Braxton Citizens' News, Opinion

Time to get back with it…

We had a great get-a-way weekend, which I’ll tell you more about in just a minute. Getting ready for work today I stepped on the scales for the first time since before Thanksgiving and it wasn’t good news.

I have been successful in losing weight gradually by just being conservative in what I eat and greatly reducing the ice cream and sweets. In all, I have lost almost 50 pounds since the first of the year.

With Thanksgiving, the wedding, and this mini vacation we had planned, I knew sticking to my normal eating habits was going to be impossible… so I figured I’d just wait till the smoke cleared. It did this morning to reveal that I had gained almost 10 pounds. So, its back to the regiment. I feel better with less weight on these old bones. I have figured out that, at my age, if I’m going to be mobile, I have to be lighter. So, its back to rabbit food and NO ice cream.

Our lake family planned a weekend in the mountains of Canaan last weekend. We did it last year, and it was a lot of fun and very relaxing. Becky Martin served as travel agent for the trip and booked us into a large, really nice, seven-bedroom house on the Timberline ski slopes.

This trip had no real agenda except to socialize with our extended family. In fact, I never left the cabin the entire weekend. Most of the crew went on an adventure Saturday, shopping and visiting a craft beer manufacturer. Not being much of beer drinker, I opted to stay at the house, which was quiet for the first time since we arrived and watch football. I think Jerry, Jamie, Ashley and I had a better time than the remainder of our group of fourteen. Watching tv and playing cards provided just the right amount of fun all weekend.

It was cold when we arrived Thursday evening, and the ski resort was making snow on the slope that was just outside the cabin door. We watched daredevils of all ages slip an slide until well after dark.

Friday and Saturday brought warmer temperatures and some rain but that didn’t seem to dampen the spirits of the die-hard skiers.

Doug Martin served as “grill-master” Saturday evening and cooked up a delicious batch of steaks which topped off the three days of nearly non-stop eating, which takes me back to the lead of this article. I’m sure I gained 3 of my excess pounds while visiting Tucker County. It was certainly worth it then… now… not so much!