I haven’t posted for a while, mostly due to the fanfare preparations of my first art fair where I sold my first piece to somebody I have never met or known previously. I consider this my first “real” sale, but this is not to say I am ungrateful for the support and business of my friends and family and friends of family. I just feel I have reached an exciting mile stone in my journey to becoming a “real artist”.
However, I haven’t forgotten my series on thinking for yourself. I plan to revisit this subject before too long, but I would like to write on a somewhat related, but more personal subject: Self Improvement.
We all have room for improvement in many aspects of our life, especially me. It is part of being human, we aren’t perfect. I could probably conjure up a list several pages long on all the things I would like to improve in my life, but I will narrow it down to the issues most important to me and further refine it to things within my immediate control. I want to say from the get go that this post is not a “how to” or an “I have the best idea”, it is simply a way for me to organize my thoughts and priorities while making myself accountable. I have found the best way for me to make the desired changes is to be organized and accountable. This may not work for everybody, so I encourage you to certainly join me in the journey to self-improvement, but find the method best suited to your lifestyle and success. If I can help inspire some one along the way then this is an even sweeter endeavor, but my foremost goal is rather selfish, I must admit.
The most pressing areas in need of improvement for me are 1.) my weight. One year after the birth of my second child (virtually 2 straight years of pregnancy) my body has long since gotten the memo that I am no longer eating for two but my appetite has not. Sure, I’ve been exercising at the gym as much as possible with a now one-car household, and I’ve begun to tone up a little, but sadly the numbers on the scale are holding stubbornly between “you need to cut back on portions” and “lay off the bad carbs”. Don’t get me wrong, I have a very healthy ideal weight in mind and I’m not even pushing myself for my pre-marriage perfection of halters and daisy dukes (those just don’t fit into my age and role as a mom anymore) but I would love to drop 2 or 3 sizes and be toned and fit. I plan to write about my progress here once a week, recording the things I try and the things that work as well as the things that don’t. Feed back will be welcomed. With gritted teeth I will post a picture once a month.
My body is not the only thing I want to improve. 2.) my house keeping. Yes, I’m a busy, full-time mom and wife, and my husband’s profession usually has him keeping odd hours. He gets home late, starts his day in the middle sometimes instead of the beginning and is usually too tired or too busy to pick up after himself (some might say this is debatable, but if I’m home all day and not working, there is no reason why I shouldn’t be able to pick up the slack for him). I have to be completely honest, I spend way too much time on this computer. I’m not even talking about this blog or keeping up with people on Facebook, I’m talking about games and aimless meanderings around the Facebook realm, hitting the refresh button every 5 minutes to see if there is something new to see even when I know there is not. Yes, I know, it’s pathetic. My excuse has been that when the baby is napping and I get some “me time”, I don’t want to spend it cleaning or doing chores, but let’s get real, that is the only time I can really get something done. My plan in this department is to make out a schedule, to designate regular tasks to each day of the week and I am not allowed to even turn this computer on until they are done. I’ve had this approach before and it worked great, but I got lax. I will also update this department once a week along with my weight progress.
These are the two most important areas in my life that are driving me crazy. I’m a firm believer in setting realistic goals, so I will start with these. There are others, but I want to make these improvements a lifestyle, not just a fad. My readers could help me by periodically asking how I’m doing with these changes, especially if you suspect I’m not being as diligent as I could. I have a healthy conscience, sometimes it just needs an outside force to push it into gear.
Setting up for the Fountain Square Artworks Festival, July 24, 2010
In the spirit of making now the moment of choice, I am posting the most recent picture of myself and my first idea on how to combat my problem. I’m committed to eating tiny portions stretched throughout the day and I’m going to write down everything I ate for the day. I need that list to be heavy on wholesome ingredients and vegetables and light on processed items and fatty foods. I am going to resist eating just because I’m bored by not being bored. Instead of popping something in my mouth just because, I’ll take a big drink of water and walk my stairs five times. I don’t care if the temptation hits me every five minutes, I’ll drink water and walk the stairs every five minutes until my appetite gets the clue. My new house cleaning schedule should help keep me busy though. I’ll be writing that out tomorrow.
Ok, I guess this is a pretty good start. I’ll let you know how it goes.
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