Wednesday, August 09, 2017
Yes, I had to know. It's been 347 days since I was actively losing weight & watching my body change. I have hit a plateau which turned into a full blown rut & is about to become my launching pad. Unfortunately, my summer challenges have not moved me as I thought they might. I just haven't had it in me. There has been too much flux in my life for me to propel myself forward. Is that an excuse...or a reason?
Fall is my favorite time of year.
There's something about the change of season & "back to school" that signals renewal in my mind. To me it's more profound than January 1st or the changes that occur in Spring. My life is about to change in HUGE ways. My youngest son is going off to college, but my oldest son is moving home. I am an empty nester with the security of someone sharing my nest. Provided I can guide him into good behavior (guide...coax...cajole...threa
ten...) all will be well in my world. I am also not able to attend school this fall so I have an imposed break. This gives me time to do some things for ME that can potentially change my life.
First of all there's the matter of Marley my 6-ish year old mixed breed dog.
He has to be taken for WALKS & he generally isn't accustom to being home alone for 12 hour days. So for his safety & well being & my mental stability, Marley & Me will be going on more walks. I've already blocked it out on ALL of my calendars. Morning Walk, Walk After Work & Walk Before Bed. He's gotten a bit chubbier than he needs to be so the walks will start out slow & the distance won't be far...but they will definitely increase in pace & length. I am well aware that after fall comes winter so he & I both have to be prepared as the weather continues to change.
I'm also doing some fun meal planning. The week my youngest moves out, I am making myself a STEAK! Minor celebration for raising 3 (or 4) boys & getting them launched. I'm going to have a long talk with myself about how I did the best I could & that their success or failure is in their own hands. Wednesday is salmon day for the foreseeable future. I need that fatty fish in my life & Wednesday sounds like a perfect day!
Lastly I will be doing the HARD stuff of decluttering. My physical body will obviously be decluttered, but more importantly, I will be shedding the STUFF that one acquires in 20 years of living in one place. After the declutter ritual is done, there will come some DEEP cleaning & then I can actually start some much needed renovation in my home. It's gone 20 years without any real CHANGE or LOVE. It's time for both.