The weather is gorgeous here in New England in the spring (except, of course, when it's not).
For most of the past couple of weeks the sun has been shining, the temperature holding at a pleasant 50-55 degrees. Flowers and trees are blooming, and we've been spending more and more time outside.
As the days get warmer, I fantasize about long, lazy summer days at the beach, board games at night, long strolls along the water at sunset. It's amazing out there. This is the first year I'm able to be truly excited about being out there sober. The first summer was difficult - it takes some getting used to, winding down after a long day at the beach, barbequing and watching the sunset while sipping club soda and lemon. The first summer I thought about drinking a lot. Last year, less and less. This year I'm actually looking forward to being there sober - a day that I wasn't sure would ever come.
Just part of being a 30-something Mom, I'd think. Now I'm a 40-something Mom, though, my baby is 4 1/2, and nothing has changed. I still have those cover-ups, the stretchy capri pants, the oversized tee-shirts.
But I'm done.
I'm done covering up. I spent the past two and a half years working on sobriety, cultivating a gentle self-honesty, trying to live an authentic life. Getting sober is a big deal, and I wasn't ready to tackle anything else.
Now I'm ready. I want to lose weight.
I'm not a really heavy person. I have always been - shall we say - statuesque. I'm 5' 10", large boned and strong. Getting sober I learned to be comfortable in my own skin, and these days I'm more grounded and self-confident than I've ever been before. I'm confident enough to begin a journey like weight loss for the right reasons. I want to be healthier. I want to have more energy. And, let's face it, I want to look better, too. I want to go to the beach and think about splashing around in the waves with my kids, not how I'm going to get out of my capri pants and shirt and into the water before anyone gets a good look at me.
I have been exercising more and eating better. I feel better about myself, just from the exercise. But I'm almost 41 years old, and I need to up my game.
Today, I'm upping it. I joined a popular weight loss program (more later on which one, and why).
What changed? Everything and nothing. I have been waiting to care enough to try. I'm not unhappy with myself the way I am. Until that internal switch flipped in my brain - until I was ready - I knew it was fruitless to try. I don't need one more thing I have to be doing. I was waiting until I wanted to do it.
That day is today.
Wish me luck, although I won't need it.