Preparing for Summer Months in Advance
Summer is coming and my body isn’t ready for it.
Between the months of say April and and October (the “summer” in South Carolina), I’m not inside much. Once the high starts hitting 80-degrees, the outdoor festivities begin, many involving a light shirt or (one day) no shirt. My summer means frequent trips to Myrtle Beach, swimming in the ocean, building sandcastles with my daughter on the beach, playing basketball, swimming in my in-law’s pool, sliding with my daughter on her slip-n-slide in our front yard, and mowing the lawn in the South Carolina summer heat. It also means kickball, soccer, softball, and whatever fun I can get into outside and in the sun.
I love the summer — I hate winter. There is one thing I like about it, though.
A lot of women I talk to love the winter because it’s easy to dress up and look your best. The winter makes it easy to hide a few extra pounds. It’s true — it’s easy for me to look nice walking around in a buttoned down shirt, dark jeans, and a sports jacket. I’ll be singing a different tune later this summer when I’m walking around in a light white t-shirt with The Muffin Man hanging around.
I dream of taking my shirt off in public. Dream of it. I have for my entire life. No matter how much weight I lose or how my body composition improves overall, I simply won’t be comfortable enough with taking my shirt off until my stomach is “ready.” And while it’s obviously vastly improved today, it’s not ready.
I hope it will be in a few months.
The time to start trying to lose weight for the summer is today.