I love the show "The Middle." I already loved Patricia Heaton in "Everybody Loves Raymond" and Neil Flynn in "Scrubs" so I gave it a chance when it came out and was hooked. Like most people who watch it, I relate to the show in so many ways. I was Sue growing up, awesome sense of fashion and all...and I feel like Frankie and I could be best friends. So many things that she says out loud I have thought. The week that "The Middle" opened with Axl and Mike dragging a very dead Christmas tree outside so they could saw it up and stuff it in trash bags...my husband had done that same exact thing 3 days earlier. I texted him "We're the Hecks!!"
Sue Heck, the middle child in the Heck family, is often overlooked. She is not the most graceful, but she's enthusiastic and spirited. She has a kind heart and is often misunderstood. She loves to be involved and tries out for teams and musicals and she never quite makes it...but that doesn't get her down or stop her from being enthusiastic and loving life. Her senior year of high school she declares "the year of Sue." She decides that she is going to do everything in her power to make it an awesome year and that things are going to go her way.
This year I'm going to channel the spirit of "the year of Sue"--what do I need in order to do this? I *think* I need to reflect on where I am and where I want to be. What can I do to better myself for me and for my family? How can I help set up my family for a year of health and happiness? I also need hope! Can't do it without crazy amounts of hope.
After working to organize my thoughts on this, I've decided that this year I'm going to be concentrating on weight loss across the board. Since becoming a mother I have really struggled with my weight. Before motherhood when I decided to loose weight I just did. I changed how I ate and I hit the pavement. I've tried many times and while I can easily change what I eat (at least for a little while), hitting the pavement just cannot happen with the intensity and frequency it used to. There are many mommas who can make hitting the pavement work...in this season of my life, I'm not one of them.
Over my lifetime I have accumulated a lot of stuff...that's really true for everyone in our house...we have a lot of stuff...and a lot of what we have does not get used very often. SO, the house and I need to loose a some weight.
My aunt has been working with a registered dietician and has had a lot of success. I have recently started working with her too and this time it is going to take and I'm going to lose the weight I've been trying to lose since the birth of my first child. I'm going to do it in a healthy, sustainable way. I also noticed that an exercise center is coming to town soon--rumor has it this March. It is the first of its kind (the kind that will have child supervision available during specific times) on our end of town making it FINALLY possible for me to get into a more structured workout routine. I love working out with my kids, but I never really get out of it what I hope to. Earlier this week I cleaned out some of my kitchen cabinets and took some items that we haven't used in almost 10 years of marriage to a non profit that will put it to good use.
It's a good start! A jumping off point. How about you? What does your "year of Sue" look like?
I can't forget that before I wore many of these hats, I was me. In order to succeed in my other roles I need to take care of myself too. This is a tough one because many of my other hats are more precious to me. I think many can relate to this.