Update on New Year’s Resolutions

Time to check in on  my 2012 New Year’s Resolutions:

  • Lose 30 lbs and keep it off.
    • This is not going well. Fluctuated down by five pounds and back up. Will work harder.
  • Exercise 4-5 days per week.
    • This has been implemented and carried out for all of February and into March. I do a Wii Just Dance 45 minute workout, Bellydance DVD workout, an hour of back exercises twice a week to strengthen my core, neck and arm exercises. Going great-energy is up, body feels stronger and more coordinated. 🙂 
  • Follow a low carb eating regimen.
    • Hit or miss. I have my good weeks and bad ones. Have to work on consistency here.
  • Edit my YA manuscript and submit to 30 agents.
    • I am doing massive revisions and should have them done in a week. No submissions until the manuscript is polished and the query is re-done.
  • Submit my adult manuscript to 50 agents.
    • I’ve been sending out a query a day, 4-5 days a week for most of February and March. Halfway to that fifty mark. 
  • Finish drafting my third manuscript.
    • This got shunted aside with a hopeful start date in April 2012.
  • Edit my third manuscript.
    • Can’t edit what isn’t drafted. This is a fall 2012 deadline.
  • Spend more time playing with my dog, Emerson.
    • We have been taking walks and playing my room with his toys. At least 10-20 minutes a day of feisty fighting going on.
  • Go to Hawaii or Germany.
    • Not yet. 
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16 Responses to Update on New Year’s Resolutions

  1. zelmare says:

    I’m too chicken to write mine down… 😉

  2. Pete Denton says:

    They are some good, tough goals there. The exercise one seems to be working for you and that is bound to help with the others. Healthier body leads to a healthier mind. And the dog one is a must 🙂

    Good luck with the rest of March

    • Thanks Pete! The weight one is my toughest one. That and the eating regimen. But I feel better for implementing the exercise one. 🙂 Fingers crossed I’ll tackle more of these as the year passes. 🙂

  3. crubin says:

    Making resolutions and holding yourself accountable: very impressive! I’ve never made resolutions. Maybe I’ll have to give them a go next year. That is, if the world doesn’t end by December. 🙂

  4. My exercise program is in the dumper as well. I have a friend that lives to exercise and although I love to walk actually going to the gym makes me physically ill. 🙂

    • LOL. We all have that one thing that trips us up. It’s the eating for me. It’s really hard to make good decisions a dozen times in a meal. There are so many things I can do wrong. Putting a 45 minute work out on my to-do list (especially when I can exercise at home) feels so much easier. I’ve come to see it as a great break from my laptop. I hate gyms. I feel so on display there.

  5. It's the little things that make life great.berry says:

    Keep at it. Rome wasn’t built in a year. Lol. Really. Life is hard.sometimes you have to give in to temptation. That’s the way the cookie crumbled. You eat it.

  6. jmmcdowell says:

    Exercise is one of the best things we can do for our bodies and minds. I get a lot of thinking done about works-in-progress while I do mine. Maybe it’s all that oxygen getting to the brain…. Or the Muse just likes to distract me when I’m busy with other things! 🙂

    • I totally agree. I’ve felt much better since I started working out 4-5 days a week. The muse always drops by when I’m not ready for guests. Something about firing those exercise endorphins brings her running. 🙂 Right before I fall asleep is another one of her favorite times to stop by.

  7. Wow, I’m so impressed by your energy. 30 agents!!! You’re an inspiration. (probably not to agents though – just kidding)

    • Thanks. But if I do one at a time, it doesn’t seem like as much. And that’s stretched over the year so it’s not nearly as impressive. ;P

      LOL. I swear I research each agent to determine if the book could be a good fit for them. So hopefully it’s not too bad on them.

  8. As you probably know, I’m not a fan of low-carb diets. But I’m totally cheering you on in other regards! 😉 So glad you’re feeling great energy wise. Keep up the great work!!

    • I think for the majority, low carb is not the best choice. 🙂 Especially the crazy low carb of 30 g a day, which is really hard on the body. I shoot for 50-70g a day made up of fruits and veggies and dairy and potatoes and low carb toast. I think a low carb diet should be followed if it’s prescribed by your doctor. In my case, it was because I have insulin resistance and am on medication to prevent me from developing diabetes.

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