So hello 2017, goodbye 2016.
I’ve been thinking of my resolutions for 2017 – or as I’d rather call them ‘Promises’. There’s something about the word ‘Resolution’ that is so ‘Resolute’ to me. A quick dictionary search comes up with, Resolution: a firm decision to do or not to do something. It just seems too black or white, all or nothing, which in the past seems to set me up to fail.
I am promising instead to work on a five areas of my life. These promises will see my achieve my goals for 2017.
The two areas I want to mention here are Fitness and Personal.
On the Fitness side there are 2 parts – Yoga; I’d like to attend and practise yoga weekly. At the end of 2016 I was attending a Friday class at work during lunchtime. After just a few times I felt the benefits. The meditation at the end of the class left me feeling clear-minded and more positive.
I also want to re-establish my weekly exercise routine. To feel strong I know I need to be exercising 4 or 5 times a week. Spin (as you know!) was my saviour in 2016. Discovering Prospin changed things for me. My love of music and getting a workout in a relatively short time made this a winning combo.
So this year I am going back to classes. I’m going to aim for 2 sessions a week there, probably at the start of the week. They are also putting on ‘Powerflow’ classes, which are a mix of pilates/ yoga, so they might help with my yoga fix and strength. Part of my routine will be weight training. I am going to use the gym at work during lunchtimes to create a 30 to 40 minute routine that builds up my strength.
So what’s the aim of all this? Is there a goal… well of course there is! I’m 39 in October… eek! The kids are 3 and 6; the baby years are disappearing, and nappies, bottles and sleepless nights are going. I want to feel stronger, leaner and I want to fit back into my wedding dress. It’s not that I want to remarry… I just want to do it up!
I tried it on at the weekend, just what you need on New Years Day. The gaping expanse at the back where it won’t squeeze together gave me motivation. So there we have it. In 8 years, two children, we have a 6 inch gap where it won’t do up. I don’t want to feel physically how I did then. I was slimmer, but not stronger or leaner. I watched every morsel I ate, counted every point and calorie until I saw magic numbers on the scales.
This time I don’t want that. I don’t want to feel happy or sad because I’ve lost a pound this week. I want to make wiser, more mindful choices with food and exercise because I want to feel better inside out. Stronger, fitter, leaner.
As it’s January, the wine will stay in the cupboard, it will give me a kick start and help with the motivation for training (which let’s face it wanes after a few drinks the night before).
Oh and another promise I am making for 2017 is to set the time aside to weekly blog. You’ll keep me motivated!