Resolution Report: Month 2
Did a whole other month really go by? Is it really March? When did February happen?
Get back into a size 8. Sigh. Not a bit of progress on this one. In fact, I may backslid a bit. I’m still going to the gym, but only about twice a week. And my eating habits have been horrifying. First all the Valentine’s Day chocolate that I ate in defiance of not having a valentine. And now the Cadbury Creme Eggs. Oh, how I love those Cadbury Creme Eggs. Sigh. Grade: D (-)*
Run a half marathon. I’m running. Not as often as I should, though. I could maybe make it through a 5K if my life depended on it. Grade: C- (+)
Be more social. I just keep improving on this one! I think I’ve officially tossed off the hermit mantle. Don’t get me wrong: I’m still a misanthropic introvert. But I’m no longer a total shut-in. Grade: A (+)
Volunteer more often. Yeah, still not so much. In fact, even less, because I’ve started skipping church committee meetings. So I think this will be my Lenten thing. Instead of giving up something---because I don’t have much to give up and what I haven’t given up I’d be giving up for selfish, shallow purposes rather than for spiritual renewal---I’m going to commit to volunteer 40 hours throughout Lent. Grade: F (-)
Finish the first draft of a novel. Well, no. I still haven’t written a word of it. And I’m wondering if I should reword this goal, because I did write more last month. I wrote an op-ed on school finance for a local paper and a book review and an interview for a local Web site. So I’m writing. I’m just not writing fiction. Novel Grade: F; Writing Grade: C+
Live within a budget. Yes and no. Again, I haven’t pulled out the credit cards. But I borrowed a bit from my tax return. And I haven’t been putting anything into savings. Grade: C (/)
Pay my bills on time. Most of them. My electric bill was late. The stupid thing? I had the money to pay the bill. I was just too lazy to take the three minutes to write the check, affix a stamp, and put it in the mailbox. Grade: B (-)
Improve my work ethic. I think I may have actually gotten worse in the past month. And, really, I had thought I had hit rock bottom. But no. I could have cared less. And now I do. Grade: F (/)
Improve my cooking skills. February really wasn’t a very good month for me. Yet another goal on which I backslid. I did very little cooking this month, and what I did, generally ended in disaster. I did make some tasty biscuits, am getting better at omelets, and improved my cookie recipe. But the pizza disaster sort of cancels that all out. Grade: D (-)
Refresh my French skills. I may drop this goal. It just isn’t happening. Grade: F (/)
Don’t buy any books. Not only have I still not bought any books, but I’ve found ways to get free books! Grade: A+ (/)
In Summary: Out of 11 goals, I’ve stuck to 3 this month. Down from 3.5 last month.
Average Grade: C. Same as last month.
Onward to March!
* (-) means I did worse than the previous month; (+) means that I improved from the previous month; (/) means no change from the previous month.