Happy new year! I’m still in shock that it’s already 2010 – we survived the dreaded Y2K, numerous terrorist attacks and natural disasters. I survived a decade filled with
- Moving from Brisbane to Melbourne in 2000
- Starting university
- Falling into and climbing out of a depression
- Finishing university and realising that my degree prepared me in no way for the world
- Studying some more
- Starting a career after many jobs (and no more retail anymore – yay!)
- Travelling and making firm friends
- Moving across the world from Melbourne to Toronto
- Meeting the love of my life and getting engaged
- Moving to New Zealand (well, I technically haven’t really survived that yet)
I don’t know about you but this has been an eventful decade and definitely an eventful year for me. In amongst all that stuff above, I also went from the least fit person in my group of friends – the one who avoided activities and promised to join a gym everytime we went hiking or walking or ANYTHING – to someone who craves exercise and activity in some way. Sure, I love my days like today – lazy sleep-ins and afternoon naps after lunch with the family – but most days I need something. I love being fitter and healthier. I love knowing that I have control over my food and my life because I’m armed with knowledge. If I choose to eat a chocolate (or two), I’ve consciously made the decision. When I have a bout of laziness and bad eating, I can figure out the reasons behind it and change my behaviour. I’m no longer stuck in a rut, in denial (which, by the way, is not only a river in Egypt, although one day I’d love to see that version) but at the same time, I have no real excuses. I know what needs to happen and I can do it so I should.
I’m avoiding resolutions because, well, they usually fail. But my goals for the year are specific, motivational, achievable, realistic and trackable, fitting into the SMART goal setting system:
- I want to complete a month of a training schedule of 5 hrs a week. It’s brutal but it’s only a month and I can do it.
- I want to complete the C25K training program by the middle of the year.
- I want to run a 5K race by the end of the year
- I want to EITHER lose 6 lbs and maintain it OR maintain my current weight in light of wedding planning and whatnot. I’m not trying to kill myself here – this year will be tough with 2 family weddings, including my own which requires planning and travelling etc.
- I want to cook at least one new dish a month and add it into the repetoire.
That’s it for the health plans – I think they’re pretty realistic. I have career and life plans but we’ll see if I post about those later.
I hope everyone had a great NYE, whatever you chose to do. Do you have any goals for the year? Care to share?