Even though we still have officially six weeks of summer left, it’s starting to feel like autumn is just around the corner. I’m seeing back to school sales and getting fliers for said sales in my mail on almost a daily basis. One of my neighbors has tomato and pepper pants in the back yard of our apartment complex and they are looking almost ready for harvest. My parents have kept tomato plants as far back as I can remember and we always had fresh tomatoes every August. A friend of mine from out of state and her husband grow tomatoes and peppers to make fresh salsa. I should sweet talk them into sending me a jar one of these soon days. School for my nephews and niece starts in two weeks. Soon I’ll be spending my Saturday afternoons watching college football. I guess I always preferred the college game to the pros, if for no other reason, Nebraska isn’t big enough to support pro teams.
Mentally I still feel quite stable. And I think I’m starting to lose weight again. I usually eat two large protein rich meals per day and drink mostly only water and coffee. I don’t even buy bread anymore as I have cut most grains out of my diet. I don’t eat much for dairy besides Greek yogurt and occasionally cheddar cheese. But my diet mostly consists of baked and grilled lean meats and fresh vegetables. I saw an online article featuring a former pro football player who lost over 100 pounds in a year and all he was doing was eating grilled chicken, fresh vegetables, lots of water, and lifting weights three times a week. While I don’t count on such excellent results, it doesn’t hurt to aim big. I feel like I’ve made much progress since Independence Day, exactly one month ago today.
I socialize in person more now. Most days I leave my apartment at least once daily, if to just check the mail or buy a Diet Coke from the ground floor vending machine. I usually drive my car three times a week just to keep it loose and ready to go. Still haven’t made any road trips this summer besides going to my parents’ house a couple times.
I am still mentally stable. I am usually in bed by midnight and awake by nine a.m. most days. I avoid drama and pointless arguments as much as possible now. Overall I feel well. I haven’t felt this well for such a prolonged time period in a few years. And I love it.
I’m glad that summer is almost over. I always enjoyed autumn more than summer. I look forward to the cooler weather, the turning leaves, the farmers’ markets, fall football, playoff baseball, and the college kids returning to town. My town really comes to life during the falls and springs when the college is in session. I can hardly wait.