Back on October 30 I made two resolutions: to complete a draft of Do Something Wonderful by mid-November and to lose a pound a week until I sculpted off 30 pounds. Well, I haven't done so well on the first one. I ran into a mental roadblock at the beginning of November, and it took a while to work it through. Now I have. I've settled on a more personal, memoir-like approach to the biography of my father, and I've pretty much decided how to handle my parents' divorce in a book for children. Still, other events have intervened, and I'm only about two-thirds of the way through the draft. Nevertheless, we've created a partial ARC for the Taiwan Book Fair. It includes chapters 1-3 and 8-10 in English and Mandarin, and I think it provides a good flavor of the book.
As far as my weight-loss resolution, I am being remarkably successful. I've lost 15 pounds at a rate more like one and a half pounds per week, and I've done it without becoming crazily obsessive. I'm consciously eating more fruits and vegetables and smaller servings. By going to Costa Rica we managed to duck most of the traditional holiday excess. And since two stress tests and a cardiac catheterization (yes, my doctors were concerned about a possible old silent heart attack) gave me a clean bill of health, I've been really pushing up the exercise, too. I feel better than I have in at least a couple of years, even with all the blisters and bruises from our Costa Rican adventures.
So, I resolve to keep it up on the steady weight loss, and to finish the biography draft by the end of January. Both of these, I think, are realistic.