Although my goal-setting to goal-achievement ratio is…quite bad, I am not discouraged. If you could have seen my room before Sunday and then see it now, you’d give me bonus points for the transformation. I found a bag in there of things from my Christmas stocking. No joke. And I chucked a whole big trash bag of stuff. I’m wondering now if I could do that every weekend. That would definitely be one way to simplify. Hmmm…
Here’s how the list stands now:
- Sidewalk chalk a driveway.
Salsa dance party in my living room. Swing! (aka play on a playground) Story telling night.
- Four square tournament.
- Random dress-up night.
- Photo scavenger hunt.
- Iron Chef: Cookies (bake cookies using ingredients found in the kitchen).
- Beach trip! (complete with sand castle contest).
- People watch – make up stories about the people.
- Public craft night (invite passers-by to join in).
- Make a friendship bracelet/mail it to a friend.
- Kickball game.
- Field Day!
- Segway tour.
- Rock/Wall climbing.
- Progressive dinner.
- Offer to do people’s caricatures in the park.
Send a silly package.
- Spend a day in a podunk town just looking around.
- Finger paint.
- Bake cupcakes and give them to my neighbors.
- Let a child pick out an outfit for me at Goodwill. Wear it to work.
- Buy a plate from Goodwill, paint it to commemorate my Awesome April Adventures, and display it on my mantle.
- Set up a free face painting table downtown.
- Ride a horse.
Go somewhere after hours.
- Ride the carousel at Pullen Park.
I’ve still got the plate ready to go. I just need to come up with a design. And I have a plan in place to go horseback riding this Friday! Plus, there’s sidewalk chalk in my car, so that can happen at any moment. And let me just tell you about the swinging. I went on Saturday night after seeing Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, which is really good despite the fact that it sounds really weird and stars Emily Blunt, whom I’d like to hate (because she’s married to John Krasinski and I’m not) but just can’t. And furthermore, who knew it was the Yemen? That was new for me.
Ok so as it turns out, I didn’t want to tell you about the swinging at all, but about the movie, which I’ve done now. Go see it if it’s playing near you. It was delightful.
In unrelated news, I’m sort of on a diet. It’s not terribly strict or anything. I’m just watching how many calories I eat with a goal of losing a goodly amount of weight by this time next year. I’ve been doing it for a couple of weeks, which means theoretically, I should have lost a couple of pounds by now, but since I don’t own a scale, there’s really no way to know, and that’s ok. It’s not about the number, just about paying attention to how much I’m eating and hopefully fitting into smaller clothes in a year. I’m using a Nook app called “Lose It,” which I’m told works sort of the same way Weight Watchers does: You’re allowed a certain amount of calories each day depending on how much you weigh, how tall you are, how much weight you want to lose, how quickly you want to lose it, etc. If you exercise, you’re allowed as many more calories as what you burn doing the exercise. Pretty simple, really. I’ll let you know how the smaller clothes thing is coming along in a few months, but it might help me stay motivated if you tell me I look thinner the next time you see me. I will have forgotten by then that I wrote this, so it doesn’t even have to be true. Thanks, friends!