Farewell to Summer

For those of us on the north side of the Equator, today (or tomorrow, depending on where you are on the planet) is the last day of summer. I tried to think of something eloquent to say, but all that comes to mind is, “Goodbye, Summer! Don’t let the door hit you in the butt on your way out.”

Hardly the stuff Hallmark takes notice of.

The problem is that the outside temp here as I write this is 98°. Yesterday was 100°. It’s supposed to be like this for the rest of the week, until a cold front (hah!) comes in and lowers the temps to the 80s. Oooh, where’s my sweater?

For Memphians, 2010 will be remembered as one hot summer, the second hottest summer since they began keeping records in 1850. (The worst summer was 1980, which I remember because my father had surgery and I was in charge of taking care of the vegetable garden.)

Despite the unyielding heat, there were a few good things that happened this summer:
-I maintained my weight despite celebrating my birthday in caloriffic style, enduring a carb-laden family reunion, and enjoying a cupcake and several trips for fro-yo* along the way.
-I absolutely rocked my exercise this summer, if I do say so myself. I didn’t set any records or move any mountains, but I was consistent and diligent, and that’s really all I ask of myself.
I met the dashing Rob Dyess of WeighDownSouth, with whom I hope to have more meet-ups in the future. (Grenada, Rob?)
-I also e-met bunches of new folks after the Woman’s Day and That’s Fit media blitzette. Words can’t even describe how honored I feel that they would share their stories with me.

There were other high notes, I’m sure, but this heat has my brain scrambled. I think I’ll turn it over to you guys. What were the high points of your summer? What successes will you be celebrating in December, when we say goodbye to fall?

*Speaking of fro-yo, kudos to reader Katharine, who spotted a major typo in the fro-yo listing yesterday. Yoplait Yogurt doesn NOT have 41 grams of protein. It has 4! Apologies if anyone is now housing a fridge shelf full of the stuff. :)

19 thoughts on “Farewell to Summer

  1. Those are some great accomplishments from the summer Cammy!!! When December is done I will be celebrating the fact that I didn’t gain any weight over the holidays like I do every year!!!!

  2. I got back on my bike after my injury healed – that was a highlight. Come the end of the year, my loser days will be over and I will be maintaining.

  3. My goat for December 31 was to be down to 199 pounds, but seeing as .. as of today I’m only 10 pounds from there, I’m pretty sure I’m gonna make it! Maybe I’ll set some new goals… like able to exercycle for 30 minutes without taking breaks. Or Get some money in savings after paying bills and getting a fence put up. I’ll think on it.

    It was 92 here today so I understand where you’re coming from. Vee at http://veegettinghealthy.blogspot.com

  4. Oh, NO! It’s doesn’t have 41 grams of protein?

    Adios, summer, indeed. Take your heat and humidity and get outta here.

  5. I had a good summer, mostly because I got back on my horse and back on track for exercise and diet and lost 26 pounds. I hope that by the end of December I’ll have trimmed some more and will be at my WW goal Also I started my blog and have met many great friends–including YOU.

  6. It’s around this time I stop being jealous of everyone back home in Toronto and start getting excited for Auckland summers! Sun setting an hour later as of this weekend? Yes!

    Looking back, there a a few things I’m really proud of myself for accomplishing this winter. Deciding to improve my health and actually following through, mainly! Along with that comes:
    – starting – and maintaining – my blog
    – massively cutting down sugar, dairy, red meat and alcohol
    – joining a gym
    – going to said gym regularly
    – making a conscious decision to walk to/from work (almost) every day.

    Hopefully by the time December rolls around, I’ll be celebrating feeling comfortable in a bathing suit and possibly having enough strength/endurance/balance to start surfing. And Jan 5 will mark 6 months since I started this – what a great start to the new year!

  7. I am looking forward to fall, as well. I will celebrate many of the same things you did from summer. I exercised well and continued to lose despite all the summer happenings.
    In December I will celebrate 50 pounds lost! Woo hoo!

  8. You really have had quite a summer Cammy! Great stuff & you are famous too! :-)

    We have had a cooler than normal summer in CA.. interesting how that went for you & us…

    I am sure I will find some challenge in the gym to get past come December! I hope I manage to find a way too make some money too!

  9. I’m always excited to see summer end because it means we’re that much closer to snowmobile season. WoooHooo! If you want to cool down you should take a trip to Boston, it was in the 40s the other night although the temps are supposed to get up into the 80s today.

    Congrats on all your summer high notes. Stay cool.

  10. Quite a summer for you! (Still waiting for you to autograph the WD article for me…)

    Summer is my fave time of the year, but in AZ I don’t think summer ends officially until the first freeze. 😉

  11. We had a cooler than normal summer but it is supposed to get hot this weekend – weird here…

    The big accomplishment was not letting all the disappointments get me off track and then finally getting a job. So while the weight loss was slower than I had hoped, I am still in a better place than I would have been if I had been operating in my usual manner!

    Having my blog for working through my thoughts and feelings and having the support and inspiration of my bloggy friends has made it a good summer.

  12. “I didn’t set any records or move any mountains, but I was consistent and diligent…”

    — Consistency and diligence: those are mountains for me

    Summer went too quickly for me. It was very busy, but my high point is when we found a house for my parents in our neighborhood. I miss them and am their only kid. They can be near their grandkids, and we can help care for them.

    December? Oh, gosh. I’ll be almost 42.

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