It just feels that way. One of the reasons I love Connecticut is because of its four seasons. The fallen snow on the stone wall surrounding our property looks like something out of a Currier & Ives Christmas card. I wouldn\u2019t trade it for anything. I\u2019m ashamed to admit it, but this happens every year. I get so excited waiting for winter to begin. I love the first snowfall. But the work and the cold gets old quickly. Soon I lose sight of the beauty and I see the dirt, the extra time, the work and the cleanup, the dirt and salt on my car and my kitchen floor. I\u2019m so ready for it all to end. But as I stare intently at my calendar, I realize that winter may be far from over. There will be more shoveling and snow tunnels. And there will be a lot more Ice Melt and its residue on my windshield before we feel spring\u2019s warm touch on our corner of the world. What\u2019s not to complain about? Reminds me of a weight loss story I once heard. So exciting in the beginning, almost fun. New. Fresh. But it gets old quickly and we don\u2019t see an end in sight. Life gets hard. The kids come home from college and want goodies. Our income is reduced for one reason or another. We get snowed in with less routine and more food available. We\u2019re sick. We can\u2019t work out. Stress comes creeping out of all corners from the fun holidays to the sad, grief-filled trials. With all this added stress, who would expect us to stick with our program? But I know from experience that there are bulbs getting ready deep within the frozen ground. Ready to burst forth in a glorious array of color and scents, full of a fresh beauty that will keep me going for yet another season. I know that those stark branches waving around like icy fingers hold new life within them. In just a few months they will once again show off a lush green canopy over a slowly warming earth. I know all this because that is what happens each spring. I also know that life continues. New situations arise and bring relief. I know that if I persevere I will outlive the desire for something that\u2019s not on my program. If I put more time into planning, I will enjoy what I\u2019m doing more. I know it. I\u2019ve seen it. Haven\u2019t you? Don\u2019t you know that even though it might seem old right now, you can put in more effort and ride out the winter? If you don\u2019t, you\u2019ll just have to believe me. Try it. Because it\u2019s never always winter. Not where I am. Not where you are. \u201cThere is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.\u201d Ecclesiastes 3:1 Kim Bensen, author of Finally Thin, was a lifetime yo-yo dieter who lost 200+ pounds and has kept it off for more than 10 years. She owns the Kim Bensen Weight Loss Center and just opened Kim\u2019s Light Caf\u00e9 on Bridgeport Avenue in Shelton. For more information, tips and recipes, go to kimbensen.com.