This morning as I was tackling a project that required me to work outside, I noticed how incredibly hot it was. I wasn’t particularly doing much that was strenuous. It wasn’t difficult work – not like the planting and weeding I did last night that I thought there for a moment I wasn’t going to survive – but I was drenched with sweat within just a few moments. It is not to be unexpected; I do live in south Mississippi and it is July, after all. I have always said that the worst parts of summer are the last two weeks of July and the first two weeks of August. Those dates are right around the corner. The sweltering heat in July makes it difficult to want to do much of anything outside – including the walking that Sweet Husband and I have been doing as of late.
This afternoon, though, a monsoon, or what folks around these parts sometimes call a frog-strangler, came through and dropped the temperatures about 15 degrees. It’s supposed to rain some more this evening, which will keep it cooler tonight and into the morning. Usually in the South after it rains, the humidity feels about 10 times worse than it did before the storms. The streets steam, and you feel like you are cooking right along with them. But with the cooler temps and the rain that has thus far held off, SH and I were able to round up the doggies and make our way out for our evening walk.
For the last couple of weeks, we’ve been doing a little bit of walking in the evenings. We head out for half an hour or so and make a loop through various parts of the neighborhood. There have been some interesting observations, but the important thing is that we’re moving. I’d really like for us to move a little faster and go a little longer, but I’ll take what we have. It all starts somewhere, and a leisurely stroll through the neighborhood is just fine as a starting point for me. We’re already going further and walking for a longer amount of time than we did when we started.
To go along with our walking, we’re also eating at home. I think the last time we ate out was a week ago. We had a ton of left-overs from the 4th, and we are slowly working our way through them. There will be a couple more days of sandwiches as we finish up the pork loin, and there will probably be some grains and salad in there as well. Once we go through that, there will be more eating at home because right before the 4th, we stocked the freezer. We have a ton of options for eating healthfully at home.
It’s a slow, incremental process. SH and I were talking about that – the fact that it’s slow, that it doesn’t happen over-night. That is true, and that’s what we have to remind ourselves of as we continue our journey. It’s time, and together, we can do it. We’ve sorta attempted it in the past – separately or working in competition. Those attempts, obviously, have not worked for either of us. But together – together I think we can do anything.
There was a lot of stuff that falls into other categories of wellness that happened this week, but I’m still processing most of those, so perhaps next week. In the meantime – what’s the weather like where you are? Let me know in the comments!
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