With great shame I admit it’s been a while since my last post. I have three nearly-complete entries in my documents that are stuck in the folder of good intentions. The craziness of summer made finishing anything difficult. Time seems to melt away as fast as the ice in your tea in summer. Juggling kids camp schedules with work and vacations, and before you know it, it’s over. Today I am setting the intention to turn a new leaf though, so you will be hearing a lot more of me in the weeks and months to come.
The day after Labor Day. Even though the calendar doesn’t say so for a few more weeks, summer is officially over and today I make the resolution of the new season to get back to my healthy ways. I put the kids on the bus this morning, undressed completely and stepped timidly on the dusty scale that was hiding in the cabinet under the bathroom sink. I knew by the increasing snugness of my clothes over the last few weeks that I would not be happy with the number. I now weigh exactly what I did when I was 22 weeks pregnant with my last child, which is 8 to 10 pounds more than I would like to weigh, and 5 pounds more than I weighed 3 months ago. I know that I am not fat, and I know 5 to 10 pounds is not a lot of weight to have gained, but it feels like a lot to lose. At my age (somewhere vaguely between mid to late thirties), losing 5 to 10 pounds is no piece of cake (pun fully intended).
You know how it goes over the summer though… so many barbecues and social outings and birthday parties and reasons to have ice cream and potato chips and cold beer. The extra hours of daylight prolong our pleasure and indulgence. The kids stay up. We eat too much and too late. We drink more than we normally do (or should). And having to frequently don a bathing suit isn’t reason enough to make us behave. I guess I should only speak for myself, but I have a feeling there are many moms out there with the same feeling this morning. The feeling of “Oh my gosh, I have to do SOMETHING before the holidays roll around or you’ll be rolling ME around by the holidays.”
Let’s face it, time is short. Halloween is only 8 weeks away. And in my house, that’s when all the sin begins (again). I am one of those mothers who ration the Halloween candy so it lasts at least until Thanksgiving, which gives me plenty of time to raid the loot for the best chocolates. Thanksgiving is gluttony squared and then the Christmas party season begins and goes on through New Years. I know from experience that if I get on that slippery slope already needing to lose a few pounds, I will just wait until January to resolve to lose it and enjoy the ride down that slide with reckless abandon, thinking “what the hell, what do I have to lose?” The answer: A lot more if I go that route…
So today I make my Fall Resolution to get back into a healthy routine of a balanced lean and lower carb diet and more regular exercise, beginning the journey back to my normal weight so I can gain the 5 to 10 pounds again in a few months without it becoming 10 to 20 pounds.
My strategy for Week 1: Keep a food journal and exercise log. Something about putting it in writing shames me into making healthy choices and not making excuses.
If you’d like to join me in the journey, please share your strategies in the comment section below.
Have a happy and healthy day!