Doin’ it!

I am 46 days into my 365-day Do-Over Challenge. That means I have 319 days left to complete my project. In some ways it seems like lots of time and it some ways it seems like 319 days is simply not enough time.But as I went over my goal list today, I think it’s doable. In fact, I was surprised to find that I’ve already accomplished more than I thought I had.


  • DONE Get knee fixed. I iced the crap out of my knee and took NEM (Natural Eggshell Membrane), which helped but I was still having a hard time getting into the crouching position. I was still running on it because I thought it was helping. THEN I got sick and couldn’t run. I am now fully healed! Lesson: REST!
  • DONE Sign up for Ottawa Race Weekend 10 km (Saturday, May 27, 2017)
  • DONE Start training first week of February. I am now, unfortunately, behind 2 weeks because of the cold/flu I had, which has now turned into Bronchitis!! I’ll have to back off a bit, which means I don’t have a predicted time yet for my race outcome.
  • Complete Ottawa Race 10km in____:____
  • Sign up for MEC Race Series (haven’t done it yet, but I have until April 16 (the next race) to do it.
  • Sign up for Army 1/2 marathon or 10km (Sunday, September 17).
  • Sign up for Fall Colours 10km (Sunday, October 8).
  • DONE Workout: GOAL (need one). I have a month-long arm challenge I’m going to start in April (still sick so I can’t do it yet).
  • Rock climbing:I was supposed to start again in February, but couldn’t with the knee injury and then the sickness. Haven’t assigned a new date yet.


  • DONE 5 lbs off by February 10. It took me another month than expected to lose the first 5 lbs, but it’s finally off.
  • Another 5 lbs off by February 28. NEW DATE: April 15
  • Weigh 135 lbs by Ottawa Race Weekend (Saturday, May 27)


  • DONE I’m a pretty healthy eater, but I got off track this past Christmas. Thus, my goal was to return to my normal eating habits (ie, little or no bread-my tummy doesn’t do well); few or no sweets; limit alcohol; mainly protein and vegetables.
  • Continue my food, exercise, joy, etc. journal. I fell off the wagon. Need to get back on!


  • DONE Vitamin C
  • DONE Omega 3-6-9
  • DONE add: Magnesium (500 mg?)
  • DONE Start pro/prebiotics (10 million). With more research, I realized 30 billion of various probiotics would be better, so that’s what I started.

Other Health

  • DOING Continue Neurofeedback once/week, but begin training other areas of the brain. Just started again, so need more time before training other brain areas.
  • DONE DON’T cancel my cardiologist specialist. I really wanted to! My lifestyle is very healthy, no predisposition for heart problems, so I felt silly going. But I had A LOT of stress last year, so I swallowed my pride and went. All is well. Glad I went.
  • DOING I am determined to balance my gut this year! The probiotics are helping, but I want to pursue this with my doctor when I see her next month (April).


  • Singing.
    • Go to all lessons and jams, PERIOD. No skipping (unless it’s life or death!)
      • Lessons: 4/8 (January/February). Need to do better, however, I need to give myself a break because I’ve been sick for more than 2 weeks.
      • Jams: 1/2 (January/February)
    • DOING Go to all lessons/jams with the intent of having fun and finding joy. Of the lessons and jams I’ve been to (as well as in my practice) I have done this.
    • Audition for at least two more things (musical, revue, band, something!)
    • Go to four additional jams around the city (other than The Music Factory)
  • Joy Journal. Continue daily joy journal. I’ve been finding joyful things every day, but I haven’t been writing them down consistently.
  • DOING Drawing Prompts. Continue daily prompts from  500 Drawing Prompts. I haven’t done it EVERY day, but most days.
  • My Book.
    • By the end of this year, I want an agent. The person who was looking at my manuscript rejected it, so…
    • NEW GOAL: write 100 query letters to agents this year. Better get started.
    • Start writing my second book.
  • DOING Blog. My goal with this blog was to write a daily post or as often as I can–as long as I keep it up over the next year. Daily posts were too ambitious, but I’m keeping it up.
  • Adventure. I want more adventures in my life, so:
    • DONE Go to my financial planner.
    • DONE Set up RRSP for stability but also a travel account to start March 15. Will start instead on March 22.
    • Save $15-20,000 for a big trip in 2-3 years.
    • CANCELLED. I have been given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to go to Bali at a reduced rate. On top of the above, tighten my belt so I can save $2000. Decided not to pursue this and just save my money.
    • Take a beach vacation in 2018 with my husband.
    • Take two local vacations in the next 3 years with my husband.
    • Get new passports for husband and myself (spring 2017).
    • Go to bank for a travel rewards card.
    • Find 10 things to DO that bring more fun/joy to my life.
  •  DOING Posting a positive video on Facebook.  This has been really interesting. Not only have I been posting positive videos most days, I’ve actually started NOT posting anything negative. I suppose it grew organically because I’m thinking more positively again. Very cool!
  • Doing something differently. I had begun to create this habit, but I fell off the wagon when I got sick. Going back  to my exercise/food/joy/etc journal will get me back on track.
  • DOING Continuing to read a daily positive affirmation.
  • Thinking of something great about me. Fell off the wagon. Going back to writing in my exercise/food/joy/etc journal, will get me back on track.
  • Finish my office. I have a beach theme in my office and I want to finish it this year because it brings me great joy to sit and look at my special shells!

I’m beginning to feel more like myself again. I think part of the change is simply deciding that it’s not OK to continue feeling stressed and down. It’s a spiral I have turned around before, so I was sure I could do it again. I’m getting there–despite the fact that my anxiety meds have been decreasing since December. It’s too early to tell whether I’ll be able to go off meds entirely (meaning I won’t be on a single med of any sort, which has always been my ultimate goal), but so far it’s looking good.

I think writing down goals and trying to achieve them gives me control. I chose to do something positive and concrete, instead of batting at the nebulous, negativity that’s been around me in the recent past. And, writing goals makes me more mindful, makes me accountable for my thoughts and actions. Finally, simply putting it out there that I’m open to change, lets the universe know I want to change–even if I’m not always sure how to go about it.

I am accomplishing something here–even if I’m still not sure what it is!



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