Friday, January 18, 2008

Self Improvement Pledge

So I know this might seem a little trite given the timing, and that everyone sets goals around this time of year and then they have forgotten about them by February, but I wanted to really think about all the things I have been trying to accomplish or improve and write them down. This will help me to remain dedicated as well as make them seem more real and attainable.

1. Lose 8-10 lbs.

This one is the most trite of all, but I defend it by pointing out that I have been working out 5 days a week (and sometimes more) for three weeks now, and have lost 4 lbs already. So I am actually doing (or trying to do) this one

2. Pay attention to what I put in my Body

My Husband and I are planning to start trying to get pregnant around August/September and in anticipation of this Giant step, I have decided to become more aware of my health, body and well being. So, I walk 3 miles a day and have stopped taking the pill, and I am reading the labels on everything I eat. i stopped eating Lean Cuisines for lunch ever day and have replaced them with organic frozen meals and I no longer microwave anything in plastic. I stopped drinking diet coke and have replaced it with still and sparkling water- we have a dispenser at work and I use my re-fillable water bottle.

3. Chill out

I have always been a bit of a stressball. I don't think I am ever truly relaxed. Even when i get a massage I have a million thoughts running through my head and end up tensing up even more because I am stressing about the fact that I am not supposed to be stressing. So I started doing Bikrim Yoga twice a week and while it isn't actually relaxing- it does clear my head completely for 90 mins. The work is so intense and challenging that I literally don't think about anything for the entire time. It is not fun, but it is really great and you sweat out all the bad stuff and feel pretty great later. So over the course of the year I hope to take baby steps in learning to relax and how to stay calm and not let things get to me. We'll see how we go on this one

4. Buy a HOUSE!!!!

We have been looking for 8 months now and can't find a thing. We want to move outside the city, but not too far, and we have been looking in Oak Park, Wilmette and Winnetka but there is NOTHING on the market that I like- well, nothing in my price range anyway. However, I am hoping things will pick up soon and then I will be able to find something suitable.

5. Take Sewing Lessons

Lessons came with the sewing machine that my husband gave me for Christmas and I can't wait to go! I went to a sewing 101 workshop class at the Needle Shop and it was really great. I made a throw pillow with a hidden zipper and it turned out really nice.

6. Travel

My Husband and I have one major trip left in us before we settle down to start parenthood. Ok two. We are going on a cruise in May for our 1 year anniversary, but the real trip will be somewhere in Europe or Asia. BG is petitioning for an Alaskan adventure but I really don't think I am interested. I need a little more excitement than that. I was thinking Nepal or Tibet, or Hungary, or Croatia or something different.

7. Be Nicer

I tend to get cranky and bent out of shape, and sometimes I am a little too honest, so this year I am going to concentrate of just being NICE. I am by no stretch a mean person, but sometimes my honesty can be a little harsh and I tend to get annoyed with government employees, customer service representatives, bus drivers and stupid people, so I am going to make a concerted effort to be nicer and have more patience when dealing with people who infuriate me.

8. Get Organized

I feel like this can't really happen until I get the house, but when moving in I want to take steps to carefully think about how we live and what we do and use that information to decide how to set up the house, and to create systems that will promote organized and tidy living because right now I am swimming in unfolded clothes and wedding presents still in their boxes because there is no room for anything.

9. Give

For Christmas this year, the number 1 thing I had on my list was a charitable donation to be made in my name. My mom gave money to a school she volunteers with that teaches the children of migrant workers. It felt really good to see a picture of these kids and know that I was helping. I would like to do more things to help others. This year we made lunch for families at the Ronald McDonald House in Lincoln Park and I had the best time. Seeing those families and imagining what they must be going through while their children are sick in the hospital, it makes you really want to help them. I plan to do that again, and also to identify more ways to give even if I may not have a lot of extra income.

10. Read More

There a million books that I want to read, and a million topics i would like to learn more about, so I figured that I should get started! Tout de Suite! (that was for H&H's Franco "file" Fridays)


magnoliabelle said...

Good luck! It sounds like you are off to a wonderful start!

suburban prep said...

I went on an Alaska cruise with my father 3 yrs ago and it was a fabulous time. I would go back and do it again. We left out of San Francisco and it was 12 days in September that was just so beautiful and the places we stopped at were great.
I know you mentioned Wilmette. Winnetka and Oak Park as possibilities but you might want to try Evanston or Northbrook or Glenview or Arlington Heights even Lake Bluff and Highland Park. I don't know too much about the Western suburbs.
I think that is great that you are doing so much regarding preparing yourself for the new family that you want to start. Good luck.

Kate said...

My sisters went to Croatia and Hungary for a wedding in August and had such a great time. They said it was absolutely gorgeous!

Tres Poshe Preppy said...

Great list. Sounds quite like mine last year. A few are still on the list! ;) Enjoy planning the pre-babymoon!

Pink Preppy Party Girl said...

Great resolutions. Great place to start.