Monday, August 22, 2011

The Dog Days of Summer

As my summer comes to an end and the daily grind begins, I felt like it was time to share a few words of reflection on how the dog days of summer went!  Having not spent one summer completely free of work in decades, I made the most of having all the time in the world.  I think, though, that I was busier every day this summer than I am when I'm working full time.  What adventures we had!  State parks galore, California, Pennsylvania, camping, beach lounging, you name it, we probably did it!  And then there was waking up late and drinking coffee until the kids woke up.  The best part of the whole summer though, was hearing my 2 year old wake up in the morning, walk down the stairs, see me and say, "What we doing today, mama?"

I tell you this, because it occurred to me about half way through the summer fun, that having so much fun wouldn't have been possible if I hadn't gotten healthier.  The old me would have sent the kids to daycare or camp and I would have hung around the house or did some lazy errands on my own.  It's only with my renewed sense of well-being that I've been able to enjoy what it means to spend time engaged with my family and to be an energized example to my children.  The weight-loss process has brought me a renewed sense of commitment to my family and their well-being.

So, as the school-year begins and day-to-day takes hold, I am thankful for the fun times had this summer and look forward to this year with anticipation and excitement as I continue on my journey and put these summer days behind me!  Forward I go with healthy choices and the confidence to continue losing weight!

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