New Year, Same Old Me

Well hello there 2016, you were in a hurry to arrive, weren’t you? As much as we wonder at the passing of time, it’s nice to have an official Fresh Start. Of course, a Fresh Start can happen at any time, but a new year feels like a good time to kick bad habits, start new ones, or even just reassess our priorities in life.

We head into the year with as much certainty as last year (which isn’t a lot!) regarding our short term future (long term future being as certain and sure as ever – thanks Jesus πŸ™‚ ), but there’s no point dwelling on or worrying about that. Days, weeks and months will continue to roll by, may as well do something useful in them rather than contemplate life’s uncertainties!

I’ve never really been one for resolutions…well, not ones that I’d shout about and then have to be accountable for πŸ˜‰ did I make any last year? [Checks blog history] Not any that IΒ shared on here, so clearly nothing noteworthy. This year, however, I would like to state some…goals? Aims? Plans? Well, some Things that I’d like to do this year. Not some much Things as a Thing. Only one thing, and it’s painfully cliched for this time of year, but hey ho.

You can certainly tell that it’s New Year – the runners are out in full force, the swimming pool is busy, and Aldi has a whole fitness section in their ‘random baskets of stuff that you don’t need but end up buying anyway’. My Thing for the year is part of this – a new exercise/health/fitness routine (I’m tempted to put regime – it certainly reads like a regime!).

I’d been contemplating this particular regime for a few weeks, but didn’t see the point of starting right before Christmas. It also costs money, so I wanted to be at least fairly sure I’d give it a go before purchasing it. Which I have now done. We’re 5 days in, and I’m kicking myself for not keeping up my physio exercises (leg workouts risk making it worse) and I can’t do a sit up. Literally not even one. Sad times.

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On a more positive note, swimming is my new favourite thing. I swam for 35 minutes pretty much non-stop, more than I’ve ever managed in my lifetime. For years, IΒ hated swimming, mostly due to all the ‘maintenance’ involved before I felt comfortable to step out in a swimsuit, but also because it just exhausted me. Now, it’ll hopefully be a weekly trip more me and my hubby (he particularly enjoys the sauna at our local pool :)).

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Post-swimming curls

The overall goal of the whole fitness thing is just to be fit and strong. I want to do the best I can for my body – I’ve coasted on a high metabolism and a good level of fitness for too long. Watch this space πŸ˜‰

Outside of getting a bit fitter and eating less chocolate, I’ve not really made any other goals. Sure, I’d love to knit and crochet more than last year (only 5 completed projects in the whole 12 months…), maybe start some embroidery, read more,Β beΒ a better friend/wife/person, buy a house, eat more kale…

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The thing is, I don’t want life to become one long to do list. Striving for this, then that, then the other, all in an effort to complete The List and suddenly, that will make me an Awesome Person. It’s great to have goals and go for them, butΒ I don’t want them to become my benchmark for feeling good about myself.

On the other hand, a few concrete things to aim for might not be a bad thing (see my vague fitness goals last year – let’s just say that journey was pretty much over before it began!). After my first week back at work, however, I’m not feeling all that articulate in the realm of thinking beyond bedtime tonight, so let’s leave the goal-setting for another day.

[I feel like this post was maybe going somewhere life-changing, then it came back to earth with a bump. Soz guys…aim for this year – use less abbreviations!]

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