It’s been a while since I last wrote a blog post. I thought my return to this blog would start with an update on my 2019 goals that I posted earlier in the year: copied straight from the original blog post.
- Run a half-marathon: this is already booked. I am running the Oxford half-marathon in October with three friends. I have a long way to go, but I know where I need to get to.
I am not in a fit state to run 13 miles right now. I need to get my back-side into gear and start training. My friends will be the motivation we all need and I really need to be more disciplined. It’s easy to say I’ll do it tomorrow; something that really does come quite easily to me.
- Complete my second Tough Mudder Classic: I completed a Tough Mudder Classic last May and we are running the exact same event this coming May. I was close to crying towards the end, I hope to be in better shape in just over five weeks time. It’s not looking good, but doing it as a group will pull us through (again).
We completed Tough Mudder in May. It was just above freezing (literal freezing) and jumping in the water wasn’t as appealing as last year, when the temperature was in the mid-20’s. But it was great fun. I’m not sure if I was as fit as last year, but we managed to complete it in under four hours.
We are signing up for the same event next year.
- Commit to the gym: this ties in with the half-marathon and Tough Mudder. I have been good and we are over half way through March. I want to be able to say I kept my gym routine up throughout the rest of the year.
I haven’t been to gym since Tough Mudder. A broken toe was part of the reason, but if I am being honest with myself I am still using that as an excuse. I have run a couple of Park Runs since (and Tough Mudder), so there is absolutely no reason why I cannot go back to the gym.
- Attain a Coaching qualification: this one is the big one and will take time. I am studying an ILM Level 7 Diploma in June. This is a journey I have spoken about before, this is what I want to do. I’m glad it’s finally getting off the ground.
I’ve been on the week long course in Keswick and starting the first assignment. This was a huge investment (financially) in myself. I’ve also lined up a few people to coach as part of the recorded coaching hours I need to complete the Diploma.
- Reduce my alcohol intake: I’m not doing very well on this one. I acknowledge I drink far too much and I was being better in January by keeping a record of exactly what I was drinking. Unfortunately I stopped doing this, my goal is to pick this up again.
Okay this one is going badly. We can’t win ’em all, but losing this one is probably the most detrimental to my health. It is the habits I need to change; the majority of my social life is based around activities which typically involves or is in an environment which sells beer.
There are no excuses, I’m just being crap.
- Being happier: I’m not unhappy and there is so much I am grateful for. But I want to learn how to appreciate the good and focus less on the bad than I currently do. Within this, trying to be more mindful than I currently am.
I have read a lot of books on happiness, while being careful not to get lost in the many and sometimes contradicting theories and ideas; I certainly believe I have got better at accepting the negative thoughts and emotions that every single human being experiences. I am meditating daily where I can, sometimes I slip up on this and I enjoy writing in my journal. While hard to measure, so far, so good on this one I think.
I won’t go into too much detail and most of them will likely have a separate blog post. But I have added the following 2019 goals in addition to the above:-
- Have an outline for a novel
- Be pro-active in looking for another job
- Be more involved in my role as a school governor
- Meditating every day.