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Continuing from my last post, here are two more categories of goals and a bit of information about each goal.  Also, if it isn’t obvious yet, some goals fit in multiple categories, so this is by no means black and white, just what felt right and seemed to fit best.

Taking Care of My Physical Well-Being

1. Get to and maintain a healthy weight

Though I said my list wasn’t in any order except the order I thought of them, getting to a healthy weight for me is indeed my biggest priority at the moment.  Last month when I got my bloodwork done I found out my triglycerides are pretty high and my bad cholesterol isn’t too far behind.  I’m definitely overweight, putting on 15 pounds in the past year alone.  It’s getting more difficult to do simple things (like tie my effing shoes!) so this has got to stop.  It’s ridiculous.  I’ve got an elliptical in the garage, though I used it a lot more when it was in the bedroom.  I might need to move it to somewhere that’s more convenient, but I’ll figure that out.  The point is, I have to get healthy.  And it’s not like it’s that hard – eat less (especially junk) and exercise more.  I just have to actually do it.  For real and for good, dammit.

13. Get caught up on health check ups

I haven’t gotten a regular exam in much too long.  Okay, so it’s been two years which may not seem very long, but really it is.  And honestly I think part of the reason I’ve not gone is because I don’t want to get lectured about my weight.  Kind of stupid, but I need to get over that.

28. Get 3 massages

I think getting a massage every now and then would do wonders for me.

35. Go on a juice fast for 3 or 4 days

I’m fascinated with the whole idea of a juice fast.  It seems like it would be pretty easy and simple – just plan out your juices and you’ll be set.  I’ve got a juicer, which I would need to learn to use first, but that would make it super easy.  I’ve read that some people do juice fasts, or detoxing or whatever the cool new hype word is for it, on a regular basis like monthly.  Depending on how I feel after my fast, whenever I can get organized enough to do it, I might try to use to jump start things again every once in a while.

37. Do yoga every day (at least 1 asana)

There are three yoga mats in the house, about 2 years worth of Yoga Journal magazines and 2 yoga practice DVDs. The fact that I haven’t done yoga more regularly is a shame.  I love it and it makes me feel better – instantly.  It’s not like lifting weights where it hurts and only after weeks does it start to make a difference.  I want to use the elliptical and do a yoga practice every day, one on either end of the day to balance each other out.  Getting to the point where I can finagle that routine (and go to work on time) is an obstacle at the moment.  So in the meantime, my goal is to do at least one asana a day.  Any asana, even if it’s just mountain pose.

53. Get up at the same time every day for 1 month

Tying in with my difficulty thus far for getting a good routine, I can’t seem to wake up in the mornings at the time I set the alarm for.  I’m a snooze-hitter, for sure.  I’m not grumpy when I get up, I just don’t get up when I initially intend to.  I want this to change so that I have a mostly regular routine (late night movie excursions excepted).  I feel better with a routine, I just have to get into one.

71. Go 1 week without eating out (fast food, restaurants, even deli from the store!)

Ties in to losing weight (and saving money). Though I do admit we’ve eaten fast food less since I moved in, which is nice.

83. Try 5 new vegetables

I suspect that I’ll get these veggies from the farmer’s market or one of the Asian marketplaces nearby.  I think I’ve had all the veggies offered in the regular supermarket, though I’ll have to take a better look next time.

86. Get a comfortable chair for my desk

My hips, shoulders and lower back will certainly thank me for this one.

Taking Care of My Mental and Emotional Well-Being

6. Read at least 2 books a month

I generally read the book my book club reads each month (not always though), but I want to make sure I’m reading more than just that, too.  And if I “read” audiobooks, it’d be even easier since I can listen to those when I’m doing other stuff.

19. Learn Japanese (via study groups, on my own or a class)

This past February I decided I wanted to learn Japanese and got a lot of books and study aids and even My Japanese Word Coach for my Nintendo DS.  But I still wouldn’t even call myself an advanced beginner because I never got into a good study routine for it.  I looked and Japanese I at my alma mater as a personal enrichment class is about $230.  That would be for 16 hours of instruction, which kind of seems expensive but if it helps me meet other like-minded people to continue my studies after the class, I think it would be worth it.  Also, I really miss having a structured foreign language learning environment.  The Russian language classes I took in college were some of my favorites.

