It's hard to believe it - safe here in the waning days of September - but it's true nonetheless. In fact, I always think of Labor Day as the beginning of the holiday season because between then and Thanksgiving there are a lot of other festive dining opportunities. In September there is always the Library Director's meeting in Richmond (just over - only had to deal with 2 large pieces of cake!!) and my birthday, which tends to include several celebratory lunches out with BFFs.
October is a special anniversary for Himself and me. (yes that is the correct form ... "me" is the objective case and receives the action of the preposition ... You wouldn't say, "an anniversary for I" now, would you? from the grammar police) October also means another state-wide library meeting at the end of the month and a sister's birthday.
November nearly always has an autumn vacation in it - frequently a trip to NYC to visit beloved friends, one of whom has taken the Culinary Institute of America course and always showers us with glamour food. Then of course - there is Thanksgiving Day itself. And we all know what December has packed in its 4 and a half short weeks. Yeah. I'm thinking of White Chocolate Peppermint Bark ...
So what can I do about it? Nothing as far as the scroll of holiday events, of course. Besides, the real question is " how can I prepare for the triumph of being in OneFortyVille on January 1, 2013?" Because that is what I really want.
I actually want it to be before then, but I don't just want to get there - I want to move in and stay. And so, back to the question ... What can I do? In 8 weeks what can I do?
The first thing that popped into my head was EXERCISE!
Perhaps that is because lately I've been giving exercise, and my beloved gym, the short end of my day - or none of it at all. Mind now, I
exercise. I just feel like I have so many other demands on my time that sometimes something has to give ... and it's easy to let it be exercise. I had serious work that kept me overtime yesterday. It was so late when I was done I just did not want to go to the gym - even though my body ached to go. That old school marm left brain of mine sure does love to cling to a schedule. Ugh.
But even she knows that I'll never make it through the holidays, much less reach my goal weight in October, without it. So the most important thing I can think to do is to make a commitment to 30 minutes of exercise, 7 days a week.
Hmmm. I really like that. Right now, on a good week, I hit the gym 4 days a week and am active on the weekends. I think it's time for a little more structure. I believe that for the next 8 weeks I will commit to 30 min./7 days. And I'll track it. And it will be non-negotiable. And there will be a reward.
The other thing I need to do is recommit to my whole healthy choice program - as if I were a brand new beginner at this weight loss effort. Watching what I eat - drinking enough water - getting enough sleep. Yup. Time to start fresh and reach my goal. So I'll be back with more thoughts on this as the week rolls by.