Karen Carpenter, lead singer of “The Carpenters” died over 37 years ago but many of her songs still play over the airways, in movies and on the playlists of many baby boomers such as me. On pretty much every list of top female vocalists, her name is there. She unfortunately died from complications of the eating disorder, Anorexia Nervosa. Medicine knew little about this potentially deadly psychiatric disease back then, with very little available in terms of medical therapy.
One of her most popular (and haunting) songs was “Rainy Days and Mondays”. As I am writing this entry, it is early Monday morning and pretty much everyone agrees that Mondays are not usually our favorite day of the week as it signifies the return to work and the fun/relaxation of the weekend is over. Add on the potential of clouds/rain, and Mondays indeed, can bring our mood lower.
A positive mood is of utmost importance for a successful weight control journey. When mood is low, energy tends to follow and in turn, less exercise, less planning, less focus and other “needs” for successful weight control fall by the wayside. Conversely, when a positive mood is present, this energy can be translated into the many action items needed for weight control.
Sometimes mood issues are chemically induced and I believe every woman out there can relate to mood changes that accompanied different hormonal cycles, post partum times, etc. Environmental issues, such as the current pandemic, contribute as well.
During the course of our lifetimes we will all have sunshine, weekends and times when we are happy. However, we will also experience times of stress, low energy and rainy days and Mondays. Always keep an open mind to seeking help if you feel your mood is low too often and impacting negatively on your health. I am an e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org), a phone call or text (703-609-0388) away.
And to Karen Carpenter: Probably the best female voice I have ever heard singing songs. Rest in peace.