Memorial Day weekend is considered the unofficial start of summer. To me, it’s the official start of what I like to call, “Fat Season.” It’s not just that summer is a time of BBQs, beer, and all kinds of outdoor fun, but there’s just a lot going on for me personally that has big potential for derailing my commitment to good health.
This upcoming Thursday, my husband and I will be packing up the car and dog and spending a nice long weekend in Cape Cod. The land of chowda, lobsta rolls, salt water taffy, and for us, pancakes. For some reason the Cape is one of the only places we go out to breakfast and have pancakes. There are just a lot of yummy breakfast places there, it’s become a non-optional tradition. Then, the first weekend in June is my birthday, and the weekend after that is our wedding anniversary. Both occasions come along with drinking, cake, desserts, and restaurants.
In the past, this is usually it for me – the time of year that all attempts to continue on a healthy path come to screeching halt. On top of the celebrations, it’s just a hard time to stay motivated to exercise. All I want to do is hang out in the nice weather and have a cocktail, go out with friends, or be doing anything else than sweating my butt off running in the heat or working out to a DVD.
I feel as if it’s already started. Last week was tough for me – I lost another pound but I only exercised twice. Twice! That is inexcusable. The summer lazy got to me. I did remain active and worked outside in the yard for a couple of days, and my arms and back are sore from yard work cleanup and weed whacking. I assume that is how I saw good results on the scale, but there is no excuse for skipping my workouts.
I am determined to get through this month and stay the course. I would like to change “Fat Season” into “Active Season.” I don’t want to give up my birthday cake, pancakes or chowda! These are things I enjoy and treats that make life fun. But, if I want to enjoy these things, there needs to be balance, or even better, ways to tip the scale in the right direction and keep losing weight.
For this weekend, I am packing my running shoes. I grew up going to the Cape in the summer, but I have never run there and that fresh beach air will bring joy to my lungs. If I want to eat pancakes, chowda and a lobsta roll, I should run everyday, or do something else active that day. I am also going to try bringing my extremely energetic dog with me on runs. I’ve never run with her and she is not great on a leash, but the open streets and paths in Cape Cod make for a good training ground to give it a whirl. If I can train her to run with me, it will help us both. If I can get her to love going outside for a run, then it will be harder for me to skip it. Her cute face can be very persuasive.
As for my birthday and our wedding anniversary, I just need to stick to my plan and continue to work out, and be healthy on the non-celebratory days. I can’t let these occasions act as a catalyst to derail the rest of the 6 days that week. It’s going to be hard and tempting, but nothing is ever easy. June might not be the biggest month for me in terms of weight loss, but that’s fine. It doesn’t have to take over the rest of my life.
I know it’s always something – after this will be the 4th of July, then my husband’s birthday, or another vacation. But, I feel like if I can get over this June bump in the road then I will be well on my way to a maintaining a healthy lifestyle for the long term. Learning to handle all these “somethings” over the course of the year without falling back into old bad habits is a big part of long term success.
So bring it on Fat Season, I’m ready for the challenge! Give me your best shot.