Project: Me

Posted on | February 21, 2011 | 1 Comment

It’s hard to post any sort of update to Project: Me this week.  Not because I didn’t make some important strides last week but because I am just feeling so blah today that I don’t know that I have the energy to be positive.  Let’s give it a whirl, though, shall we?

Last week I made some important changes to my routine.  First and most importantly, J and I have been pounding the pavement.  Every night I get home from work, J in tow, and we have dinner together.  Then, I fasten J into his stroller, clip the leash on the dog, and the three of us head out to walk the apartment complex.  It only takes about 20 minutes to do a figure eight of the facility and it feels. so. good. to be out and about.  By the time we get home, it’s time for bath and bed so it keeps me from having to do a lot of “entertaining” after a long day at work. (Added bonus? You bet.)

Second, I’ve been focusing a lot more on my writing.  After J goes to bed, instead of flipping on the television and going comatose in front of re-runs, I’ve been plopping down at the kitchen table and pounding out words on the laptop. And it feels really good.  I even submitted some manuscripts last week to a few agents and publishers.  Rationally I know that I will not hear back from them but just taking that aggressive step towards realizing a lifelong dream made for a pretty good week.

Third, I have become obsessive compulsive about my lunch break. Why did I not pay attention to it before?! Even if I just take thirty minutes to sit outside on a bench, that is time in the middle of my day where I have no other responsibilities.  Husband and I are trying to have lunch together at least once a week so that’s a fun bonus, too!

Finally, I’ve been cooking.  I know, that sounds weird.  But if I want to get myself in shape, I have to start in the kitchen as well as the gym.  Husband and I planned out some meals and I hit up the grocery store for a ton of fresh veggies and fruits.  We’re packing HEALTHY snacks these days… no more chips and cookies.  All three of us are big fans of the Quaker rice cakes, so that provides the much missed “crunch” that used to be filled by chips.  I know it’s going to take some time to get back in the shape I want to be in, but as Bob would say… “Baby Steps…”

How is Project: You coming along? Have you found ways to cut some corners in the time market?  This week, I want to work on time with J.  I want to make my time with him COUNT. You know? I don’t want to just watch a movie with him… I want to do things with him that mean something.  So this week’s goals are to continue to work in time for exercise, even if it’s just around the block, make my time with J more meaningful, and for good measure… a goal of drinking 60 oz of water a day. Phew.  I actually feel a little better now (not good enough to explain why I spent twenty minutes this morning sitting in a parking lot at a gas station waiting for my husband to bring me a jar of piss, but better….)


One Response to “Project: Me”

  1. Mama Fisch
    February 21st, 2011 @ 8:04 pm

    You have had an awful week so I am so proud of you that you did all these things! I am begging for spring to show up so that I can hit the pavement. The time after dinner before the bath is the worst in my opinion and walk would be just the right thing! I need to listen to you and take some time at lunch for me! Yea for you!

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