Posts Tagged ‘30 Before 30’

#21: Clothes that fit

My 30 Before 30 list still doesn’t have 30 items on it (yet), but I’ve decided that’s ok! I’m fine with leaving room for new things to inspire me. 🙂

Though the list isn’t complete, it is growing! Earlier this week I added a few new things to the list, but the one that’s going to take the most ongoing effort is # 21: Having clothes that fit! I’ve made multiple jokes about it for months, but my clothes haven’t fit in a long time. I gave in a purchased a few things in a bigger size, but for the most part I’ve just been stuffing myself into clothes that don’t (and shouldn’t) fit because I promise myself that I’ll “do something about it soon.” It’s not comfortable and it’s not attractive. I’m at a higher weight than I’ve ever been in my life. Almost every picture taken of me over the past year (or longer) has made me cringe. Fernando and I went to San Antonio earlier this year and all of the pictures disgust me so much I haven’t shared any of them, and it’s only gotten worse.

Fernando recently got a Google Glass, which is an Internet device you wear on your glasses. (For the record, yes, I think they are horribly dorky. But I did marry a horrible dork, so what was I expecting?) It has a ton of neat features, like the ability to take a picture by winking. Unfortunately, he likes to use that feature to take pictures of me at often unflattering angles, which is mildly amusing and completely disheartening when I see the results. I’m going to share a picture of the awfulness, keeping in mind that when I see these pictures, I hear Tim Allen’s voice in The Santa Clause when his usually-fit body has morphed into a plump jolly body upon his transition to his life as Santa, “Does this look like A LITTLE WEIGHT to you?!?”


I don’t want to look like this anymore. I want to be proud of myself when I look in the mirror. I want to look at myself and see a strong woman that makes good choices for my health. I won’t be turning this blog into a weight loss blog and I won’t be posting numbers that I see on the scale regularly, but I am happy to report that over the last week, I’ve already lost some weight. I think that’s a good start, given that I survived a week of Christmas treats. 🙂

I realize that this goal may not be as specific or measurable as others as I’m not setting a specific weight that I need to reach by the time I’m 30. I don’t want to, because I don’t want this journey to become a fight with the scale. I’m willing to set the metric as “feeling good in the clothes that are in my closet as of December 27th, 2013.” Maybe this journey will mean I’ll get so fit I’ll be able to buy new clothes- if that happens, great! If not, I will be just as happy fitting into the clothes I have now. Either way, I’m never giving up ice cream. 😛


First item DONE!

It’s now Friday night and I am gearing up for the second busiest days of my work year tomorrow: winter commencement! I apologize to those of you that were promise Christmas newsletters and have not yet received them. My intentions are good, I promise, and they will be mailed soon- it just might be December 29th when you receive them. 🙂 It’s going to be a busy day tomorrow and I fully intend to go to bed as soon as I get home around 7:30 pm. 

Despite the busyness, I’m happy to report that I’ve completed my first item from my 30 Before 30 list! Yay! Over the weekend, I learned how to tie a French embroidery knot, thanks to watching the same 22-second YouTube video about 1,259 times and my darling mum that also took time to figure it out with me.

Sometimes, the tricky thing about having a disability is that it takes an extra hand or four to work on projects that people with two functioning hands can do without help. Luckily, I figured out a way to make the darn knots work for me. (You should see the way I have to knit- ha!)

SUCCESS! See those little holly berries? Those would be my French knots! I’m finishing up a Futurama Christmas stitch project for Fernando. It probably won’t get done before Christmas. I tried…


Starting… Now!

All the cool kids are doing it.

Yoga? No. Line dancing? Heck no! Cross-stitch? … Are you serious?

What am I talking about? 30 before 30! The hip, rad, groovy bucket list all the hipsters are throwing together these days. Why make a life bucket list that changes with the seasons when you can make one that is SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable/Attainable [depends on who you ask], Realistic, Time-related)? Of course, I’ll try to throw in a few nonsensical ones, too, for good measure. Life shouldn’t always be too structured!

I’ve probably had about 17 bucket lists over the years, and I’m fairly certain that the items I created on that list at age seven probably no longer apply (I never got that baby brother and I’m pretty sure I never had any authority on that subject…). However, there are several things I want to accomplish in life and haven’t really been working toward any of them.

Over the past year or so, I’ve become decreasingly active in almost every aspect of my life, with the exception of cross-stitching. I love cross-stitching so much that it has taken over my life and made me uninterested in lots of things. That worries me a bit. Most of my life these days involves cross-stitching, watching TV and eating junk food. It’s certainly not the worst life to live, but it seems so… disappointing.

You want to know something deeply disappointing? In the entire course of 2013, I have not read a single book. I think it mostly has to do with the fact that I can’t cross-stitch while reading or exercising. I’M A LIBRARIAN THAT HASN’T READ IN A YEAR! I think they’re going to take away my library card!

Thus, a quest. A specific, measurable (yet hopefully not boring) quest to do 30 things in just under two years. I’m still building the list, but I’ll be posting the items on this page and will be blogging about them as they’re either in progress or have been completed. And- bonus!- I’ll actually have real things to write about in this blog!

Please, follow along as I navigate this new journey, and help me think of things worth adding to the list! Help me stop being such a cotton-headed ninny muggins and start spending my time doing remarkable things!