Summer’s Over

Terri’s View: The lazy, hazy days of summer will be leaving us shortly. No more beaches, pools or picnics. It’s back to school and back to routines. Many of you see this as a sad time; but me, I say “Bring it on!” Of course, I enjoy not hearing every morning, “Mommy what are we doing today?” Not having to be the entertainment committee to my 2 kids, ages 6 and 4, after 2 months is a beautiful thing.

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Terri’s View: The lazy, hazy days of summer will be leaving us shortly. No more beaches, pools or picnics. It’s back to school and back to routines. Many of you see this as a sad time; but me, I say “Bring it on!” Of course, I enjoy not hearing every morning, “Mommy what are we doing today?” Not having to be the entertainment committee to my 2 kids, ages 6 and 4, after 2 months is a beautiful thing.

Those of you that read my blog regularly also know that my husband has not been working since April. So as much as this was a fun summer, it was also a little too much togetherness at times coupled with the stress of unemployment. Sorry, Hun, you know I love you, but I’m glad the summer is over! 

Being back in the routine is something I need right now. I am embarrassed to say how much weight I have put on. I am blogging to you good people, but it has been a struggle for me to say the least. The financial stress along with summer being my hard time anyway does not make for a svelte mama. I feel the extra weight and although my girlfriends say they don’t see it, I can feel it and see it. As a matter of fact, the woman in the nursery at my gym made a comment “Oh, are you gaining weight?” Well, yes I am, I thought, gee, thanks for noticing. And p.s. there goes your tip today

Today is my last indulgence, as it is Labor Day. But I am committed to be back on the program, strong and steady, starting tomorrow. I will be kicking myself for letting my weight go in the wrong direction for too long. Ed tried to nudge me to do the right thing, but he knows that when I am bent on self-destruction, I’m going to do what I want to anyways. So for me, I happily say so long summer; hello routine!

Ed’s View: With Labor Day here, the summer of 2010 comes to a close. For some, this is good news; the summer eating season comes to an end – but does it? Foods that try our will-power will always be around. September doesn’t cause our food choices to change for the better; it means the choices that tempt our palettes change.

Instead of hot dogs and hamburgers, you’ll be tempted by a different food. Instead of stressing over the foods that will be on our table for the summer, we now can stress about the turkey and all the fixings that usher in the holiday season. And let’s not forget Halloween – where we make all our kids do the work and tell them we need to inspect the candy!

What I guess I’m trying to say, is that we will always be tempted with food and situations that we are placed into; the idea is to make the right choices at the time. Hopefully you’ve done your homework and can guess the calories that certain foods carry. Knowing this information is half the battle to help with your journey to your goal.

Taking the time to get a workout in also is a big factor. If you can’t get your workout in, the next best thing is to get up and go for a walk; it gets you away from the fridge, gives you some exercise and you may end up meeting a friend along the way.

Losing weight takes determination. Like anything you want badly, you must be determined enough to take control. Yes, summer is over but the next eating excuse is right around the corner.

Blog written by Ed and Terri Masak
Ed and Terri have been married for almost 20 years. Together, they made the commitment to get healthy for each other and their 2...