I can still remember the New Year’s Eve of Y2K. I was in middle school and I was on AOL Instant Messenger chatting with my friends about whether or not the world was going to end. Surprise! We survived! Now it’s 2016 and although it’s been many years since I used AOL or IM, I’m still on the computer communicating in another way, my blog. In this post I want to share my goals for this year.
- To actually be healthy. Not just live under the umbrella of things people do to lead a healthy lifestyle, I actually want to truly feel healthy. For a long time I have been a CrossFit athlete and coach and I have experimented with my own diet and helped others do the same. I live what appears to be an exceptionally healthy life. However, it seems to have all caught up with me. A little too much stress crept its way in somewhere along the way and I turned my cheek. I did not recognize the signs that were all there and pushed deeper into my training. I got ripped and was the strongest I’ve ever been. But now I am tired and run down and I cry easily. At this point I have decided that my health and the balance of my life need to be my priority. I’m taking a break from AMRAPs and EMOMs and snatching and kipping pull ups. I am going to reach my goal of being healthy by honoring what my body is telling me, by eating foods that make my cells happy, by sleeping as much as I can, by doing yoga, and by lifting some weights. I could go on about this goal forever, but the bottom line is, I want to feel really good again.
- To read more books. Last year I wrote about how I wanted to read more. I have definitely done that and it’s something that I want to continue to do. Reading allows me to escape, to think about different things, and to stimulate my mind.
- To be outside a lot. I grew up outside; summer, winter and in between. When you’re an adult with responsibilities it’s sometimes hard to find the time to get yourself outdoors. I haven’t skied in over two years. I only went out on the snowshoes a few times last winter. I believe that the human body, mind, and soul actually crave nature. We move further from health when we create barriers between ourselves and nature. So this year I’ll be breaking down more of those barriers, particularly in the winter by hiking, using my snowshoes, and hopefully getting some turns in on the slopes.