Monday, August 07, 2006

Life in a Northern Town

It has happened almost every year for nearly a decade.

It starts in March. Those first tentative steps towards removing a layer here, wearing something slightly more revealing there. Uh uuh. Not so fast. There is work yet to be done. If I start now I'll be more than ready. But, oh, there's more time. Plenty of time.

April is fast on March's boot-clad heels and there is more pressure, so much pressure from the catalogues to the television shows. Hurry, hurry, hurry. Why haven't you started yet? Get moving. Soon, I say, soon. There's more time. Not as much as if it were still March, but there is time. There's still lots more time.

Before I realize it May has shown up and with it the first few days without camouflage. Why didn't I start sooner? I curse myself in the dressing room. Poke. Jiggle. Pinch. I'll leave here and get started right away. But life gets in the way. There are things to be done. And I'm tired. I'm too busy and too tired. Tomorrow. Yes, tomorrow. I'll start tomorrow. There's still a bit more time.

Then it's June and there's no excuse. No more excuses. Hurry. Now. I give it a shot but it's not so easy and every year it gets more difficult. I get frustrated. Maybe no one will notice. I notice. I camouflage. There's very little time until...

July. July?? When did it get to be July? Now it's too hot and I'm too busy and there are cook-outs to attend. Barbecues with potato salad and brownies. Besides, a tan makes everything look better. I tan while no one else is around.

It's now August. What's the point? There's only a couple more weeks left. There's always next year. Yes, next year I'll start earlier. Start now? No. Pass me another brownie. Another plate of pasta salad. There's lots of time. Plenty of time...

36 comments:

mm said...

If I knew customs wouldn't stop it... I'd send you a brownie just for that lovely post! Then again... my kitchen is in boxes... so you'll have to wait for September! =)
k

mamatulip said...

Oh, how I can relate to this post...

This is such a great phrase: April is fast on March's boot-clad heels...

Christina said...

Sigh...right there with you, lady. I've been wanting to join a gym for months now, and things have always gotten in the way to prevent it from happening. I may be able to find time next month, but that's September, and I wonder what the point is by then?

Now would you mind passing the brownies?

Mama of 2 said...

How very true this post is. It hits the nail on the head if you ask me.

BRING ON SEPTEMBER and those bulky sweaters right?

Mommy off the Record said...

Oh, I hear ya! I actually just joined the gym again for the first time in 2 years. I haven't gone yet because it's still under construction and they haven't officially opened--the perfect excuse for why I'm not exersizing. We'll see if I go when they finally open...by then it will be Fall and I might just say, well, forget it, who needs to exersize when it's sweater season??

Mrs. Davis said...

So well said!! I was going to run (ha, run!) this spring/summer. Never got that little project off the ground. Next summer will be my 20th high school reunion....maybe I'll try to use that as inspiration to start, um now.

Mamacita Tina said...

I think most of us are on the same exact boat! And it's rapidly sinking because none of us are getting up off our duffs.

Elizabeth said...

Yeah, thanks for planting that Dream Academy song in my head. Aaarrggghh!

I was as unmotivated as anybody to lose weight until I saw photos of myself at BlogHer, and saw them everywhere. There's my motivation right there, and there, and oh look!, there again. Sigh.

mothergoosemouse said...

I hear you. I really thought I'd spend more time outside this summer, but I haven't. Sigh.

Karen said...

summer comes & goes so quickly... and of course, I look the same 50 pounds overweight I did in May. only tanner...
and it's so freakin hot anyway, like we're going to excersize in this?

halloweenlover said...

I'm well acquainted with this phenomenon. Sigh.

liberalbanana said...

SO funny! I know exactly what you mean. I was in a dressing room on Saturday and I was cursing their unflattering lightening - it's really THE WORST. Nothing makes me feel crappier about myself than store dressing rooms.

By the way, on Saturday they're having a dog training thing at the shelter where I volunteer! I hope I can make it; I'm very interested to learn some things and prepared for my eventual future as a dog mommy!

