At the beginning of January, I made a list of things I wanted to achieve, to avoid the January-blues that short, cold, wet days can bring. I’m pleased to say that I’ve achieved a lot of them and 2014 is proving to be one of those years where lots of things fall into place and allow change to happen. This week has been such a busy but fulfilling one and even in some ways a disappointing one (particularly around work). It has been one of those weeks where I was able to get almost all of the things done that I had hoped to achieve, and then some. I promised I’d say ‘yes’ to a lot more, and I am keeping that promise.
So far I have/am:
- Given up sugar. This is one of the most difficult things to do, as someone who loved her odd sweet treat at the end of meals, but I know that with my metabolic issues, it will be for the good. I allow myself small amounts of sugar at weekends, but still very little.
- Joined a gym. Just going into one was nerve-racking, but once inside, I felt immediately comfy and less self-conscious.
- Started swimming again. I haven’t been swimming in over 5 years but on Tuesday evening, Mr VP and I went together. I managed 40 lengths (over half a mile) in under an hour. I was beyond proud of myself.
- Sticking like glue to the life-long diet plan that my metabolic problems require me to adhere to. A lot of things have had to click into place to allow a whole change in mindset regarding what, how and when I eat. It’s not fun per se, but it will be very beneficial for me.
- Begun the arduous task of looking for work. In this ‘current economic climate’, it is nigh-on impossible to find any kind of work, let alone the kind of work I actually want and am suited for. Argh. But I’m trying, so a Gold Star for effort.
I got up at 7am this morning, threw on some clothes in the dark (full of style I was not!), jumped into the car (braving the drizzle and the cold) and went swimming. I managed a respectable 30 lengths in 40 minutes. Making a commitment to doing this a couple of days a week has revolutionised the way I think about myself and my body and I hope that I will begin to notice the fruits of my labours soon. I know that I’m currently in the feeling-utterly-exhausted-by-it phase, but I also know that there will come a time when I get back to my mile-in-under-an-hour and feel great afterwards. Right now I’m just pleased that I am able to resist the temptingly-placed chocolate bar machine right outside the changing rooms. Progress, right?