Are you ready for Summer?

May 26, 2009

We keep talking about how fast time flies, but it’s true, isn’t it? It seems like the school year just started yesterday and it’s going to be June in just a few days! Seriously?

Now that Memorial Day has come and gone, there is no doubt that Summer is right around the corner. The first day of Summer actually begins at 1:45 a.m. on June 21st and technically, Summer begins on June 20th at 10:45 p.m. in California. Yikes!

Depending on where you live, it may already feel like Summer. It does here in Southern California.  Summer is my favorite season, but I’m just not ready for it yet! I’ve been putting off the dreaded trip to the mall to look for a new swimsuit. I’ve been wearing suits that are old, faded, and stretched out just because I am NOT in the right frame of mind to go swimsuit shopping. I had hoped to have five pounds fall off of me first. It just hasn’t quite worked out that way.

I told SirHoney that Memorial Day was our “last hoorah” and after that, it’s time to get serious about trimming down a little for Summer. A friend of ours just told me over the weekend that she lost ten pounds in a week on the Cabbage Soup diet! Do I dare go down that path? Nope. Don’t think so. First of all, it doesn’t even seem possible to me to lose that much in a week, but even if you do, I’m sure you put it back on right when you start eating normal again.

Starting today, there are going to be some changes in our meal planning. Nothing too drastic and definitely ‘doable’. SirHoney had a doctor’s appointment last week and due to slightly high blood pressure, his Dr. has advised him to go on the Dash Diet Eating Plan to see if he can lose five pounds in a month. I’m going to buy the Dash Diet Action Plan book from Amazon to make sure that I’m planning our meals accordingly. The Eating Plan has been proven to lower blood pressure in 14 days.

From the little I’ve read so far, the Eating Plan seems to be a lot like the Mediterranean Diet. Basically, it’s whole grains, at least four servings of fruits and vegetables a day, nuts, low fat dairy and lean meat. This is how I try to plan most of my meals anyway, but the fact that his doctor has advised him to follow the plan, maybe he won’t be inclined to cheat with a big fat Reuben sandwich or gigantic Porterhouse steak. He’ll definitely have to try harder to get in the fruits and the veggies each day, but it’s certainly worth the effort to avoid having to take medication.

Of course, at least 30 minutes of exercise a day would help him shed the pounds even quicker, but I’ve not been too successful in convincing him of that. I’m hoping to be back to my walking regime very soon so, hopefully, we’ll both lose a few pounds and I can feel better about that swimsuit shopping trip.

~LilSis

3 Comments so far

  1. Posted by noble pig

    May 26, 200910:32 am

    Walking everyday makes such a difference in losing some pounds! And lots of melon…fills you up and is almost all water.

  2. Posted by LilSis

    May 26, 200911:36 am

    Thanks Noble Pig – Melons are a great idea. I was just asking him this morning which fruits he wanted me to buy besides bananas, apples, and peaches. Since he needs to eat four or five a day, I really need to keep a variety so he doesn’t get bored.

  3. Posted by BigSis

    May 26, 20094:30 pm

    I agree with Noble Pig…walking is the best! I love the therapeutic effect of it as much as the physical exercise. I wish I wasn’t allergic to melons! How about honeycrisp apples for SirHoney? They’re my favorite. My summer combo for second breakfast is pineapple, strawberries and blueberries. Texas blueberries are due any day now, and they are fabulous!

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