August is over tomorrow. Summers always have a certain feel of freedom to them, but, in our part of the world, summer unofficially ends on the first Monday of September. Soon after, children return to school (colleges are already back in session). The pools close, as do our local carousels. The daylight portion of the days are rapidly shrinking, as we march towards the equinox.
It's a return to reality, such as the reality of my weight.
You know these posts about what you should't eat after 50?
Well, they are true. As your weight travels north, your metabolism travels south. So does your health, if you are not careful. I am pre-diabetic again. My right knee hurts. I'm getting other bodily signals of "you've gained too much. Time to take action".
Which is why, on September 12, I am going back on Weight Watchers after several years of non-membership. (I quit a couple of years ago).
Things have changed while I was gone.
One thing is going to be really hard for me is how yummy dessert items now have a lot more points (you don't count calories, but track "points" - back in 2012 it was Points Plus, now something called Freestyle) than healthy stuff, because, after all, Weight Watchers wants you to eat healthy.
But I love my chocolate. And I am the queen of emotional eating.
This new program is worse than starting Weight Watchers for the first time, because I now have to unlearn some things, and relearn them in a new way.
I'll consider it "keeping my mid 60's old brain young". I was resisting this, but resistance, as they say, is futile.
The good news is, I have the same leader as I had when I started my journey in 2012. When I had my first meeting, she was actually leading her first meeting. We learned together.
Some things haven't changed, though - the support of meetings. And that's really why I am joining again. I can't do it alone, I've found. I could for a while, but age and that declining metabolism have caught up with me again.
It takes a village for some of us to lose weight. I'm returning to my village.
I promise I won't turn this into a weight loss blog, but I am going to mention it from time to time.
And if you want to cheer me on, that would just be a bonus.
Wish me strength, as summer ends, and we move quickly towards fall.