Boy, I’ve been out of the loop, eh? Back on the horse, folks.
Exercise in some capacity for at least 15 minutes 15 days a month. I had a significant hematoma after the birth of my daughter. A giant, oozing, painful bruise from my navel to my mid-thigh. It took about 6 weeks to be able to sit up normally and without pain. I have been exercising 3-4 days a week, a combination of cardio and strength training, 15-23 minutes each time. I’ve got about 6 pounds to go to get to pre-pregnancy weight. The Essure procedure on Wednesday included some IV fluids…it takes me forever to eliminate IV fluid, so I’m up about 2 pounds (so, technically, 8 pounds to pre-pregnancy weight.) I see the swelling in my hands and feet, so I’m not raking myself over the coals. I’ve had to make some choices about my diet…and I’m focusing on portion control, although I am allowing myself lots of veggies (not potatoes — those are limited). Staying away from sweets except for the occasional treat. Focusing on health and quality. It’s slow progress and I hate that I still have baby-pudge around my mid-section (and some swelling still from the hematoma) but I’m feeling more in control of my body and my eating. Thankfully!
Write here every day for at least 5 minutes and for at least 2 minutes in my “Line a Day” 5 year journal. It’s been fun to come back. I desperately need to be writing every day. My Line-a-Day is satisfying. I, being the paranoid freakazoid I am, worry that after 5 years, I won’t ever be able to get my hands on another 5-year Line a day journal. Sigh. I need to calm the hell down.
Have something I write/create be shared in a public space (à la performance, someone else publishing it, etc) by end of year. This is the big news. I wrote a musical. A full-length musical. I’m not the music director, so she’ll take care of that, but I wrote lyrics and script. It was grueling and the main reason I disappeared from blogging. I am really proud and hopeful that it will indeed go up. It’s out of my hands now, and in the hands of the music director who suggested the show. She’s on vacation now. I get to practice patience.
Re-learn the piano, playing at least 5 times a week (emphasis on playing) Shelved for now.
Make two new gal pals and/or strengthen relationship with 2 women I already know so I can consider us good friends and not just acquaintances. Still struggling with this.
Figure out how to make turning 40 fabulous. Fabulous 40 will depend on these other factors. I’m feeling very old…the 40 thing plus the birth control thing is making me ancient inside. I guess I’ve always associated my fertility with youth. Huh. Funny what I’m learning about myself. Me n’ my bits.
Take one picture a day for the entire year. I stopped this as well, and need to pick it up again. I am amazed at how suddenly my boys stopped being baby-faced. I am amazed at how quickly baby is growing. It’s going too fast…must capture!!!