Happy Independence Day!
I know that I was a horrible Spring Fever Challenge participant; but, I’m going to go ahead and try again. I think my biggest problem last time around was that I was way too ambitious. So my goals are modified this time around to be a bit more doable.
1. What are your goals for the 10 week challenge?
1. Lose 10 pounds. At a rate of 1lb per week I should be able to make this goal and get back to my normal adult weight.
2. Try 5 new recipes. I’m aiming for one every two weeks now to give myself plenty of time. It’s also my goal to share these recipes this time around.
3. Compile a list of 70 things that I like about myself. It’s pretty much 1-a-day, but a little bit more flexible.
4. Read 20 books. It may seem like a lot, but I’m a fast reader so this should be very doable.
5. Play my guitar, violin, or piano at least 3x a week.
2. Why did you pick those goals? What makes them important right now?
I picked these goals in part because I think they’re achievable in the allotted time frame of the challenge. And also because they’re representative of directions that I want my life to go. I’m working on getting healthier – losing 10 lbs is my marker for that. My list of 70 things is part of my task of refinding my self-confidence. I love to read but seldom make time for it. Same with the music. I’m making this challenge about finding the best me and reminding myself of how awesome I actually am.
3. What’s your biggest
excuse reason for not doing something and how are you going to stop it getting in the way?
I tend to be a legalist – if I set something, I’m going to follow it…at least until I realize I’m being crazy about it and then I go off the deep end the other way trying to prove that I’m not legalistic about things. So, my drive to not mess up somehow perks up my rebel tendencies and I end up in an internal tug-of-war that causes me to throw my hands up in exasperation, stick my hands over my ears and shout that I can’t hear myself. I’m seeing now if more concrete goals will help me – the things I have picked have plenty of flexibility to allow me to mess up and still accomplish my goals.
4. Are you a planner or do you go with the flow?
Yes. I am more than capable of going with the flow and doing things on a whim, but if you ask me to do it then I’ll plan everything out to a tee.
5. Fun thing Tell us something that will help us get to know you.
I thought about this with the Spring Fever challenge, where I told about my whirlwind relationship with my husband. I realized after that I’d have been better off explaining my blog handle – the Texan Countess. First, let me dispel rumors, I am not actually a Countess. There are no actual countesses in Texas, though there are plenty of Jr Miss ______ County’s running around. My maiden name is the name of a county in South Texas. When I went to graduate school, I lived about 30 minutes from that county. As a result some of my guy friends (who were huge nickname nerds) started calling me “County.” I was more than willing to go with the flow of that, until a girlfriend overheard them calling me thus in a bar one night, and mused that it made me sound like a stripper or hooker. Since I am neither stripper or hooker, I told the guys that it was probably inappropriate to keep calling me that. They immediately (as in that very night) started calling me the Countess – because that kept the county part but took into consideration my bossiness. It stuck with me all through my years at Rice. And, since I started this blog while living there, it only seemed fitting.
So there you have it, I am neither a Countess nor a stripper, nor a hooker. Just a girl who’s last name used to reflect a little county in a big state.