Turning a New Leaf – For Real This Time!

Today is the first day of a new me. Or a return to an old me. A better version of an old me maybe. Oh, you get the idea. I have new rules for my life starting today and I vow here and now to stick to them. I even got off to a good start this morning.

No more snoozing. My alarm goes off at 6:11 every morning and I proceed to hit snooze every 9 minutes until about 6:50. Yes, I’m a lazy bum. I then have to rush around like crazy and am late for work everyday. Not that anyone notices or cares, but I know and the guilt takes a toll.

No television before 7:30pm. When arriving home from work, the television always goes on though there’s nothing but reruns on the screen. Why do I need this distraction? This is prime getting-stuff-done time. And yet, I’m getting nothing done. No more, my friends. I’m getting all kinds of stuff done now.

No more eating out every night. And that includes ordering in. I’ve gotten beyond lazy and have blogged about my kitchen not being very inspiring. No more. I may never prepare a gourmet meal, but I can make a few good standbys and that will have to do. It’s better for the waistline and the wallet.

Exercise! Exercise! Exercise! Whether it’s heading over to the middle school around the corner to walk on the track, or going to the rec center (as soon as I join tomorrow) down the street to swim laps. I’m going to exercise. For the first time in five years I’ve had to buy a new wardrobe one size up. That’s apparently the motivation I needed. *sigh*

Doing homework throughout the week instead of all on Sunday. (It’s a long one but go with it.) This may be the toughest one. But this is what the no TV time is for. After cooking dinner, eating dinner, and cleaning up after dinner, I will do some homework. And if the kitchen doesn’t look perfect, so be it.

Getting to bed at a decent time. Ok, this one will be the hardest. For some reason, my nights between 9 and 12 disappear. I put kiddo to bed at 9 and the next thing I know, it’s 11:30. How does this happen? Is it only happening to me? Is there a cure?!

The big one – write more. I stand corrected, this will be the toughest. My current WIP has been stewing in my head for what feels an eternity at this point. I have a roadmap for it, I’m looking forward to writing it, and yet I don’t. That’s about to change. Especially since I got ANOTHER new story idea over the weekend. I can’t keep putting these things off. I need to take it seriously. I’m starting small. I will write no less than five pages a week. It’s not a lot, and I hope to do much more, but I need a goal that feels easy. And that’s it.

Now it’s your turn. What mid-year resolution are you making? Putting your foot down and making new rules? Have any writing goals you’d like to share and therefore be accountable for? Well, accountability around here is kind of an open ended thing…

24 thoughts on “Turning a New Leaf – For Real This Time!”

  1. MsHellion says:

    Are you sure you should try ALL of these at once? You may hurt yourself.

    Mid-Year Resolutions

    1.) Stop eating so much and exercise more

    2.) Write more, procrastinate less

    You know that’s enough. If I put down too many more and I’ll quit altogether! Also, drink more water.

  2. terrio says:

    You see, some of these work in tandem. If I’m cooking, I don’t need to watch TV. And if the TV is off and I’m not cooking, I need to find something to do which does not include sitting on the couch staring at nothing. The exercise I can technically do without leaving the house (Pilates CD!) and the going to bed earlier works in tandem with the no snoozing.

    The writing may have to be no TV two nights a week. Which since the shows I watch are coming to an end and there are a couple of nights with no shows I watch, I could probably do.

    I think yours are totally doable. It’s the motivation really. And aren’t we supposed to reporting weekly word counts? You’re the Captain, you’re supposed to be enforcing the rules! You’re dropping the cannonball, mate.

  3. MsHellion says:

    Oh, crap, I was, wasn’t I! I hand wrote a scene and that was it! That doesn’t count until it’s in the system. Blech.

  4. terrio says:

    Don’t be silly, writing is writing whether on paper or on keyboard. I spent a few hours doing homework on Saturday (those words count!) and I just finished doing a quick pass of my erotic romance short.

