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Day 377: The State of the Kasey

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Well, it's been a pretty good two weeks, setting off on the 2012 journey. Thinks me.

A refresher: I set myself ten resolutions to achieve this year, as follows.

1) minimum of 10 minutes of exercise daily

I'm happy to report that not only have I hit this minimum every day this year (hah) but most days I've gone well over that minimum. That 'baby step,' though, is helping to keep me motivated and nudge me onward, so for at least the time being, I'm not going to revamp it upward. Ten minutes it is!

2) minimum of 30 minutes of creative writing daily

So far, so good. I can't say I actually produce prose for the whole half-hour, but whether it's outlines, character sketches, ideas, what-have-you, SOMEthing has been written for at least 30 minutes each day.

3) sort computer files and bookmarks (and KEEP them organized!)

I've made a start. The bookmarks are broadly sorted into fewer categories (I mean, there are hundreds, if not thousands - I guess I'm bookmark-happy), and I have begun drawing up categories for files in MyDocs. Two weeks in, a small dent is better than no dent at all.

4) submit application for British citizenship

Well, no, haven't done anything toward this, but - I'm THINKing about what I need to do.

5) be able to stop taking prescription medication: in this case, that means concentrate on improving - and stabilizing - my blood pressure

Hrmph. The GP's office sent me a letter this week to tell me I'm entitled to one (count 'em, ONE) glucose test-strip per week. Not per day, per WEEK. Yeh. Great support there, peeps. 'nuff said.

6) sign up for a class, whether noncredit or credit

Still kicking it around. Cost is definitely an issue, so I need to seek out some freebies. They're out there, in this case, time is an issue. (Anybody want to retrieve the pun lurking there?)

7) take a 'real' cruise!

Hmmm... This may end up being the year's total miss. Cost is more than an issue, it's THE foundation on which this entire resolution turns. And waiting much longer to book may well mean I wouldn't get the one I wanted, or the dates I want, or whatever. Plus my friend is having concerns about her parents (none of us are getting any younger) and she's the child who lives nearest them, so she's wondering if she'll be able to justify even a few weeks so far away. Que sera, sera, to my mind. And of course that business about the Italian cruise liner hasn't done much to encourage me to work at this, either.

8) aim for a BMI in the 'ideal' range

Definitely in the works, especially with the increased exercise. No more weight has been lost (yet - wonder if I'm where my body means for me to be, even if the tables say I'm technically overweight), but I think even after two weeks, I may be toning up a bit. Yesterday I slid my jeans off without unfastening them. Now, usually that's a sign I'm ready for the next size down, especially when I can pull them back up without unfastening them (which I could - barely, but I could, and without giving myself a wedgie, lol), but these are size 12s (!) and I haven't worn smaller than a 12 (!!) in almost thirty years. Still, I'd say I'm headed in the right direction for normal BMI.

9) rework my diet / nutrition

That's done 'n' dusted, as the Brits are wont to say. I wouldn't have done it when I did, but SP sort of arbitrarily changed my nutrition tracker (because I had the temerity to try tracking fitness - which I stopped doing, at least on Spark), so since I had to work on it to get it back to where it should be for me, I went ahead and redid proportions and so forth. Everything seems to be set now, for at least the foreseeable future. Fingers crossed.

10) finish 'my' recipe book

A couple people have asked about this. It's not a book intended for publication, though from time to time I do kick around the idea of having a book of British / American translated recipes. This particular recipe book is one I promised my children in, ah, fall 2003. Wonder if I can get it done in time for its ten-year anniversary. THEY probably wonder if I can get it done in time for its ten-year anniversary. A-heh. Regardless, I've made a little (VERY little) headway, beginning to sort through some of the paper recipes to begin typing them in.

And that's the state of the Kasey this Sunday morning. Have a good 'un, Sparklers - carpe diem!

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  • no profile photo CD3604344
    thank you for this motivational blog... emoticon
    3242 days ago
    Kasey... you're awesome! Thanks for the wonderful blogs.
    3242 days ago
    What great progress over two short weeks. I especially like the creative writing, as well as the 10 minutes that turn into more. My husband once challenged me to play two minutes of piano, and I was on there for an hour LOL! Once you get going, it really is easier to just keep on going, isn't it?
    3242 days ago
    Great resolutions! Glad to see creative writing on there. It is great exercise for the brain and you are so darn good at it.
    3243 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5080021
    A few of us started a challenge, and we started with the, get in at leat 10 minutes. It's amazing once you get started how it can turn into 20 or 30 easily.

    Sounds like you are going to have a busy year. You will need that cruise.
    3244 days ago
    If you need a cruise partner, I'm your woman! I love cruises! Great progress on your resolutions!
    3244 days ago

    I, too, have a recipe book started for my daughters... started on it 7-8 years ago... I should probably but this on a goal list, but... it's not a top priority yet... who knows...

    3244 days ago
    Congrats on your progress so far!
    3244 days ago
    All sound good to me
    3244 days ago
    Forget the cruise! --A ship just tipped -----But--hey--you are hitting it right on---Good for you!--Great inspiring blog!--Lynda--minus 23 C here right now!--Brrr! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3244 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/15/2012 8:39:53 AM
    emoticon The State of The Kasey seems pretty Good to me!! You are at least Thinking and Imagining the Goals that you aren't actually Moving toward.
    emoticon I think the reason the Cruise Liner is making the News so much is because it is Unusual. Just think how many Cruises have gone 'Uneventfully'. If this was a Normal or even Frequent Occurrence it would not be newsworthy. If your Cruise works out, I wouldn't hesitate to jump on to that Ship!!
    3244 days ago
    You're further on track than you're giving yourself credit for! Kicking ideas around, eh? Great mental exercise! You've inspired me to create (I'm writing it on my goal list) a recipe book for the kids. Lovely idea!

    Keep Sparkling!
    3244 days ago
    Definitely progress. I hope to post a message to you about this new thing on Spark about showing your blogs on Facebook---everyone is up in arms---the post will have directions so that can't happen unless you want it to.---but right now Have to run to son's to watch gd
    3244 days ago
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