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A New Years Resolution early adopter

December 20, 2012
calendar showing Jan 1st

I’m now fully poised for Jan 1 having made some resolutions

Due to my stunning ability to procrastinate I’ve elected to start planning my New Years resolutions now.  Although personally I think I may have left it a bit late as I do like to stew on these things a little.

Normally, I go for pretty bog standard (read wishy-washy) goals like ‘lose some weight’, or ‘do more exercise’.  These get stiffly ignored, or at best only half completed with a complete relapse by February. The problem was that I was missing 2 key ingredients for success, motivation and SPECIFIC goals. This year I’m going to remedy that.  I now have motivation in bucket loads – thank you couch25k.  But where should I point this pent up determination?

My cunning plan is to set some small, but escalating goals so I can see that I am actually making progress.  The draft list thus far looks like this:

  • Start weight training programme by end Jan – need to tone up some wobbly bits for photoshoot
  • As part of above, go to local (read: just across the road) Body Pump class
  • Complete couch to 5k
  • Do a 5k parkrun
  • Improve on parkrun time
  • Start NHS 5k+ programme
  • Try at least one new outdoor activity
  • Find (semi) educational night course or similar and enrol for Easter term
  • Declutter spare bedroom (must be able to see floor)
  • Get a cleaner!
  • Finish tidying garden – by end Feb
  • Arrange to see at least 1 old friend a month socially

A bit of a mixed bag, but all should contribute to mental and physical wellbeing (especially getting a cleaner).  I can think of worse ways to start the year and with any luck this lot wont have been abandoned by Feb :-). Any ideas or suggestions on the unusual outdoor activity or educational course most welcome, but remember this is deepest darkest wilds of Somerset.

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