    I’m sending it off tonight! *looks at watch* I should have the rejection about this time tomorrow. LOL!

  5. Quantum says:

    I gave up making resolutions a long time ago….guess I must have it right now…..or perhaps I’m easily tempted. I do have one permanent resolution though. If the DW is happy then I am and all is well with the world. *w*

    Always happy to comment on other people’s resolutions *g*

    No more snoozing I recommend getting an electric bed with built in vibro-massage. Set it to go off on maximum….you’ll be surprised how animated you become.

    No television. I’m all for this. Only exception is Wimbledon tennis, England playing soccer, Man United big match, Wales rugby match, England cricket match,…….

    No more eating out. This is good. I’m serious here. Start eating vegetables. You can then eat as many as you like and feel healthy….add a little gravy for improved taste.

    Exercise. Excellent…as long as you do a little often and of a suitable variety.

    Gotta Go. Good luck with this and be sure to listen to Hellion….She has a lot of experience!

  6. You know my biggest one already. Go on an Internet diet. Damn, it’s hard.

    Keep writing every day. Doesn’t matter how much. I’ve been doing this since 2007 and it seems to be working.

    Eat more fruits and vegetables, and that doesn’t mean Hostess fruit pies are okay.

    Most important: Make more time for Sadie. I see her every two weeks or so. This summer I want to keep her at least once a week.

    Terri, if anyone can do it, you can! Good luck!

  7. terrio says:

    Q – I’m with you on all that (minus the vibrating bed I think) until you get to eating vegetables. I don’t eat veggies. None. No sense is scolding, I hear it all the time. I’ll have to see if that gravy idea has merit. Thanks for crossing the pond today.

    Maggie – You know we would miss you if you weren’t around the blogosphere. I start my daily with your witty comments.

    Sadie is certainly worthy of more time, I’m sure. My little one leaves in less than four weeks. I do enjoy being wild and free for a while, but I wish she didn’t have to go. 🙁

  8. J.K. Coi says:

    Great resolutions Terr. Good luck with that.
    For me, the only thing I can think of is Less internet=More writing and I’m going to focus on that.

  9. MsHellion says:

    Q’s right. I have lots of practice in QUITTING. *LOL*

  10. terrio says:

    But J.K., your books are on the internet. So you get a free pass. LOL!

    Yeah, I wasn’t sure where Q was going with that one, so I left it alone. LOL!

  11. irisheyes says:

    I’m starting the exercise and eat healthy routine yet again. Each time I start this I hope maybe this time it’ll stick. LOL

    I’m trying another thing that I’ve never tried before and that is to stop making negative comments. That’s a really hard one for me, but I’m seeing my son turn into a mini-me and it’s not a pretty picture – nothing is fair, everything is too hard, every cut needs an ER visit, etc, etc. All I keep thinking is his future wife is going to kill me if I don’t get him straightened out soon!

  12. terrio says:

    Is that picture above screwing with anyone else? I might have to change that. Hmmmm….

    Irish – I’m not sure of your son’s exact age but I think it might be close to my kiddo’s. As the mother of a girl who will someday be looking for a good man, I thank you for straightening him out now. LOL!

    I have had friends with boys and they let them run amuck, spoil them rotten, cater to them, and simply make them…well…typical males. I never understand this. My mother, my aunt, they both did it. And when I asked them why when they throw us girls out to the world to fend for ourselves, they still coddle the boys even in adulthood?

    Neither had an answer except, “They’re boys.” Gah!

  13. Diana says:

    Terri, I like this idea of a mid year resolution. I’ll make some with you.

    No more snoozing. I definitely need to follow this one. Just because the lab I work in is relaxed doesn’t mean I can walk in at noon everyday. I have to start waking up at a decent hour, like 6 or 7.

    Stick to the financial plan. Lately, I’ve been spending so much money. This has to stop! I need to build up some savings and keep paying off my credit and student loans.

