Welcome to the Saturday Edition of Carol's Corner. Hope yours is happy and productive. It was a perfect day here in Central New York. We took today's picture in the gazebo outside the Country Music Park where we go dancing every Saturday night. We took one of my other pictures here, but the flowers are really blooming now so this one is even nicer. This is one of the three dresses I got this week on my anniversary shopping trip my husband gave me. Burlington Coat Factory is so awesome. You get so much more for your money. I totally love everything about this dress and it's the best dancing dress, so we're calling this ensemble,” Dancing The Night Away”.

I love that I sometimes, many times that seems to be, I have a jewelry set I've made that is a perfect match for a new outfit. This is totally the case here. It couldn't have been more perfect. In fact at the dance I got a lot of comments about my jewelry, so think this one was a home run.

And of course I had to have the perfect FitBit combo. Love my polka dotted band and then we pull in the yellow with the BandCuff.

I frequently ask my FaceBook groups for blog topic suggestions and I received a rather interesting one that I am going to try and talk about it. Hope I can do it justice.

Here is the question posed: “Do you lose weight to be happy or do you have to be happy to lose the weight?” Is that ever deep. I don't think you can answer that with one or the other. I think it's a little bit of both. I'm not going to use any articles on this. I think this is another one of those times I just need to speak from the heart and use my own experiences and those things I've seen in other people.

First off, there are many reasons for people to begin their journey into the world of weight loss. The biggest reasons for mine were issues of health,but deep down it really was more than that. I had let myself go and just had given up on the idea that at my age I could do anything about it. I was never an unhappy person, just the opposite. But along the way I had lost some of the joy and zest I had for life. I didn't know until I lost all the weight,just what a difference it would make. I didn't go on this journey to be happy, but now that I've arrived at the point I am now, I can't begin to tell you how happy I am in every way. For me,it has changed everything. At 64 years old, I feel better about myself than at any other point in my life. I think I actually love myself for the first time. And people, that is a wonderful thing. When you are happy and love yourself, you have so much more capacity to love others. It was through my own journey that I discovered what my true calling was. It is what I do here and what I share with my own Facebook group and the others that I am part of, and the people I meet that I try to help get started on the right path. For me, this part of my journey has brought me a happiness and sense of fulfillment that I can't even explain. To know that I have been able to impact the lives of people all over the globe, of people I've never met, is both humbling and amazing at the same time. So do you lose weight to be happy? Only you can answer that question for yourself. But I do know one very important thing. You can't do it for anyone else, you have to do it for you. You have to want it. And the joy and zest for life I had lost along the way, it has come back 10 fold. Every day is an adventure. I love how I look, I love how I feel, and I love the fulfillment I get from being able to inspire and motivate others to succeed on their journey.

That brings us to the second half of the question, the one I think is the hardest to answer. “Do you have to be happy to lose the weight?”

Chances are if you are basically an unhappy person to start with, you probably have a negative attitude about things. That in itself will be a hindrance. If you have this type of personality you probably will put stumbling blocks in the way that keep you from being successful. If you think this describes you, you need to sit down and try to examine what the reasons are that make you an unhappy person and take the steps necessary to turn them around. That doesn't mean you have to be happy all the time, but you do need to have the right attitude and mindset to be successful, when it comes to your weight loss journey. A happy person will see the glass as half full, whereas an unhappy or negative person will see the glass as half empty. You need to change the way you think, until you can see the glass as half full. Then you will have a better chance of doing all the things that are necessary to bring about success. Changing your attitude from a negative one to a positive one will have a major effect on your results when it comes to your weight loss journey. So change that frown into a smile and just see what happens.

So will losing weight make you happy? Only you can answer that for yourself. Your journey is yours and no one else's. Everyone's journey is unique. Everyone's reason for losing weight is different. But for myself, since I became the “new me” I am profoundly happier on many levels.

If you are not a happy person when you begin your weight loss journey, try to change your mindset and work on the things that cause you to not be happy. You will be amazed at what can happen when you have your mind in the right place.

So in closing remember that song that was so popular back in the day,


Till next time God Bless.


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