I’m nearly two weeks late on this post, but things happen in life that tend to distract me. It’s really astounding to me that I was born right on the cusp of the boom in ADHD diagnoses, yet I was never diagnosed with it myself. Do you know in third grade my teacher complained to my parents that I “spaced out” a lot? By “spacing out,” she really meant I was daydreaming about all sorts of fun things that little girls daydream about. I’m still very much a dreamer, and… oh look, is that a butterfly? All joking aside, I do fit the diagnostic criteria of ADHD. Granted, I’m not as hyperactive as I was in childhood. I do wish I still had that sort of energy, but I’ll just be thankful I haven’t progressed into old age yet. I guess I’m trying to make an excuse for my lack of posting. I could go on about more excuses, but that’s not the point of this post.
Healthy eating habits: Include more fruits and vegetables into my daily diet, reduce sugar and white carbs, and tailor my caloric intake to my specific dietary needs based on BMR, breastfeeding, and level of activity.
Exercise: Aside from using the public transit as both a means of activity (I spend about 1 hour, 15 minutes walking in total to and from bus stops), create an exercise plan consisting of several types of crunches, push-ups, squats, lunges, and other exercises that do not require bulky equipment or a gym membership.
Lose 29lbs and 33inches: I may or may not decide to follow Giyen Kim’s format with a weekly picture with weight and measurements, but the baby fat must go.
Get back on the FlyLady bandwagon: I’ve gotten so disorganized these days that I don’t even know where to start most of the time. It’s time to bring myself back under control and form some routines. I’m tired of having to stash the mail and paper pile on my kitchen counter every time we have company, only to lose important paperwork later on because I didn’t deal with the darn things when the got there. I also need to snap back into that “quite whining and playing the martyr role and just do it!” mentality.
Potty Train Tati: Well, she’s coming up on her third birthday, so I guess it’s time to buckle down and get it done. We kind of eased up as my belly got bigger because we knew there’d be regressions anyway, but it’s not pleasant having to wipe two behinds.
Write Daily: If I wish to be a writer, I should actually BE a writer. I took the Gwen Bell Blog Challenge in December, and it clearly inspired me to reflect through my writing. I find comfort in seeing my thoughts turned into concrete black-and-white text (or ink and paper). I’m not going to figure out the next Great American Novel if I don’t toy with my writing, and I’m surely not going to get anywhere if all my stories are left unfinished.
Make Friends/ Strengthen Current Friendships: My new is Meredith, and I am a lousy friend and an agoraphobe. I always told myself that I wouldn’t be like some other people in my life when I moved away from old friends. No, I would be keep in touch and remain a true friend. Fast forward to the present, and here I am disconnected from many good friends. While I’m no where near as bad as Paula Deen once was, I do feel that everyday I make it out of my home is a tiny victory. I’m way too much of a home-body, and I guess I’m too scared of giving out my trust too easily. I’ve been burnt many times before, and I supposed that’s made me far too timid in terms of meeting new friends. I’m also enochlophobic, but I’ve been working on it. I mean, I ride the bus home from work at the end of the day without feeling panicky anymore. In any case, I need a social network — and not just the kind you make on the internet.
Religion/ Spirituality: You know, I’m Catholic. Have I actually read the whole bible before? …no. Do I go to church every Sunday? …no. Do I feel bad about these facts? …yes. Granted, I feel more spiritual than most devout church-goers, but I at least want to take the time to try following my religion a little more closely. Of course, I’ll be observing this coming Lent, as I always do.
Ah, I feel so much better putting that out there into cyberspace. Now that I’ve got an audience, I might feel a lot more accountable to my resolutions as well. Here’s hoping I accomplish my goals by December 31st, 2010 at 11:59pm!