Hello all and welcome to my first post of 2021.
It’s a new year, and I know that many of us are hoping for a far better year than 2020 turned out to be.
It’s certainly going to be different – 2020 started with everything being fine and plenty of people having hopes and expectations for a fantastic year, just to have the world completely change around them.
This year starts with most people, myself included, being in some level of Covid-control measures, but with a healthy dose of hope that with vaccines currently being distributed, at some point this year we may be able to start having a bit more freedom again.
Ideally, if events do start being open again later this year, I’d like to complete at least one of my goals that became impossible this year – which was to take part in a race.
I might change the race as it was planned to be a 10k, but we’ll see when/what is open.
As my main struggle with a race has more to do with my anxiety and the atmosphere, any distance would still be an achievement.
So, as for 2021 …
I’ve been trying to decide on goals and it’s difficult without knowing what is going to be possible this year, but here they are:
Read 12 books – This was also one of the goals that I achieved in 2020 and I want to continue the habit. I only just managed 12 books last year, and there was a lot of unexpected down-time, so I’ve made the decision to not make the amount larger as I don’t want the goal to risk seeming unachievable.
Try a new Recipe Each Month – This was also something that I did last year that I want to continue, it’s a good way to make sure that I’m not becoming too boring with my diet.
Lose 5kg of Fat by June – I don’t really pay a lot of attention to my weight, but I am currently a little heavier than I normally am, and as we’re currently in another lockdown in a cold winter in the UK, I think it’s a good idea to keep an eye on my nutrition with a goal. 5kg is not a lot of weight, but I want to try and lose it in a controlled manner while keeping as much muscle as I can, hopefully this will mean that bodyweight exercises such as pull ups with feel a little easier.
Run a Marathon Distance – I really enjoyed the running that I did in 2020, even though it was primarily due to the loss of other options. I’ve never really been interested in running a marathon but after my experience of training for and running a half, I believe that I am capable of it. This is also the one fitness goal that I should be able to control regardless of what happens this year.
Get an additional Qualification – I’m very good at learning and am doing so constantly, but I very rarely do it by means that cost more than a few pounds or gives me a certificate at the end of it. This year I want to do something that gives me something more than just the knowledge at the end of it. I’m not sure what this will be yet, maybe it’ll be several somethings. I’ve been looking at professional courses as well as sports nutrition or the CrossFit Level 1 course. Some of these will depend on whether in-person courses can happen or not, but I am determined to do at least one this year.
Do something I am Proud of – This one is a bit different and has been born from the uncertainty that still surrounds this year. 2020 had periods where it seemed like I blinked and 3 months had passed. I have made myself a page in this year’s journal with a heading of ‘2021 – Proud Moments/Actions’ and a section for each month. If I get to the end of the month and there’s nothing already documented in the space then it’ll be an option for reflection. If I can’t think of a moment where I’m done something that I am proud of that month then I’ll have to try harder the next month. The idea with this is that it be a way of keeping me moving in the correct directions, even if it’s unclear what the ‘correct’ way to go is. We should all be able to do even small acts that we are proud of on a regular basis. I also think that this list will be a form of encouragement, when I get to July if I have a clear list of 6 things I’ve done this year that I am proud of then I’ve clearly had a good year.
So that’s my main goals for 2021 – I particularly like the last one for giving direction faced with all of the current uncertainty.
I am still very fortunate to be in a position to be able to plan and make goals such as these, I am healthy and my job has remained stable, and I am very grateful as I know many people who have struggled far more than I over the last 9 months while still not having a certainty in the future.
Hopefully when 2021 ends I can look back on this post and feel like I’ve made the most of the year.
And really, what more can we ask for.
I wish you all the very best with your own goals and pursuits in 2021, if you want to share them with anyone then feel free to leave a comment or send me a message.
But until my next post – I hope that you all have a happy and productive week.