And no, the title is not a euphemism, it's a call to action. I need plans. I resist them, but I need them. And frankly, it's a new year, so I need new plans. A big part of it is getting out into the world again, and the other part of it is to give me something I enjoy and keep me away from food.
The hard part for me is finding things that really catch my attention. I've never been a "hobbyist" or really excelled at any one particular thing (although there are some things I'm REALLY bad at, mostly anything to do with balancing or catching a ball). There are lots of things I do pretty well, but nothing that jumps out as exceptional. I'm a fairly good singer, but not a soloist; I can speak in public, but I'm no orator; I'm smart, but I'm no genius...you get the picture. There are things I like, but I ebb and flow with it. Something will completely take my fancy for a few weeks, and then I lose interest. It's probably from watching too much TV as a young child, or something (Hi Mom!)
So frankly, my train switches track a lot, and I got to keep it moving or I lose interest. In the interest of progress, I've lined up a bunch of activities either from Christmas presents or from Groupon, to stay busy, fit and motivated.
1. I have a learn Spanish DVD/ROM. It is still in the box. But hope springs eternal that I will actually get it out one day, get obsessed, and suddenly be able to fly to Spain with my latin lover before you can even say "Por favore" (or however the H you spell it...I was prissy in high school and took French).
2. My brother gave me a gift certificate for a local cooking school. I know, it sounds counter-intuitive to take a cooking class when you can't really eat, but I think it would be cool to learn how to use a knife like a chef...and it certainly would make cooking easier and quicker.
3. I still have my Zumba classes sitting out there. I'm hoping that I'll be able to try them either in February or March.
4. I have a month of yoga lessons for a great studio close to where I work. Maybe in February...
5. I have a 5-week course of knitting lessons. My friend Julie-Beth said that knitting is great for people like me with lots of nervous energy...nervous energy? Me?
6. I still have weekly sessions with Pilates, thanks to The Dad, for the remainder of the year.
7. Also thanks to The Dad (and the Mom), I have a Wii player. I'm pretty sure that a video of me Wii-ing would be excellent blackmail material...thank God the cat doesn't have the thumbs required to operate the camera.
Basically, I'm just trying to get out in the world a little more. Believe it or not, the larger I got the smaller my world became. Now that I'm shrinking, there is so much more that I can do. And, if I were to be honest with myself, I'm a living large kind of gal.