I like this. Good luck with your recommitment! I too abuse the parenthetical. Geez, I can just relate on so many levels!I am not going to make excuses for my choices, but not beat myself up for them either. Eating cake or skipping a work out does not constitute a moral failing. I will simply except that sometimes I chose poorly and move on to the next choice.
Anyhow... (I also overuse ellipses. It happens) I shall check in on you occasionally, and offer unsolicited and unqualified advice. Feel free to disregard.