22. Try out a new baking recipe each month

There are so many things to bake!  I’m not sure if I want to do this as something to bring into the office for coworkers or rather just keep it for friends and family, but we’ll see.

25. Visit my grandmother’s grave in Kansas

She grew up in Kansas and wanted to be buried in the same place as her mom and dad.  We went out for the burial itself, but I haven’t been since.  It’s only about an 8 hour drive and one of her sisters still lives close by so I would have somewhere to stay if I needed.  I haven’t done it yet (it’s been two years) because it doesn’t seem like any weekend would work and I’m kind of afraid, of confronting that still, I guess.  But I need to.  (There’s a commemorative bench and tree planted in her honor in a local park out here that I also need to visit more often.)

27. Develop a New Year’s Eve tradition with Kyle and the kids

It would be very nice to be able to develop a holiday tradition with Kyle and the kids since they already have some set in stone, but evidently they don’t do much on New Year’s Eve.

34. Do a New York Times Sunday Crossword (at least 95% complete) without any help

I have dreams (very improbable ones) of winning the National Crossword Puzzle Championship, but if I can’t complete a NY Times Sunday Puzzle on my own, that certainly won’t happen.  (Perhaps going to the tournament will be a goal for another set of 1,001 days.)

50. Finish travelogues from Canada, London and Memphis

I have two days of Canada to write about (from August 2008!), three days of London (from May 2009) and then another day and a half of Memphis (just from this past September).

60. Learn to play a new game every month

I love playing games and I love learning.  This seemed like a no-brainer to add to the list.  That was before I thought about how I was going to go about learning said games.  Online?  Going to gaming meetups?  I’d rather avoid having to buy a new game every month, of course.  If all else fails, I can always refer to my trusty Hoyle Rules for Card Games book.  We’ll see how this works out.

61. Write 3 short stories in NaNo off-season

This year’s NaNo (which I WON!) made me remember that I really do like writing.  I think writing more often will help me win at NaNo in the future more easily – and hopefully with less editing.

64. Spend an entire day in bed (when healthy!) reading, relaxing, etc.

Does this not sound completely awesome?

74. Reread (relisten to) The Dark Tower series

I rushed through The Dark Tower series when I first read/listened to them so I probably missed a lot.  Every other time I’ve tried to get through them again, I get stuck in Book 5, Wolves of the Calla.  I want to get through to the end again because I remember enjoying Books 6 and 7 quite a bit.  (Though I haven’t cried as much at a book since I read My Girl when I was 11.  Okay, that’s not true, Randy Pausch’s The Last Lecture totally got me, too.)

75. Buy a world map & study it!

This will help with a) my crossword solving skills; b) my chances at Jeopardy; c) any trivia games and d) my general feeling of intelligence and worldliness.  I’m trying to decide if I want one of those giant wall size maps or just a really good atlas book.

76. Do morning pages most mornings (4/7 each week)

I learned of morning pages from The Artist’s Way.  I really like the concept and perhaps they will help wake me up more naturally than letting my alarm go off 15 times before I finally stop hitting snooze.

85. Go to the library once a month

I underutilize my library.

89. Make another list of 101 things for the 1001 days following the end of this project

I anticipate that this will be a successful project and would like to see that success continue in future 1,001 day chunks of time.

91. Take the online Jeopardy test each year

I took it this past year and really enjoyed the experience, not that anything came of it.  But if it ever did…

94. Do a proper Lush pampering at least once a month

In the hustle and bustle of everyday life sometimes I forget to take care of myself.  Slowing things down to pamper myself with Lush once a month is a good start.  And gives me a nice reason to get more Lush stuff.

99. Let go of a balloon

Some things just need to be set free.

Today is day 1 of 1,001 for me.  Before I go to bed I will have done both of my daily goals (write morning pages and do some yoga).  I’d like to give more information about each of my goals.  I’ve sorted them out roughly into the following categories: mental health, physical health, environmental health, relationships, accomplishments, adventures, crafty things and “adult” responsibilities that I haven’t seem to have gotten the hang of yet.  I figured it might be easier to introduce the goals categorically.  So, without further ado.

“Adult” Responsibilities That I Haven’t Seem To Have Gotten The Hang Of Yet

36. Get Penny caught up on car maintenance

I’m a horrible car owner, rarely paying attention to mileage and tune ups.  My goal is to make sure Penny gets regular maintenance so that she’ll be around for awhile yet.

