I do not set resolutions at the beginning of the year. A resolution is not specific. Each year millions of people start Jan 1st with:
I am going to eat less
I am going to exercise more
I am going to stop smoking
and the list goes on. A non-specific wish guide.
The word resolution is a noun and it means to firmly make a decision not to do a specific thing anymore. You might firmly decide to stop all the above mention, but lets be honest with ourselves. How many times have your resolutions actually succeeded? Mine never made it to January 3rd.
I set Goals.
According to Google (my best friend) a goal is the object of a person’s ambition or effort; an aim or desired result.
I have many successes after I started setting goals for myself. I always keep my goals, measurable, specific, realistic and controllable. Yes, I know not everything can always be controlled, but to the best I can control it. I always set goals for the first 6 months of the year. At the end of June I check where I succeeded and where not. The goals not completed get an extension of 6 months BUT I set myself new goals to review in December.
There is nothing greater than getting to the end of the year and seeing what you have accomplished. It is the best feeling in the world.
It is now January 30th and I need to get focused. This is another reason for goals. I have a time frame. I know by when I want to reach these goals. The longer I take to start the faster and more strict I need to be and who wants that kind of pressure. Not me.
This has been a struggle for the last 3 years. Let me tell you the back ground. I was diagnosed with Depression start of 2016. I was prescribed medication and on my way I went for a 2 year journey of struggling through everything.
Fast forward 3 years, I have picked up 20kg. I have done everything right. At one point I went to the gym twice a day and ate so little. I just could not get rid of the weight.
I told my doctor that I am doing so well the only thing that gets to me is my weight. He then tells me that the medication I am using makes some people pick up weight. Wait! What?! Damn, I knew it was not my fault. This revelation still does not help the fact that I do not fit into my clothes anymore.
So, in February we are changing my medication and I am on my way to crush the first 5. Rome was not built in a day.
UPDATE: I did not loose 5kg in 6 months as I hoped. In fact I picked up weight-again. I am thinking this is just muscle weight as I lost a lot of cm’s. But, who knows what one’s body is doing-right.
I am miserable to say the least.
However, I have been taken off my medication in February just after I posted this and I got a personal trainer at gym. I lost 15cm over all in 6 weeks, which made me extremely happy.
On the other hand it has been a difficult road. My shins started acting up to the point where I can no longer run or walk long for km’s on end. It has gotten so bad that after 10 minutes I just want to cry. Together with my personal trainer we are looking at alternatives as the weight training is a strong game but I need more cardio to loose the kg’s.
In other word, goal extended. I am hoping by November I could at least get rid of the 5kg I set out to loose. I am going to work so much harder. Note to self-I need to invest in a foam roller.
I am not a fast reader. I actually used to be, but life got busy and I neglected my love for reading. Although I still adore books.
This year I decided that I will get back into it one book at a time. Two months is more than enough to finish a book. I work 8 hours daily so you see where I am getting the 2 months from.
We also finished our bookshelf. Our books look so pretty in it’s new home!
These are some of my to-read’s.
UPDATE: The to-read-pile is more than 3 times it was at the beginning of the year. I made it to 2 books. I know, disgusting. I used to read so much.
I am giving an extension on this, but not only just 3 for the second half of the year. No, I want to read 3+1. So make that 4 books by end December.
I got this.
Now, for my fellow humans who do not know what Hba1C means, please go read this link from Diabetes UK (link not affiliated). It is a fantastic explanation in simple terms.
My Hba1C has been 7.4% but I know I can get it lower. It is going to take hard work but 6 months is way more than enough time.
UPDATE: Not there yet-this is hard work in progress. There are so many things that has an influence on this. I am not going to start on the list because it is to infinity and beyond.
And that is that.
Now before you panic or freak out (I did when I first saw the.insulin.type eat so little). When I say carb-free, I refer to anything that raises blood sugar and which are bad for you. For example pasta, bread, potatoes,cookies, cake, crisp you get the idea. The idea is to have good carbs and more protein. Eat yourself stuffed on it and add fruit and vegetables. No, I am not doing Keto, but you are going to see me trying some recipes.
I think this is going to be my toughest challenge. Sho, I love chocolate and carbs.
UPDATE: So far I have actually managed to keep my carb intake low, but what does it help being good in the week and setting yourself a step back over weekends. The answer, not one bit.
I am not in my set ratio yet and this is proving to much more difficult than what I expected. However, I have joined the.insulin.type and her friend on the quest to get the carbs to a minimum. So, I have not left it and just said F**** it.
I can do this.
I would like to be at the gym at least 4 times a week. Anything more is a bonus of course. I have been doing this for quite some time, but I need to be more strict. When life get’s in the way I need to put my foot down and go!
UPDATE: I can say that most weeks I actually reach my 4 times a week goal, but you know when you start something new the sick bug crawls up to you and wham! you are in bed.
Happened to me. Just after I organised my personal trainer I fell sick with sinus infection and was out for a week. I was so mad. I questioned if I did someone or something wrong for this torture. Ugh, but I bounced back and I try to get to gym 4 times a week.
I also started keeping myself accountable by creating a calendar, inspiration from @typelovely on Instagram and that has really helped a lot.
I can however, do better. As I mentioned earlier, the shins is not helping this game. I started an app Couch-to-5km and it went not so well the first time because of my shins *everybody whispers and repeats the shins, her shins* and went from bad to worse.
I decided to apply the app to biking now. Just as good. I need the cardio.
There is still another 6 months to make this awesome.
My previous knitting project took me a year! This one is almost there. It is ridiculous.
Actually the scarf is almost done. I just need to end it off and stitch it together. Let’s hope this gets done asap!
Luckily they do not look like this anymore!
UPDATE: I did it! I finished the damn scarf.
I think the worst part of this was the boring pattern. It is not like knitting a jersey or a head band or beanie that has different stitches in it and it went on forever. Each part had to be 1.8m long. Also, the wool kept turning in on itself or curling for lack of a better explanation. Also, I am not very tall so wrapping this around my neck just is not working.
But, I completed the goal and that makes happy. In the meantime I have been knitting a lot of small projects which will be displayed later.
This is a sad case. I forgot everything! I went and sat down at the piano and I could not remember 1 piece. Nothing. I is like it has been wiped. My heart broke. I have not touched the piano again since then and that was last year November.
I need to start playing again. It is my love, my stress reliever.
Therefor, goal. Twice a week. Get on it!
UPDATE: I really do not want to talk about it, but for the sake of an update lets just say this is the most frustrated I have felt with playing in a very long time.
I might as well just go back to grade 1 on this.
Needless to say I am not extending this neither trying again. I just can not. It does not bring me happiness and I need to find my zen with this one again.
In 6 months time, we will see what, where and how!
Do you have set goals for the year? Share them with me! I would like to know that I am not alone and that you have your eye set on something.