I remember New Year’s Eve in 2019 I was especially excited because 2020 was the year I turned 29. My golden year..29 on the 29th. I felt like it was going to be somehow lucky and tides would shift and things would finally go in the right direction. Boy oh boy was I wrong.
2020 had other ideas and none of them were particular golden..I think we can all agree we are glad that it is finally over with. Unfortunately as 2021 as already demonstrated quite horribly, the calendar turning its page to 2021 isn’ going to be the quick fix we all secretly desired. However,I am not ready to give up hope yet for some positive vibes on the horizon.
As I reflect on 2020, and start to think about my goals for the new year, it is easy to focus on the negative. I mean it’s hard to ignore the obvious. Covid was a giant black cloud that hovered over us the entire year cancelling weddings, vacations, school, parties, bars, concerts, gyms, and every other normal social activities we were not prepared to halt completely. Everyone has something they missed out on, but those arbitrary things are nothing compared to the people who died, people who lost family members and loved ones, frontline workers, nurses, and other first responders.
Instead of dwelling on all that though, I would like to focus on the positive things that did happen!
- I trained for and ran my first half marathon! It wasn’t in Atlantic City, and there were not thousands of other runners but my family and friends made it feel just as special as the real thing. My brother-in-law even ran it with me, and my friends cheered me on with signs and water. I will never forget that day.
- I managed to still lose 30 pounds. I ended the year on a rough note, but overall it went down and that was my goal.
- I found ways to workout at home and fell in love with taking walks in my neighborhood and trying different routes.
- I passed through 4 semesters of graduate school, and learned a ton about nutrition! After the first semester I didn’t know if I’d make it, but now I am doing really well
- I found out who was really there for me, who really matters, and what really matters.
None of this is to brag, just to say that it wasn’t ALL bad, and I am sure everyone can write their own list (I bet 99 percent of people at least made banana bread or tried a new recipie)
Now I’d like to share my 2021 goals
One of my biggest goals is to stop mindlessly scrolling as much on social media. I can’t tell you how many mornings I woke up early planning to do homework, or a workout, but instead I laid there entranced watching other people live their life and forgetting to live mine and get things done I wanted to do, goals I wanted to achieve, and things I wanted to make happen. This year I want to try to be more intentional–even if it is watching tv-I want to be more present. I want to take action. I want to get off the sidelines and get in the game.
Another is to work on adding more weights/strength training to my workouts and be more consistent. I miss feeling strong. I miss increasing weight on the bar and meeting new PR’s. I have become lax in my workouts and I want to step it back up. I am not trying to get back to the past anymore, I am looking forward !
Another thing is letting go of toxic people and things that no longer serve me. This year has taught me not only what matters, but who. I want to dedicate time to expressing gratitude for my family, my friends, my health, job, school, and all of the positive things in my life and stop giving energy and attention to things that bring me down.
I am also going to be more accountable for my fitness journey, which means posting more here and on my Facebook and Instagram page (if you’d like to join the FB message me!)
If you made it this far, thank you so much for reading, and I hope you do your own reflecting and declare your own goals. Feel free to share them. Speak it into existence! Let’s go people!