Looking back on the past few years, I think it’s fair to say that fitness has become a significant part of my life, something which has been reflected in my New Year’s Resolutions each year. 2015 was the year I finally motivated myself to start a fitness programme that lasted for longer than one month. 2016 was the year I sorted out my diet and ditched the nightly sweet binges. 2017 was the year when I found greater balance with my diet and fitness routine, regularly skipping arm workouts for more enjoyable spinning classes. So when I sat down to think about my health and fitness goals for 2018, I felt slightly lost. I am already enjoying my workouts, I feel fit and I think my diet is relatively healthy. I do have goals: I want to get stronger, continue to get fitter and try new styles of exercise. Yet none of these goals feel worthy of a New Year’s Resolution. They are the same goals that I set myself on a monthly basis. They are the same goals that have motivated for the past three years. At one point they were worthy of a New Year’s Resolution because they represented a significant change in lifestyle but now, I need something new to strive towards. So in 2018 I’ve set myself some non-fitness goals to work towards.
Eat more sustainably
I initially planned to call this resolution ‘Go Vegan’ but in reality, this resolution is so much wider than that. In previous years my diet has had a negative impact on the environment, plain and simple. This is the year that I want that to change. When I initially started to eat more healthily, I relied on animal products as a protein source and ate a tin of tuna for lunch everyday. I didn’t question eating asparagus in January or courgettes in November. I used the excuse that I was a student on a tight budget and being environmentally friendly would be too expensive. The irony is that I would have saved money had environmental issues shaped my eating. This January, Callum and I will be joining the Veganuary challenge. I will make a conscious effort to buy food that comes with little packaging and I’ll be swapping my disposable coffee cup for the reusable one that I got for Christmas. These are just a few of the plans I have and I cannot wait to let you know how I get on.
Be more present
During a recent weekend in London, I went to a Psycle class and grabbed a coffee afterwards. Callum was away for the weekend, all of my Christmas shopping was already done and I had no plans to meet anyone. I sat with my coffee and realised that I was incredibly happy to be sat alone with no distractions from my phone or from the knowledge that I had somewhere else to be. I am terrible for making myself incredibly busy at the weekends. I book multiple fitness classes located in inconvenient locations across London, followed by a brunch 30 minutes after the class has ended, a coffee shortly after that and then a trip to see family. As much fun as this is, it unfortunately means that no one really gets my full attention. I’m never completely present when I spend time with people because the second I arrive to meet someone, I am trying to figure out how I can make it to the next spot on time. So in order to keep up this resolution, I am going to turn my phone off more and make fewer plans at the weekend.
Be a better friend
When life gets busy, it is so easy to let weeks past by without catching up with your friends. I am lucky to have some amazing people who I can call friends, but I don’t speak to any of them nearly as much as I should. With social media, it’s easy to feel as though you’re up to date with people’s lives even when you haven’t spoken to them. Sending texts throughout the week is an ok way to keep in contact, but a phone-call is much better so picking up the phone is something I plan on doing much more of in 2018.
What are your New Year’s Resolutions this year? I would love to hear about yours too!