I began to feel unwell on Christmas Eve night, ran the terrible 5Km on Christmas Day and then have basically been near enough bed bound since getting into bed on the evening of 25th.
I was technically working between Christmas and New Year, but thankfully working from home and with just a few administrative items for completion. I couldn’t leave the house, could barely eat and needed regular naps. I haven’t felt this unwell the whole of 2017. On the plus side I think I’ve actually lost a bit of weight over Christmas.
For the NYE weekend Giles and I were due to head to the Isle of Wight for a relaxing weekend with our Dads, stepmoms and my step-sisters so I was glad that on 29th I was able to leave the house for the first time since Christmas Day, and felt well enough to stick with our weekend plans.
Today is the 1st, New Years Day 2018, and I’ve not been able to workout, run, yoga or anything this last week. Any plans I had for completing a certain number of yoga classes or winning medals was done for, and it’s been a great lesson for me.
This year I’ve struggled with being consistent with my running and yoga. My intentions for the year were designed to try and give my training and practice more regularity and in comparison with last year I have been running more and doing more yoga, but it has been far from consistent, the running in particular.
I have completed 2017 with 167 yoga practices done, which is one class every 2.19 days, and with the sun salutation sessions included I’ve done 174 which is one every 2.10.
I was able to award myself medal 20 for my Christmas Day run, which also completed the 25Km in December virtual race so I got medal 21 for that and the ‘I smashed 2017’ medal which Steve and I were going to award ourselves for just smashing the years plan, so that’s now 22 medals for 2017, just shy of the 24 I thought I would end on, but 10 more than planned!
The recent lesson is that this ongoing avoidance and procrastination means that I always end up with too much to do too close to the deadline. If I just made the effort to get off my arse and do the training, or the yoga I wouldn’t have so much to squeeze in at the end of the month, or year in this case. Getting sick has meant I couldn’t achieve my goals and this is reflected in other aspects of my life. I need to have more of a ‘go get ‘em’ attitude.
So for me 2018 is going to be the year of now, just do it, the early bird catches the worm. I want to keep my procrastination at bay so I can achieve my goals.
So what are my goals?
Well generally to run more, yoga consistently and take more time to be more creative. Similar to last year really, but this year I want to make my goals SMART, which is Specific, Measureable, Achieveable, Realistic and Timebound.
I’m going to spend a little time making sure I have my intentions for 2018 clear before I share them here, but these are a few ideas I have:
- Run Every Day January (not running this year, but some exercise every day and the aim of beating last years running total for the month)
- Run one half marathon every quarter in the 4 countries of the UK and Ireland.
- Run 3 days a week, every week
- 4 yoga classes a week minimum
- Weight training
- Dry January
Tomorrow I’m going to make these objectives SMART, so I know how I am going to achieve them.
Today’s been our last day on the Island and we went for a very blustery walk on the downs with the dogs. I’m still unwell so a walk is all I could manage, but I really hope tomorrow I might be able to do a gentle yoga class.
I really am sick of being sick.