Summer – It is that time of the year that requires being outside, basking in the sun, playing in the water, picnics, cookouts, get-togethers. Of course, this also means that it requires less time online. This is what has been occurring for me over the past month or so. Jim and I have been enjoying our new boat, spending time with friends, working outside and just relaxing each weekend to the neglect of my blog and online friends. I am not going to apologize for it because I am thoroughly enjoying myself. Rather, this is more my way of stating that I am no longer going to fight the siren’s call of summer and embrace my weekends offline even more. This will be especially important when the kids come back home (on Friday). I hope that each of you is enjoying the summer weather as much as we are!
So, what have I been doing with my time this weekend? Boating, visiting with family (Jim’s sister, brother-in-law, and two college-aged nieces), visiting with friends, watching the World Cup, and reading. The weather finally cooled off a bit to make going outside tolerable, especially when going outside involves sitting lakeside. I love when Jim’s sister and her family comes to visit. We always have a wonderful time, and this weekend was no exception. I love soccer, and there is a part of me that is disappointed that the World Cup is now over. Part of my feelings may be due to the fact that I realized that Connor will have finished his freshman year of high school the next time the World Cup plays. Dang. Part of me will miss the excitement and fever pitch of the fans. (I also think I will miss the vuvuzelas; they would make for a great instrument to use to wake up the kids when they refuse to get out of bed in the morning!) I loved being a part of something that excites the entire world, not just the U.S. Hopefully, during the next four years, the U.S. spectators can learn more about the game and appreciate it a bit more rather than look down their noses at a sport they do not quite understand.
Another major part of the weekend was preparing for my participation in the Game On Diet. Competing with four other women, the game starts today. I had to read the book, buy the food, figure out my one bad and one good habit, prepare to drink all that water, and mentally gear myself up for what I hope will be a life-changing event. At weigh-in today, I topped out at a weight that I have not seen since I was pregnant, and I swear that will be the LAST time I see that weight on my scale. I realize that I have slipped into the overweight category for the first time ever. I am done making excuses (“but I do not eat poorly” or my personal favorite “the last time I exercised hard for any length of time, I gained weight so what’s the point?”) and am going to embrace the healthy habits. My goal is to play the game with my online friends and then
coerce talk my husband into playing a game, then some friends of ours to play the game. The longer I can continue it, the better it is for everyone involved. So, Game On!
Thanks, Jennifer! It should be interesting!
Good luck with the Game On diet! Hope it works and that is pretty painless.