Author Note: This article is part of a collection from the previously lost Bordering Bears website, and has thus been re-uploaded and archived.

I often say I’m going to do things but then these good intentions fall by the wayside. Making the most of summer is normally one of these.

Every year I say I’m going to slim down, exercise more, eat better, get up earlier…. none of it happens. They are mostly related to how I look, too. That never bodes well.

The main issue is I make these grand promises, lots of them, with no real thought or plan. I hate routine. I hate doing the same things, repetitively, yet that is normally the best way to make something happen.

This summer I’m going to make myself different promises.

  • I’m going to spend more time smiling
  • Do more things I enjoy
  • Go to the beach more
  • Go for more walks at Staunton

Rather than making giant promises, let’s start smaller. Large goals are great to work towards, but can seem overbearing. I need to find ways to make them happen.

In hot weather, it is best to go for a walk earlier. I love seeing the deer and squirrels. So, it makes sense that I’d put this as a goal. It goes towards several of my larger goals, but makes it more concrete. Walking helps with weight loss and health, and I’d have to get up earlier to accomplish this.

Smiling and doing more things I enjoy are a given. It’s hard to lose weight or to manage your mental health if you have no enjoyment. I’m the kind of person who eats her feelings. If I’m upset I either scoff down comfort food or deny myself food as a form of punishment. Normally, it’s the overeating as I just can’t resist. I figure if I include more enjoyable activities, that will help with everything along with my motivational issues.

You read everywhere about how people are having “the best summer ever” because they’ve slimmed down, look gorgeous, or got lots of money. Yeah, sure, heard it all before.
Or my personal favourite: Are you bikini ready?
Yes, I bloody well am. I have a body. I have a bikini. Boom. Done. Idiots.

All reading that tripe does is make you feel crap. I wish comes into play a lot. Truth be told, you’ll never have a good summer, or even life, if you constantly compare yourself to celebrity culture and the like.

Plus, let’s be frank here, it’s easy to look good when you can afford to go under the knife or hire a trainer.

Instead, I’m going to have a great summer simply because I will it.

Anyone can do it. Find things you enjoy. Put them into your summer plan.

Wear that bikini.

Have that ice cream.

Stick your middle finger up at anyone who tells you you can’t do something because of your looks, weight, mental health etc etc (proverbially of course! Please don’t get arrested or in trouble)

Make your goals realistic and enjoyable, and your summer will shine that bit more.

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