About this time last year, I proclaimed my goal of "Health" for 2010.
While there have been some disappointments – I didn't lose as much weight as I wanted to, I had setbacks due to shin splints, I battled pneumonia for six weeks this summer and lost a lot of ground – I can still happily say that I made progress overall, and significant progress at that…so let's focus on the good things, shall we?
GOOD THING #1:
I am truly committed.
In January, I joined a gym – the single best decision of my year. According to my membership records, I visited 117 times this year. Considering I did nothing during the month and a half I was sick this summer, did a fair share of my spring/fall workouts outside when the weather was nice, and have also been working out at a separate yoga studio, I think this is a real victory. Gym workouts alone count for 1 in every 3 days of this year. Money well spent? Definitely.
GOOD THING #2:
I've pushed myself out of my comfort zone, and in more than one way.
This time last year, I got up the nerve to walk into a hot yoga class. Thank God I did – I am addicted and it has become one of my favorite workouts – excellent for strength, meditation, and flexibility. I signed up for my first 5k – scary! But it was just the goal I needed to push myself to keep running. I didn't run the race time I had hoped for – but that is what will propel me to work even harder before the next race in 2011. I got into the lap pool. As a way to offset my aching shin, I tried swimming for the first time since my sixth grade swim team experience. After about four laps, I thought I might puke I felt so out of shape and I was convinced my arms were going to fall off. But I kept at it, motivated by the fact that it was so damn hard, and now a typical swim workout (every Monday night!) consists of a solid half hour of non-stop laps.
GOOD THING #3:
I'm seeing some results.
Maybe it's not the drastic results I was initially expecting, but when I go to my annual physical next week, it will be nice to see that the numbers will have improved over last year. My weight is down, and all numbers effected by this should be better as well. I may not be down a full size as I had hoped to be, but the clothes that were tight before are definitely fitting better.
GOOD THING #4:
I feel hella better.
I used to experience an almost-daily crash around 3pm. The LAST thing I wanted to do was drag my butt to a gym rather than drive straight home after work. I won't say there isn't an ocassional day like that still, but they are far less frequent. I feel stronger, and more in control, both mentally and physically. I like knowing that if we're traveling, or going out to eat, I can still make the health thing work by squeezing in a workout and having the willpower to avoid the fried section of the menu. When I'm in the middle of a workout, I can literally feel the spike in energy level as opposed to this time last year.
All in all, a well-met goal, and one to keep working at in the coming year. As always, no set numbers – no particular weight, race time, or number of gym visits – just continue to work towards a healthy lifestyle. For me, the specifics of this will be continuing to attack the food side of things (sugar is the weakness), and incorporating some kind of activity during the nine-hour workday (currently much too sedentary). Here's to even better health in 2011…stay tuned, 2011 Goals: Part 2 ("Home") is up next!