Thursday, January 03, 2019
Here it is; 2018 was a good year for me.
I struggled with balancing things in my life, although I thrived in my goal to get healthier! I played a lot in 2018 and that reminded me of the importance of play. I learned some great lessons in 2018. I still have a lot of work to do with some new challenges ahead, but I know now that I am capable of meeting these new challenges.
I started a fitness program in January 2018; it was a kickboxing/general exercise program with a Keto diet plan. I was terrible at following the Keto diet plan, but my nutrition improved a lot because I went back to what works for me (lean meats, lots of veggies, few processed carbs). I wasn’t perfect at any of this last year, but I was fairly consistent. My diet can still use a lot of improvement. I was exercising so often at such intense levels that I could be less than perfect with the food and still lose fat/gain muscle.
This was a tough fitness program and I struggled a lot last year. I learned to take those small steps and stop comparing myself to others. I learned that when I supported someone else as they struggled with the exercise it kept me in touch with my own ability to keep working. Our trainer always said, “It doesn’t get easier, you get stronger.” He proved it to us every week!
I met some wonderful people who embraced the positive lessons our trainer gave us each week. I usually went to exercise class 4 times a week (sometimes 5, occasionally 6). I was sick and missed a week, I was with family and missed a week; I had some other commitments and missed 2 weeks; but not once did I think of quitting. I exercised on my own when I couldn’t get to class and I made sure to get back to class as soon as possible.
I lost weight, I got stronger (physically and emotionally), I became more engaged in my life (instead of going through the motions), I reconnected with some extended family, and I identified some new interests. It was a tough year. There were many struggles to get healthier, but it was a transformative year for me.
In December, the studio owner decided suddenly to stop the fitness program I was taking. The trainer quit and found another job. I was devastated at the time and I grieved the loss of a special program that was unlike anything I’ve ever experienced.
Now I cherish the experience and I’m on to the next adventure. I want to keep playing and working hard. I just have to find my new fitness routine. I know that the accountability to my friends from class was part of what kept me going, so I’ll continue to use that this year. I want to expand on some of the lessons from last year while incorporating some new lessons this year.
As I’ve been going through some notes about 2018 I found a quote I intended to use for a blog in April (I never did write the blog, but the quote is a good reminder for me):
“Good health is yours for the choosing. You have to want it.”
--Joseph C. Piscatella
I choose good health in 2019 and I know it will take work. I want it!