16 June 2009

the most boring summer EVER

summer 2009

Wasn't it our dear Jack Sh*t who wrote a letter from his future self to the present-day guy, telling him all the reasons he was glad he followed his weight loss plan?

This is an "over the shoulder" shot of me driving out of the desert. No cars for miles around. Kind of cloudy, kind of bright, not too hot. Just driving.

These days, my thoughts are changing. Even my dreams are changing. I feel like I am going somewhere. Waiting to go somewhere. Getting the heck out of Dodge. Not in Kansas anymore. Poor Kansas. Always getting the bad rep. Or is it a bad "rap?"

I am finally ready to start my journey. I thought I was already journey-ing. The truth is, I am just getting started. And I am planning to have the most boring summer ever.

Just for this summer, I plan to do my boring work out most every day, even when I don't feel like it. Even if it's for five minutes. Just do it.

Just for this summer, I will pack my boring little lunch, without all the little "treats" I think I am entitled to, and will no doubt die without. I will do without them, just for one short summer.

Just for this summer, I will not even go to places that have been a temptation before. I will go PRE-prepared (hehe) and feel the boredom of not having everything I want. As if my eyes conspire with my hands, and force the forbidden food into my open, waiting mouth.

I am my own worst enemy. That fat Oompa Loompa in my ego's mind is forever telling me what to do. I know a guy named Ken. He says when the ego talks, do the opposite of what it says, and you'll be fine!

So just for this June, July and August, I will be on a budget of my mind. I can hear that little brat screamin' now! No junk, no cheating, no looking back.

I've had boring summers before. And I will again. But at the end of THIS summer, I will at least know I can do SOMETHING to really help myself. Perhaps I can look back on the summer of 2009 as the summer that I made it happen!

If I lose one pound or twenty. Me and my shadow are getting out of this dry and dusty desert. I see the buzzards circling overhead!


  1. Thanks for the shout-out, Anne.

    I think a lot of people are unsuccessful with their weight loss efforts because they don't break it down into manageable goals. If you fixate on losing 80 or 100 lbs., it's easy to get discouraged. If you focus on a day, a week, a month, a summer... it becomes something that's much more doable.

    Good luck on stringing some good days together. My experience is that if you put enough of them together, it becomes second nature. Hope it's the same for you.

  2. And thank you, Jack Sh*t. You are right about the manageable goals. I don't expect perfection, JUST PROGRESS! What's a couple of MONTHS of true dedication when compared to the YEARS I spent gaining weight.

  3. Cheers to a boring summer Anne ;-)

    That has been my mantra too "Progress NOT Perfection" and the progress is feeling pretty damn good!

    We can MAKE this happen lady!

  4. you ARE making it happen! how great to shed some skin before tearing off into a new life and and new land.

    i love the story about how a slow, small drip of water, pounding steadily over time, can wear away stone. tap, tap, tap, ,,,a bit boring, but oh so effective.

  5. "Boring" is good! The "right" kind of boring, that is.

  6. Marking calendar now...some time around September, celebrate Anne's 2009 Boring Summer Success!

  7. You've got it!! Boring can be good. At the end of the boring summer, you'll be a happier, healthier YOU!! Way to go.

  8. I know you'll make it happen. I'd bet on it. :-)

    One of my favorite recent film quotes was written by Steven Conrad and spoken by Michael Caine in "The Weather Man":

    "...to get anything of value, you have to sacrifice ... Do you know that the harder thing to do and the right thing to do are usually the same thing? Nothing that has meaning is easy. 'Easy' doesn't enter into grown-up life."

    Make it happen, Anne. I'll be rooting for you.


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