A Fresh Start

I haven’t written anything in forever! Feel really guilty about neglecting my blog, even though hardly anyone reads it. I guess I use it to process thoughts and feelings, and by not contributing that probably means I haven’t been giving time to myself.

We went away for a few days to Holland in December, which was so much fun, but unfortunately came back to find our house had been broken into. Obviously this was very stressful and unpleasant. Then Christmas happened, and January has been a blur. So here we are in February and I haven’t written for three months!

I thought a good way to start my blogging for 2018 would be to set out some goals and thoughts for the year ahead. Not resolutions as such, but things I want to improve to focus on this year. So here are my 2018 goals:

  • Make health my priority.  I’m going to be 33 years old this year. My BMI, to my shame, is 31. I have 40% body fat. I probably drink too much alcohol. This year I am going to focus on my health. Not to be a certain size, but to give myself solid foundations for the next stage in my life (though looking hot in a pair of leggings would be an added bonus). Losing weight and getting fit just gets harder with age. Now is the time to do it. I’m a general practitioner by trade. I know that losing even 10% of my body weight will lower my blood pressure, reduce my risk of fatty liver disease and diabetes, and improve my joint health. I started weight lifting in September and love getting stronger. I can now do 10 full press ups! My next goal is to lose 10-15kg, but more importantly, shift fat from my waist and viscera and reduce my body fat percentage. My short term goal for February is to reduce my alcohol intake to 10 units a week (I haven’t got a problem but I would often drink 2 bottles of wine a week plus maybe a few beers, which is seriously interfering with my weight loss).
  • Dedicate more time to my relationship. I’ve been married for 2 years and with the same man for nearly 10 years.  He is my best friend and I can’t imagine my life with out him. But boy, have we had a tough year this year. We moved house and we both took on alot more responsibility at work. Our neighbours have been giving us noise problems and we have bickered constantly about this and finances. We have been unkind to eachother and spent many a night going to bed on an argument. Clearly, this could be better. In 2018 I am going to try to be more empathetic and kind towards my husband.
  • Friendships. I am going to spend time with people who make me feel happy. I am going to give my time to people I can have a satisfying and reciprocal relationship with-I’m lucky to have many people in my life like this. I am not going to waste time or energy on friends who don’t bother to get in touch, or who clearly don’t feel our relationship is important enough to spend time and emotion on nuturing. This has happened to me on a couple of occasions over the last year or so, and I’ve spent alot of time and energy being hurt about it and wondering what the hell I’ve done wrong. Well, as Cher from Clueless would say, I’m outty.
  • Be kinder to myself. Lets finish on a positive note. I am going to be kinder to myself. I am going to rest more. I am going to stop sweating the small stuff. I am going to spend time doing things that make me happy and spend time with the people who make me happy. I am going to stop looking so far ahead and be more mindful of the moment.

So there are my goals for 2018. As a doctor, I know life is short and can throw you some god awful lemons. Always make time in the day for a hug with someone you love.


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