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!