What is it about summertime? Something about it screams day drinking, boating, junk food and irresponsibility.
This is the general pattern that myself and others tend to follow once that glorious warm weather hits. This summer, however I have taken a personal vow to be healthier. Why this sudden change in attitude in the 27th year of my life, you ask? Well, let me tell you.
Last summer, my boyfriend had a boat. It was the first one he’d ever bought for himself (as opposed to hopping on a friend’s, or his parent’s), and out of pure excitement he vowed to spend every single day on that boat. And he did. He practically spent the night on the damn thing. And while it was definitely fun to be with someone who owned a boat, it did not hold the same appeal to me as it did him. He would force me to take a sunset cruise with him every weekday after I got off work. Yes, force. Don’t get me wrong, boating is fun, but when you have to drop it in and drag it out and make sure you don’t crash into anyone or anything, it gets to be more exhausting and stressful than enjoyable.
And then, of course, every single weekend is completely consumed from morning until night with boating excursions and generally getting as drunk and sunburned as possible before the end of the weekend.
Basically, my entire last summer was spent in a drunken, sunlit haze in which I probably made a complete fool of myself, not to mention gained a few lbs from all the boozing (which almost always leads to drunk munchies). I did not like who I was or where I was when summer came to a close, and so I told myself that next summer would be different. Hence my motivation to make some significant changes in summer 2014.
First and foremost: I am going to spend the next few months documenting everything, and I mean EVERYTHING, that I’m doing for exercise as well as my diet and just basic daily activities that don’t involve irresponsibility. I mean, I’m almost 30-years-old, for crying out loud! I’m almost too old to be dabbling in things that I was doing when I was in high school.
Another reason I am doing this is for my dogs. Last summer they were severely desperate for attention because so much of my boyfriend’s and my time was spent on the boat or going out to bars. I ended up having to pay a HUGE fine after my lease was up because they destroyed the carpet from ripping and scratching at it out of boredom, not to mention going to the bathroom in the house because they were cooped up inside all day long. After seeing how unhappy they were, I swore I would never put my unnecessary needs before them.
So, this summer is devoted to them and me – our happiness together, as a family. Stay tuned for updates with our progress and full enjoyment of summer 2014.