I am Woman, Hear Me Pant

I don't know about you, but I am in a constant state of self-improvement.  It's not that I'm unhappy with myself, but that I feel I can always be better.

My current improvements are centered around exercise, cooking, knitting, reading, my spiritual life  and my future.

Actually, reviewing the list I just typed, I  realize none of these are new,  I'm always trying to improve myself in these arenas.  Well, darn, if that isn't a discouraging revelation.  You'd think I would have nailed at least one of these by now.
  • Exercising?  This has been a part of my life since my 20's.  I've tried all kinds of exercise for various amounts of time.  I think I get bored.  Currently, the 30-Day Shred is my exercise challenge.  That's where the panting comes in.  I did day 11 today, the first day of Level 2.  Can I share that I really suck when it comes to cardio exercises?  I love strength training and am determined to nail those abdominal workouts because of that horrible middle-aged belly fat, but cardio?  I think I'm going to have a heart attack.
  • Cooking?  I got bored making the same old dinners back in January and have been going through the recipe box trying new, enticing meals.  It's a lot of work.
  • Knitting?  I love it, I've been doing it for six years, I'm still slow.  On the needles currently is a cabled men's winter hat, a prayer square, a purse, a pair of socks and a shawl.  Projects demanding to be started include a second cabled hat, another prayer square, an afghan, a tote bag, a baby blanket and a summer sweater.  Maybe I need to give up on the cooking thing so I can pick up speed in the knitting thing.

Enough of this.  I'll pick up on the other three topics next Monday.

Is there anyone else out there who can't leave well enough alone and keeps trying to remodel themselves?  Share your story so that I'll know I'm not alone.


  1. "Can I share that I really suck when it comes to cardio exercises?" I love it! It should get easier/more enjoyable the more you do it...at least that's what I tell myself!

    1. Well, I think that's a lie. But if it comforts you, just keep believing.

    2. Elizabeth, the cardio that Jillian picks for 30 Day Shred are brutal. It is not you!!
      But... when you DO find the cardio that you like --- cycling, maybe? it DOES get easier!!!

  2. I think you have to do it until you have an endorphin release before it becomes enjoyable. But, I can't figure out why I never get that far. :)

  3. Hi! Sanna here from Woman Scribbles blog. Thank you for your comment on my blog. Just like you, I always love shaking things up and re inventing myself because I believe we can be so much more than what we are. Its not perfect though. There are times of low energy and inspiration but setting goals has always kept me moving on. Im also looking forward to what you will work on in your life. Thanks!

  4. I agree--I feel that a striving for self improvement helps define vision for my life. The running phrase in my mind has always been "If other people can do it, why Not me?" Too big for a jockey, too blind for a fighter pilot...but so many other things to try and do!