiems all you really need is a bit of movement, a bit of sun, and some dog happies to get you doing! :)
    2926 days ago
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    Loved your inspirational story! just getting started! way to go! emoticon

    2928 days ago
    Zoomies! what a great concept to capture the joy. GOod luck on your journey to capture and contain that joy.
    2932 days ago
    I agree wholeheartedly: The Beach Is Good! (And it is much, much better when you've got a dog with you!)

    Every Saturday morning at 10, rain or shine, my best friend and my favorite brown dog pick me up and we go for a long beach walk. It has a way of soothing any troubles from the prior week and setting me up for a good weekend. I love the word you chose-- "restorative" is a perfect way to describe it.

    Loved the photos. You can never have too many pictures of dogs frolicking!

    2933 days ago
  • CAMAEL100
    Sounds like a great walk. It is hard to get back on track after the holidays. Glad you found your motivation again!
    2934 days ago
    So glad you are feeling better! What a beautiful beach you have to walk on - along with beautiful dogs. So we are both back on track, moving on and learning each phase along the way. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2934 days ago
    I am so glad the walk helped you. I have struggled with depression for many years. Most of the time I wouldn't know what set me off. I found that the thing that helps me the most is being near water. Luckily Tenneessee has many lakes and the weather is usually warm enough that I can walk just about anytime. I live within 20 minutes of a state park which has a 2 mile track that circles a lake. You can see the lake the entire trail and even cross it on a wooden bridge. I want my ashes scattered there as I have found such peace walking that trail. Well I have rambled enough. Know that my prayers and understanding are with you.
    2934 days ago
  • MKELLY72
    Glad to hear you are in a better place now. I've struggled back and forth with that myself the last several weeks, and sometimes it's real work to drag yourself out of the funk. My friends were so good to me too- it's good to have them pulling for you :)
    2935 days ago
    Fresh air...sunshine...pooches...life IS good!

    2935 days ago
    love the "zooms" - describes multiple border collies to a T:-) we had my daughter's BC for a month, and every time we went out something would set off the zoomies and you've never seen such speed! love the BCs on the plank pic - the last one looks like my pelle (see my blog earlier this week for pic of him on the beach here in hawaii!).

    glad that the beach and the BCs help to put you back on track. it's only natural to have ups and downs - but good to know what helps, too.
    2935 days ago
    I don't think there are many of us maintainers who don't go through some ups and downs in the process, so don't worry about your little slip. The important thing is that you're back on track now. I know you can do it!
    2935 days ago
  • 123ELAINE456
    Awesome Blog. You have Beautiful Dogs too. I'm glad your Moods are so much better and that You feel Great too so that you can get back to your normal routine of doing things too God BlessYou and Have a Wonderful Week. Take Care.
    2935 days ago
  • no profile photo CD12459382
    What a beautiful blog! So glad your mood picked up.
    2935 days ago
    Aww the dogs doing their zoomies are adoreable!

    Glad . . . so glad . . . you got your mojo on the road again! It's hard to do but you're on your way.

    Keep it up. HUGS For sure you know that staying connected here on SP is important!
    2935 days ago
    What a great blog! Being outside with my dog is very often a "portal" back to joy. And even when I may not be able to sustain that feeling . . . I know where to find it again!
    2935 days ago
    emoticon I love the beach! Wish I lived close to one myself. So glad it made you feel better. Really nothing better for low spirits than watching dogs romp and play! emoticon I felt better just looking at the pictures. emoticon
    Just remember we all get in a slump sometimes, the important thing is not to stay there. emoticon
    2935 days ago
  • no profile photo CD3876543
    What a lovely day! So glad for you!!! And I know you are back on track for good. You and I both! We will do this together!
    2935 days ago
    Congrats on going to the beach! It looks like you had a wonderful time! I'm so happy for you. The pictures are beautiful!
    2936 days ago
    So glad you went to the beach, sounds like it was a turning point
    2936 days ago
    Sorry to hear that you were down, but glad to hear that you are getting back on track. I hope you can stay on track!
    2936 days ago
    Many people have told me that seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a real phenomenon. I'm glad to hear that you're back on track. You're lucky to have easy access to such a beautiful environment.
    2936 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4051125
    Sorry you ave had a rough beginning to the New Year. Depression is real, and it is tough to beat sometimes. I am proud of you for having the courage to get out and go for that walk on the beach! And I'm glad you are back! Here's to a good 2013 for all of us!
    2936 days ago
  • no profile photo CD9753279
    So glad that you are back on track. I was feeling down in much the same way last week but something clicked this morning and I feel SO much better! I braved the cold and went for a brisk and brief walk with my dog Dylan who is a cross but definitely has Border Collie in his genes! I have stayed well within my calories today with little effort too so all in all it has been a good day! emoticon
    2936 days ago
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