Monday, June 23, 2008

It's on!

So how is everyone doing with keeping that Christmas spirit in their life all year long? Not so hot? I figure that most people have, for the most part, forgotten those New Year's Goals by this time too. Here we are in the middle of the year. I think that this is the perfect time to start making some midway goals.

For a while now things have been "good" in my life. I got past the horrid "survival mode" of having a nutso baby. She blossomed into this amazing, spirited toddler and my life got a little more on track. It seems to me that I need to move on past good. I think that is why I have been feeling a bit blue lately. I'm not drowning anymore, but I'm not swimming forward either. I'm just treading water. Maybe a little dog paddle. (Please excuse the lame metaphor) I need to get to "great mode" especially before another little bundle of crazy arrives. Yesterday I thought it would be a nice Sunday activity to write down the things in my life that need improving. For example, I want my house to be clean and organised, not just tidy. To prepare for this economy I need to watch my retail therapy and keep random purchases to a minimum. (This isn't a big problem for me, but I have a tendency to buy beads and jewelry findings with abandon). I want my prayers to be meaningful, not just existent. And the biggy - I want to fit into my pre-pregnancy clothes comfortably.
  • For the cleaning part I am taking the advice of many bloggers and using flylady to start to take more control of things.
  • For the $$$ stuff I am focusing on using the beads I already have to make jewelry and watching my gas usage.
  • For spiritual goals, Shane and I are working towards our goals together.
  • For getting into shape..............

We are going on a cruse. Planning a cruise is the best way that I personally know of to get the fear in you to get into better shape. The last cruise we went on was 9 months before Lydia was born. I had a new outfit for every day, every dinner. I even dawned a two piece swimsuit. Those clothes, for the most part, have stayed neatly folded in an attic box marked "vacation". Here is the thing. I WILL wear them again. All of them a size (or 2) too small, by October, they will fit me nicely.

So the truth of the matter, are we really going on a cruise? We aren't totally sure. That depends on if my mom can really come out, if Shane is able to save enough vacation days for that and Christmas. It depends on if we can get a good price on flights to Florida and if gas stays under $5 a gallon and the economy stays afloat. There are a lot of "ifs" but I want it bad. And even if it doesn't happen and we have to settle for a long weekend relaxing by the Chattanooga Hilton pool, I need to believe that it could happen so that I can get ready.

That cruise was one of the best weeks of my life. The most romantic, decedent, (and well priced) vacation ever. The thought of doing it again makes me gitty. The salt air, the sunsets over the ocean, making out on the beach....the buffets....

So I am getting my life into "great" mode. Wish me luck.

Photo of our favorite day. Ever. Private island, our own private beach. We didn't see another soul for hours.

P.S. I think I will do a weekly blog of my progress, ideas, meals, etc. Just to keep me honest. A "countdown to cruise" if you will.


lisa said...

I love cruises! But I think I actually gained weight right before I went on my last one. Somehow a looming vacation doesn't have the same effect on my health as it does yours. I wish it did.

kristi lee said...

Go get 'em tiger! Now if we can only get our kids to let us work out for more than 5 minutes!

xcdenke said...

You and me both sister! I so desperately need a cruise! I too, definitely need motivation. I think I am looking forward to Seattle as a new start for me, to find myself and motivate me once again. "Cheers" to a change.

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