Now that school is back in session at my house, I consider summer "officially" over, even though it's still hot and humid and the leaves are still green and still on the trees.
I'm not a fan of summer for many reasons:
* I don't like hot weather (perfect, since I live in the south where it's hot 3/4 of the year, right?)
* I don't particularly care for hot weather fashion (which is what makes the world go 'round)
* My schedule isn't flexible and carefree and "fun in the sun"
That being said, I also live on the optimistic side of life, so every Memorial Day I give myself a pep talk about making summer a great experience for my son, since summer for a kid is magical.
Over the past couple of years I'd gained some weight. I am almost 46 years old and it's no secret that weight management (not to mention weight loss) gets tougher as we get older. When I got divorced I also started a job that is pretty much sitting at a desk for 8 hours a day. Add to that the limited amount of free time I have as a solo parent during the week to work out and I had myself a formula for fat.
So I pep-talked myself into a serious weight loss plan beginning the day after Memorial Day and in six weeks I lost 25 pounds and 2 dress sizes. I'm almost 5'10", so to be quite honest most people that see me regularly didn't even notice a change, but I most certainly can tell a huge difference. When I do mention my loss, everyone wants to know what I ate and how I did it and I plan to do a post on it later. If you have questions, leave them in the comments and I'll make sure to answer. I never struggled with my weight at all as an adult until I had a baby at almost 40 years old. Since then I've become fascinated with studying and reading about what we eat and how it affects our bodies. How many of you can relate to eating very little, exercising a lot and losing little, if any, weight?
|Before and After|
I began on the top level of my house and worked my way down. Baskets, bins and cupboards were cleaned out one by one. Toys, books, clothes, and accessories were packed up and moved out. I know the cute girls at my local consignment store by name now. I had two garage sales. I donated to Goodwill and the Disabled Vets. I filled big black garbage bags and hauled them up my driveway for the trash every Thursday morning . Every week, I did a little upstairs until it was done...and then I moved to the main level of my house and did it all over again.
Here's a little encouragement today if you're struggling a bit with clutter....or weight....or just stuff! You can do something about it. You can! I lost weight during summer holidays and pool parties where food was the focus. I lost weight during my summer vacation. I cleaned out my living room cabinets on a Thursday night at 11pm after working at my job for 10 hours. Getting rid of the blue paint can that had been sitting under there for months was my best accomplishment of the whole day! Like you, I spend so much of my day doing things for other people and it felt so good to do something for myself, and ultimately for my family. Even if it was close to midnight, I still went to bed feeling a sense of purpose and accomplishment.
If you need to proclaim a New Year - go for it. Maybe a new school year is just the margin you need to mentally start fresh. It was hard work for me but the rewards on the other side have been immeasurably worth it.
Happy Thursday to you! I'll be back tomorrow with some of my Friday Faves!