Mom101 said...

Get out of my head!! Right this instant!

lynsalyns said...

Yeah. I had fried potatoes with sour cream for dinner.

God I love my winter clothes.

ps- I am joining WW online.

Velma said...

Every single year, I think maybe this will be the year I finally make a stab at some serious weight loss. And every single year, I find myself approaching my annual visit to my hometown thinking, "Gee, I thought I'd weigh less this time. Oh well, maybe next year I'll blow all the relatives/old friends out of the water with my newly svelte self."

We're leaving on Saturday, so I think it's a little too late to slim down for this year's visit...

Chase said...

The way I see it is if you worry about your weight (or anything, for that matter) constantly, it consumes you. You only have one life...don't spend it looking at the scale and then frowning at yourself. Look at the world around you and smile because you're alive to see it! :)

(I admit, that was a tad After School Special...sorry)

Bobita said...

Shamefully, I go thru a similar routine about shaving my legs! Except it is days, rather than months (she says, hoping no one will know the truth!).

Lisa said...

OMG. Have you been reading my mind? I do the same thing every year. I didn't even buy a bathing suit until a few weeks ago. I thought I could maybe make it through an entire summer without having to go to a pool!

lildb said...

this song reminds me of -- oh, my god, I just wrote that and I'm not even drunk. sigh.

what I was gonna say, before my idiocy so rudely interrupted, was that this *post* reminds me of one of my hands-down favorite songs. hands-down. Simon and Garfunkle. I can't recall the title right now, but it's on the album that has America on it, and it's right before Wake up Little Suzy, and it's all about the seasons. April, come she will... etc.

(I didn't want to cheat and bring g00gle into this. too easy, man.)

anyway. it reminds me of that song, and I like it. and it makes me sad. and I'm crying, and my nose is all red. thanks.

xoxo

Blog Antagonist said...

Winter. Sigh. I remember Winter. It's hell to live in a state where your thighs are on display year round. Yet another argument for moving back North. Thanks!

Thank God bermudas are in style this year.

carrie said...

I can sooooo relate!!! Question is, how many consecutive years am I going to do this little dance with myself?

Carrie

sunshine scribe said...

I hear August is Brownie month so you are good.

We can allllll relate to this dance - loved this post.

Ruth Dynamite said...

And though it's only August, all those catalogs from LL Bean, Lands End, and J Crew keep a'coming!

Her Bad Mother said...

Camouflage and brownies.

Amen.

Kristen said...

You and I must be kindred because you could have easily been describing me! LOL.

ECR said...

Tans do help. But I'm as white as a Siberian's behind, so I'd better get the jogging stroller out again. At least the heatwave has let up for now...

Domestic Chicky said...

Ditto to you and every comment here...If intentions were weight loss, we'd all be anorexic...now pass the pasta salad...

Jess Riley said...

Wow, I'm so glad I live in Wisconsin, where I am clad in thick sweaters and baggy pants year-round!!

I wish.

Seriously, add another for the "I can totally relate" column. :)

Marcie said...

I am so with you on this one. Why work out now? It's just going to get covered up with sweaters and coats in a few months.
Makes perfect sense to me:)

creative-Type Dad (Tony) said...

I really want a brownie now. (I'll be thinking of one all day...)

radioactive girl said...

If we all feel this way, why can't we just let it go and accept ourselves the way we are? It would be a much happier world if we could all just be who we are and eat the damn brownies!

Heather said...

Yeah self-acceptance is something I'm far from knowing. i really should be getting my butt in gear but at this point with 17 days until my wedding I figure I'm stuck with what I have. (and am lucky said body works relatively well and is healthy)

Pattie said...

Brownies and pasta salad? Pass the plate on over here...swimsuit? What swimsuit? I don't own one...What? The gym? What is the gym? *snicker*

Nancy said...

Oh yes, I hear you.

And now I'm totally ready for the sweaters and concealing garments of fall to hide the pudge. Why won't it get cool already???

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