    Getting to bed at a decent hour. Somehow, like you Ter, I’ve been sitting down in front of the computer at 9 or 10 and looking at the clock in amazement that it’s midnight. I really need to get into bed earlier.

    Exercise-Maybe if I can do the wake up earlier thing, I can exercise in the morning.

    Sew More- I love sewing, but I feel as if there’s never enough time for it. So I should make time, right?

    Ok Terri, I’m ready to commit. Are we reporting in once a week?

  14. terrio says:

    That’s the way to get on board, Di. Accountability would probably help. So far I’ve managed to keep the TV off until primetime and I’ve worked on writing two nights in a row. The plan is to join the rec center tonight (softball Monday and nasty storms last night) so the exercise should commence soon.

    Oh, and I cooked at home last night. Progress is slow but even baby steps count.

    I wish I could sew. I even own a sewing machine. Someday I’ll learn how to use it.

  15. Diana says:

    Terri-Way to go! Baby steps, that’s all it takes, and the world begins to change. I have to make dinner for myself now that school is out. *pouts* Oh well, I like cooking for the most part. I like it more when I have more than 2 pots to use. As for sewing, I could always stop by and show you how it works.


  16. terrio says:

    Di – we’ll have to make an appointment for a sewing tutoring session. Pencil me in for late 2009.

  17. Stephanie J says:

    Great list! Most of these are on my own. I need to devote more time to the snoozing resolution. I’ve been pretty good with the TV…I avoid it by working out after work or going to B&N to write. Sortof two birds with one stone!

    I wish I was more talented at sewing! Heck, I just wish I had a sewing machine. 🙂

  18. terrio says:

    Steph – I have to rush home to get the kiddo by a certain time so no stopping after work. Though she spends the summer with her dad so I can do it then. I need to do that.

    The snoozing is hard. The night got away from me again last night so not hitting snooze after only 6 hrs sleep was not possible this morning.

  19. Di says:

    Late 2009? That’s early. *pencils in Terri* Consider it done! What shall we do first, a skirt or pencil bags?

  20. Marnee Jo says:

    Awesome resolutions, Ter!

    Um, I don’t have any resolutions. Maybe go exercise more instead of sucking down three cups of coffee every morning. But, seriously, I need my caffeine! I doubt exercise will function in the same capacity and anyone saying that exercise gets the adrenaline going and gives you some sort of high always sounds like they’re smoking something.

    So, I ain’t buying it.

    But, I should walk more, none the less.

  21. terrio says:

    Di – I’m thinking a nice little square baby blanket. Made out of one piece of material.

    Marn – they are certainly smoking something and I’m not buying it either. In fact, I propose the only thing that will make me feel more awake during the day is to sleep more.

  22. Diana says:

    I can’t drink coffee. It gives me a headache. Even black tea does it sometimes. I don’t know why.

    And those who run baffle me. The most I can do is Pilates…every other day…if that.

    Terri: The skirt is made of strips. It’s super easy and cutes! I can show you the one I made.

  23. MistyJo says:

    Terri, good for you! 🙂 You can be my role model…when I decide to do something with the chaos that swarms me. Goes back to that little procrastination problem of mine.

    Next Friday is my last day, and I have the summer. Throw in some tearful goodbyes and then YAY SUMMER! My plans are to clean my house, remodel my bedroom, write some more short stories, and FIND a teaching position closer to home by August. If all else fails, I hope the job comes about. Hate to think of the alternative since I told my present employer that I’m not coming back. I’m REALLY going to miss my students. *sniff*

  24. terrio says:

    Misty – This not turning on the tv when we first get home is the best idea I’ve had in a long time. I’m getting lots done. Last night I managed to finish all of my Science homework (including my two page essay) before 8:30pm. Before I would have waited until about 2pm on Sunday to even start that stuff. And it’s due midnight Sunday.

    I’ll be sending good job hunting vibes your way. I know you’ll miss those kids, but what you’ve given them will stick with them forever. So you’ll never really leave them completely.

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