But seriously folks, I am trying to improve every day, and jokes about there being so much to improve aside, I find that my goals for improvement are usually mental instead of physical. Diet and exercise are definitely on the horizon, but I know that the cause of so much of my "comfort-eating" and lackluster physical condition have to do with stress.
As usual, it's all back on me. I guess that's why they call it self improvement.
Right now, I don't have any kind of well-laid plan or anything, but lately it seems that everything I read points me in the general direction of trying to stay in the present rather than letting my mind leap ahead to the unknown future or get lost in nostalgic memory of the past. I like this article about Alan Watts and his ideas about reducing anxiety that recently showed up on Brain Pickings. His thought was that people ruin their lives by wishing for a certain future, which is a futile hope. The more we stress about what is going to happen, the less we can enjoy what is happening right now. The same goes for wishing ourselves back to some time in our lives that seems better than the present. While I don't consider myself an anxious person, per se, I know that some of my stress is about what will happen tomorrow or next month or if we can't pay our bills or if this or if that. So Watts' ideas about living in the moment today, really being present as life happens, makes sense to me. This is a first step in a continuing process, which I will be documenting periodically in the blog. If I'm going to improve myself, I'm going to drag all of you with me!
Self-improvement image from here. Stress image from here-- this page has a lot of good stuff on it.