This post is all about progress. Progress is defined as “a movement toward a goal or a higher stage.” Everyone is progressing in some way, whether it be progressing towards a financial goal, completing an education course, or working on a quilt. I started thinking about progress this morning when I looked at a scarf I’m working on. I wanted to post on my progress with that project. As I thought about it, though, I have many things I’m slowly chipping away at, like that scarf. One row at a time, one assignment at a time, one meal at a time. The great thing about progress is, every little bit counts. Even if I only knitted two stitches, that’s two stitches towards my goal. That’s progress! If we look at it this way, every little inch, every little step, is a cause for celebration! So, let’s talk about my progress.
The scarf–It’s turning out well! I’m a little worried I won’t have enough yarn. Good news is, though, it’s not expensive and it’s still in stock. I pulled the matching hat I made last year (by the way, this is a replacement scarf), and it was filled with holes…this is, of course, after I foolishly tossed it in the wash on a regular setting. (Shame on me!!) Oh, well. I’m already working on a replacement scarf, why not a hat, too?
Progress at school…it’s progressing! 🙂 Actually, I’m doing fairly well even though I feel so overwhelmed at times I just want to quit! (Don’t worry. No one will let me.) I’m halfway through the semester, I have the majority of my field observation hours taken care of, and math–which I thought was going to suck–er, be difficult–is actually my favorite class! I’ve also planned out my courses for next semester. I’m going to take another education course, environmental
science, statistics, and either World or British Literature. (Any suggests on which?)
Elsewhere and my universe, general craftiness is at a stand-still. I’m hoping this changes! I have ideas, and I am SO inspired by all the blogs I frequent (everyone is being crafty but me.) I just need to find the time. (So this would be a zero progress on the craft-front.)
Budgeting…no progress. I don’t even want to think about it. It’s expensive to run a family of five.
Lastly, weight loss/health-gain progress. Again, a stand still. I had actually lost about three pounds, but gained it back. I feel like crap (arthritis) and my big plans of joining a gym and becoming a fitness nut fizzled out. Can’t afford a gym membership and when would I find time? I’m already spread thin. BUT something I can and should do is yoga at home. Strength training with that Bowflex my husband bought a few months back and has only been used a total of six times…between the both of us. And walking!!! Didn’t I promise myself I’d start doing that as soon as the boys went back to school? I haven’t gone for a single walk since they started–back in AUGUST.
Fitness aside, the bigger problem lies in the CRAP I’ve been eating the last few weeks. My husband (who I love) is the biggest wrench in my plans! I don’t want to blame him totally, because he isn’t holding me down and forcing me to drink copious amounts of Coke, but he wants soda, he wants chips, he wants ice cream. How am I supposed to abstain when I’m serving it to him? One good thing I’ve been doing, though, is baking my own treats. Not only does it take more effort than opening a box, but I KNOW what is going in my cookies, and what is NOT, like high-fructose corn syrup and trans fat. I think I eff this up, though, by eating large amounts of the final product.
So. This is the plan. I want PROGRESS in this aspect of my life. This is me now.
I will be straight with you. I took this picture this morning. I picked the skinniest looking picture out of the twenty I took. Now for the full disclosure. I am 5’5 and, according to my scale which may or may not be accurate, am 172 lbs. The goal I’m setting is 145 by this time next year. Each week, I hope to whittle away at that number, and I’ll post how I’m doing. Any progress is good progress.