....but I'm going to update you on some of my goals from the past few months. Partly because I need to see how well I am actually doing and partly because I need a little reminder of what my goals even are. A slight kick in the pants, so to speak.
On becoming an exerciser: Improving
Yes, I've certainly improved on this front. Majorly, in fact. For a while there I was doing it every single night. It's been a bit edged out for the time being, as I don't really know how to balance rigorous vocal exercise and rigorous physical exercise in the same day. I have so little time to myself that the time I do have has to be spent doing the thing that seems most pressing at the time, and right now that's practicing (and blogging, apparently).
Plus, yesterday I gave myself a very bad asthma attack. I have Exercised Induced Asthma, which is worse when the weather is cold. It was about 3 degrees in the morning when I was walking the girls to the bus stop, and we were halfway there when I noticed Chloe was not wearing her backpack. I sent the girls on ahead and ran home as fast as I could to get it. Then I tried to run back up the hill, but by then I was already wheezing. I lost my inhaler a while ago, and since I usually have things under control (I know what intensity and type of exercises I can handle without treatment)(that, or I just plain don't exercise), I haven't bothered to find a doctor and get a new one. So, after I taught all my lessons at the University, I came home and dug out my nebulizer. I waited way too long, and well....let's just say exercise will be on the back burner for at least a few more days.
On balancing family and work: Very Good
Up until this week I kept only four lessons, all but one during my children's school hours. I kind of hate the one that isn't, but for now we are dealing, and I do manage to still get most of our crazy afternoon stuff taken care of before the lesson.
This week I started teaching at the University. I have known this was coming for a long time and have given much thought to how many students I was willing to take, and when I would teach the lessons. Joel, who is the lesson coordinator, said there were 40 people interested in voice lessons, and for the time being, I am the only teacher they have. I capped at seven students, and I'm sticking to my guns. All of my lessons are in the morning, most during Sophia's preschool and the only one that isn't, Joel can take her during that time.
I am guarding my afternoons with ferocity.
On being organized: Very slight improvement
I was oh-so-gung-ho on my darn lists for the first week. By the second week I was already fizzling. I give them my best shot every day, but often I only do laundry and dishes. But hey! I have always been caught up on laundry and dishes, anyway! And for the most part, my house is much tidier.
It just gets hard when you have a 3-year old like Sophia to contend with. If I'm going to do my lists, they must be done in the morning or they don't get done. So, it just depends on how the morning goes. I'm okay with it. I think after the February concert is over (and the January blahs, for that matter), I will do better.
On cutting back the blogging: Okay
I have cut back. I admit though, that when I have something I want to write, I tend to just write it. And on days I blog, I don't get as much done. But at least I'm doing it at night now and not the morning. It does make a huge difference.
I have cut back on commenting. I have also cut back a bit on reading. My reader has 292 unread items in it right now, most of them home decor and craft blogs that I don't comment on anyway, but the number does alarm me when I see it. Again, I only comment at night now, unless I truly have nothing to do or I am not feeling well. And I am not commenting on every blog I read anymore, either. It's freeing, but I still feel a little bad about that.
Working on getting rid of the obligation side of it.
On not eating sugar: Excellent
This is the one goal I have 100% succeeded at so far. I haven't had even a lick of sugary goodness since New Year's Eve. I have eaten a few things here and there that I probably shouldn't, but those will be gone by March and I have definitely cut back so much they barely even count now. And they weren't technically goodies anyway. Whole-wheat banana bread, anyone?
I wish I could say I'd already gotten to the point where I don't want sugar at all anymore, but I'm not quite there. I still think about eating something sweet far too often. But I haven't given in. And the cravings are lessening. This just proves how horrible I was during the holidays.
The fact that I've made it through 27 days and I'm still alive tells me I absolutely can make it another 340-something.
And I will.
I know I will. (Kicking myself in the pants.)