I don’t do New Year’s resolutions. I make vague sort of generalisations that I don’t tell anybody about and then I don’t feel bad if I don’t carry them through. Well, I feel bad but not shamed publicly!
This year’s vague generalisation was to move more. I wanted to be more active and I wanted to incorporate exercise into my life in a way that was sustainable long term. So there was Project electric bicycle and using that to replace a lot of car trips. I’ve done that and I continue to do that.
I also wanted to continue my hiking along the Bibbulumun Track. I’ve loved the time I spend out there so this has never been an effort for me – the effort has been to carve out the time.
I’ve always secretly wanted to run in a race and this year I signed up for the Colour Run at the beginning of November. To that end, I’ve started a running program and I’ve been religious about sticking to it, when I could. I got sick, I developed tendonitis and I had to take to slow here and there but I kept at it.
I don’t much like running but I used to run every day about 13 years ago and I was the thinnest I’ve ever been in my life. It wasn’t sustainable, however; the only reason I was that thin (and that thin was between a size 8 – 10) was because I stopped eating as well. Not the best way to do it.
I’ve never particularly cared about my weight and I certainly don’t care about other people’s reactions to it so this year of moving more hasn’t been about diet. But it seemed a shame not to eat as well as possible so I could fuel my body to run efficiently and so I changed our whole diet around and put the husband on the same program. (He doesn’t run and he doesn’t exercise as much as I do but I do have him regularly going to the gym.)
I haven’t bothered to weigh myself but I think I’ve dropped at least a dress size or two, judging by how my clothes are falling off a bit. He has definitely lost weight but he doesn’t really like our very vegetarian/low carb diet very much; credit to him that he continues it. We have a cheat night once a week and I honestly think long term that this is sustainable.
I find the food preparation a huge bore, I must say. Constant chopping of things. Also, eating fresh is very, very expensive.
I am curious to know what I am capable of, exercise and eating wise. I don’t think I will ever get as thin as the two photos below, which I’ve included just for kicks, but I am 48 years old and life is good.