I’m Not Ready to Say Goodbye to Summer Just Yet

I don’t know about you, but I’m not ready to say goodbye to summer just yet. It is my favorite season and I’ve gotten really comfortable spending most of  my days wearing tank tops and flip flops while spending time with Cody and Nick. I’ll miss them when they go back to school next week. I mean I’m all for a high school education, but I enjoy their company and I really hate setting my alarm clock, so back-to-school is going to hurt in more ways than one.

As I look back at our summer I realize we didn’t really accomplish a whole lot and I don’t think that’s a bad thing. While it would have been really great to take a family vacation, it just never seems to happen during the summer months since they are the busiest for Paul. The joy of working in hospitality. We did manage to sneak in some quality family time here and there, which included our annual tradition of watching the movie Meatballs and playing hours of the board game Sorry. Nick would probably tell you his most memorable experience from the entire summer was attending his very first WWE Pay-Per-View event in Boston when he and Paul drove south to spend the night and attend Money in the Bank. Nick and I took our own trip to Boston recently and even though it probably wasn’t as spectacular as seeing his favorite superstars wrestling in a ring, I’d like to think he’ll always cherish our one-on-one time together. I’ll share more about what we did in another post because it was really quite fun. 

The most important thing I did this summer was actually something I did for myself. There was a time when I would have felt guilty for making myself a priority, but the older I get the more I realize that taking care of myself means I can take better care of my family. At the beginning of the summer I set two challenging goals for myself and while I’m not sure what I was thinking when I decided to combine the two I can proudly say I’ve made a lot of progress.

Goal #1 – Lose 15 pounds.

Goal #2 – Train to run a 5K in under 30 minutes.

Believe it or not, these two goals don’t complement each other as naturally as  you might think, which is something I learned pretty quickly. See, I have spent 5-6 days working out (usually at my local track) for 1-2 hours each session and even though I wasn’t hopping on the scale every single day I was a little discouraged to see very little change on the days I weighed myself. I’m not kidding when I say I was working my butt off, literally even, and eating healthy only to see no change on the scale. Of course I realize that gaining muscle often equates to no change on the scale, but I was seriously starting to thing the darn thing was broken. Until about a week ago. I stepped on the scale. I stepped off the scale. I stepped back on the scale because I wasn’t sure I believed my eyes. It was 5 pounds less than the beginning of the summer. While I wish it was more, I was beyond thrilled to finally see that number drop to a place I hadn’t seen on the scale in about a decade. It turns out hard work really does pay off. Or maybe this time my scale really was broken.

P.S. I’ve made a lot of progress with my other goal, too, but I’ll share more about that later!

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