Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Not That You Asked Or Anything...

....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.)
Lara Neves
Lara Neves

Lara is mom to three daughters—two teens and a tween. She loves to share her parenting and homemaking triumphs and failures here at Overstuffed! She was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2015 and has been fighting it ever since. When she isn't working on her mother of the year award, you can find her reading, singing, or taking photos.


  1. Man, Lara, you're really doing well. I'm planning on doing a goal report, too, but it won't sound as positive as yours...

  2. Way to go, girl. I didn't make any goals or resolutions, really, but this year has gone well so far. My house has been cleaner than it's ever been, but I'm about 95% sure that's due to the nesting. But we've read scriptures and done workbooks every morning for 3 weeks, and that's pretty darn good.

    I think it's great that you've stuck to your guns with work and family. It is NOT easy, so major props to you!

  3. The one you are doing the best at, the sugar, would be the hardest out of all of them for me!

  4. Impressive!

    I realized a little while ago that it really isn't the writing that takes up the majority of the blogging time. It's the reading and the commenting.

    And it's hard to cut back on that because I know how much I love getting comments, and most of the time I really do have something to say!

  5. You are doing great! I was wondering where you've been. Sometimes cutbacks are good for the soul I'm just glad to see you are still around! :)

  6. Doing very welllllllllllllll!!! Hugs!!!

  7. Great goals & progress!

    Good idea to push the blogging to night time. That way my natural clock can just shut down and boot me off, instead of me thinking, "Just one more blog..."

    Having a cap is a good thing with work, too. That one is food for thought for me.

    About the sugar, I think it's true: the less sugar I eat, the less I crave. (mmm, so true, I type, even as I swallow the last bite of chocolate chip pazookie.)

    You can do it, I know you can!

  8. Every one of your goals are ones I need to work on. The balance one is tough for me right now, but I am trying and I am making every effort to spend time with my guys.

    You are doing great. baby steps, baby steps

    Hope the asthma is getting better.

  9. Good for you on the progress in achieving your goals! I still need to set some!

  10. You are kicking some trash! Good job, and can I say, I lasted all of three days with my sugar goal... and tonight I did some serious self sabotage, so I know how hard it is and am so impressed!

  11. Way to rock the resolutions! I'm so ridiculously proud of you for that sugar one because that would be HARD! Keep at it and I hereby resolve you of any obligation. =]

  12. You are doing great Lara! BTW thanks for your sweet comments on my blog the other day. You really lifted my spirits.

  13. I admire you greatly. Especially about the sugar. I stopped eating candy and chocolate alone but allow myself baked stuff every day and have ended up eating it all day long. I need to cut back first just to dessert and then to only once or twice a week. But I am seriously addicted. Ugh.

    Like I say, I admire you.

  14. I admire you so much! You're doing great, and inspiring me to take a look at the progress on my own goals (I don't think it will be pretty, but I should do it). Keep up the good work—we all know you can do it!

  15. All goals that I need to set for myself. I like to use pregnancy as my excuse. . . sad that I like to make up excuses huh?! You really make me want to get down and actually do what I need to do!

  16. Your life devoid of sugar inspires me.
    You know if you didn't have lessons you'd feel bad -- not giving to the family budget, mising the time being a "real" person.
    It makes life crazy, I know. But it's nice to have your "me" time pay. Isn't it? :)

  17. I don't know if I'm okay with you cutting back on commenting. I approve all of your other goals though.

  18. You can! You will! You're doing great. Now I am reminded to get myself off the computer before I get sucked in.

  19. So if you leave a comment on a blog, we should feel very very special! ;)

  20. Wow you are doing amazing. I guess I need to get busy, by now I usually have my goals instore for the new year and I have them in mind but not down on paper. Congrats. The sugar thing is amazing, it is just hard.

  21. Nice work, lady! I think you deserve a pat on the back rather than a kick in the pants. :)

  22. Two words ... ROCK ON!!!

    totally impressed!