Thursday, January 3, 2013

My 2013 = Perseverance

I've never been one to use a word as motivation for the upcoming year. But, this year I just might. Perseverance: steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, etc., especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement.

I am a college student. In my thirties. While parenting seven kids. Difficult? Absolutely. An obstacle? Most definitely. Discouraging? Sometimes. But, I am determined to persevere and complete this year's classes with good grades. I slacked up a lot last year. Everyone else's needs and wants came before my school work. There were times I was sitting up at 1 in the morning trying to finish a paper before the absolute final deadline. This deadline came with penalties such as 10 or 20% of grade docked a day. I was writing excellent papers. My grades before the penalties were usually perfect or a few points off. But, the penalty dropped my grades low. I would breathe a sigh of relief when I squeaked through the class with a C. But, how can I get into graduate school with those grades? I need to step it up. I need to remember that my classes come before some other things. As a matter of fact, I already have the first paper assignment even though my class doesn't start until Tuesday. As soon as I am done here, I am beginning this paper. {I totally love that some assignments in classes are posted well before the start date} I may even have it done before class even starts.

In my schoolwork, I will have perseverance!

I began my weight loss journey in October 2012. I weighed 228 lbs. I immediately cut out all soda. I immediately stopped eating fatty fast foods, opting for their grilled chicken or salad options. I stopped eating large portions of food, especially carbs. I traded in high calorie snacks for rice cakes and 100 calorie packs. Almost 3 months later, I am down 19 lbs. I intend to continue this lifestyle. I do occasionally slip up. Every now and then, I want a McDonald's burger. And I get one. Just a regular cheeseburger and a salad. I still drink primarily water. Occasionally I use Crystal Light packs in it. I treat myself once a week or less with a diet Dr Pepper. My goal weight is 140 lbs. But, in 2013 my goal is to lose 60 lbs. This is 5 lbs a month and puts me 9 lbs away from my goal. Can I do it? I believe I can. Will I succeed? I believe I will. On my current pace, I could lose 80 lbs, but I only have 69 lbs more to go. I got this!

When it comes to weight loss, I will have perseverance!

In November, I signed up for NaNoWriMo. The purpose of this is to write a 50,000 word novel in a month. I went into this project blind. I had no research, no notes, no outline, nothing. All I had was a basic idea. I started to write. Finding time to write the required word count daily was a struggle. I was stopping and researching in order to finish writing. I will participate in NaNoWriMo again in November. I will select an idea from my growing list and do research prior to the start of the actual writing. But, in the meantime, I have this wonderful book began and it has great potential. I love my characters. I love the storyline. And I will finish it. Before September. {Ha! That's ironic considering what part of the storyline was about.} I have 42,000 words left to go.

When it comes to finishing my novel, I will have perseverance!

So, in order to accomplish these three simple goals for myself, I will have perseverance! I will remain focused in my course of action. I will overcome the obstacles and difficulties presented to me in the course of accomplishing these goals.

My 2013 = Perseverance.

1 comment:

Shell said...

Sounds like you are on the right track to meet all your goals!