46. Get to work at least 5 minutes early every day

This seems like a no-brainer, but this past year especially I’ve gotten to work on the dot or just past 9:00 a.m. when my shift starts.  We’ve just started using a new timeclock that requires you to log in to your computer and then to the timeclock and then you have to punch in, so getting to work exactly at 9:00 a.m. doesn’t cut it anymore.  Also, leaving home with plenty of time helps me start the day off right without feeling rushed or speeding on the highway to make sure I get there.

49. Sincerely try out the Flylady program for domestic organization

I cannot begin to describe the horribly cluttered state of the house. It doesn’t help that I moved in with my boyfriend, Kyle, in October merging my too-much-stuff with his too-much-stuff.  There’s a lot of work to be done and maintain and I need serious help with it.  I’ve heard about Flylady before, so I figure it’s time I give it a go.  I’m going to try this in earnest beginning on January 1st.

58. Unpack all boxes

I’ve got boxes that haven’t been unpacked and gone through in years.  It’s time to remedy that.  (And also the regular boxes that were just packed up in October for the move and I haven’t unpacked yet.)

59. Get everything from storage

Over the past few years I’ve moved from a two bedroom apartment all by myself to a one bedroom apartment to one room and now into a house that’s already been furnished.  A lot of my stuff resides in my mom’s storage unit and I want to get everything out of there, dealt with, organized and put away or donated.

79. Pay off overdraft

I rely much too heavily on my overdraft and want to stop that bad habit, using it as intended – for emergencies only.  (No, buying that amazingly perfect skein of yarn (and of course 3 of its friends) does not constitute an emergency.)

90. Make a Will

This feels like one of the most daunting goals on my list, but I’d like to get it out of the way.

Goals To Improve My Relationship With My Environment and/or Community

4. Plant and tend some vegetables each spring and summer

I’ve always wanted to grow some of my own produce.  We don’t have much of a backyard here, so I’ll have to use containers, but I’m okay with that for now.

5. Line dry clothes outside in the spring and summer

Again, without a big huge backyard, it makes this a little more challenging, but I’m game.

12. Buy a menstrual cup

I honestly think this will probably help me feel better physically during my period as well.

24. Once able, give blood every six weeks

Because of a medication I’m taking now, I’m unable to give blood for quite some time.  But once I am able, I can’t wait to make regular donations.

33. Knit 5 hat&scarf combos for charity

I hope that I do more than just 5, but it’s a good start.

38. Obtain (make or buy) enough totes for shopping that I can practically eliminate my use of plastic bags

I have a few that I’ve made and a few that I’ve bought.  My weakness lies in not putting them in convenient spots for when I actually need them.  Something small enough to fit in my purse is my biggest priority to accomplishing this one at the moment.

84. Attempt composting

This will require some research on my part and I’m hoping to help teach others in the house about it too.

87. Make regular donations to Goodwill

I’ve got two boxes sitting around for the past two months that are ready to be donated that I just haven’t actually taken.  That’s lame.

101. Go to a farmer’s market (or to Ollin Farms on the way home from work)

Much to my chagrin, I’ve never been to a farmer’s market, even though there are several within driving (and walking) distance of home and work and I even drive past a farm on the way home from work that sells their produce a few days a week.

More tomorrow!

I’ve decided to embark on the 101 Things in 1,001 Days project.  Information on the project, from http://www.dayzeroproject.com is below.

The Challenge:
Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days.

The Criteria:
Tasks must be specific (ie. no ambiguity in the wording) with a result that is either measurable or clearly defined. Tasks must also be realistic and stretching (ie. represent some amount of work on your part).

Why 1001 Days?
Many people have created lists in the past – frequently simple challenges such as New Year’s resolutions or a ‘Bucket List’. The key to beating procrastination is to set a deadline that is realistic. 1001 Days (about 2.75 years) is a better period of time than a year, because it allows you several seasons to complete the tasks, which is better for organising and timing some tasks such as overseas trips, study semesters, or outdoor activities.

I’m starting my 1001 Days on December 1st, so I have some time left to finalize my list and start organizing the whole project.  There is a separate page where I’ve listed my 101 Things, but I will also be dividing them up into categories and blogging about my intentions regarding them over the next two weeks to get started on the right foot.

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