Nothing like a fresh blank page on a brand new calendar to bring out the musing and reflective mind. Thinking about the past, where I've been, what I had planned, what I accomplished, what I didn't. Looking ahead at the wide open space of possibilities. Looking at the past few weeks of oh so much celebrating and welcoming the normalcy of routine that comes with the passing of the holiday 'season'.
Last year, I was all about the basics - basic exercise, basic food, basic plans. I had some lofty goals and sorta kinda hit some of them, and had set backs in other areas. In general I just wanted to continue to create a better, stronger, faster version of myself. And I did... and didn't.
The theme was basic, the lesson learned was humbling. ::Cute Mick Jagger:: You can't always get what you want, but you get what you need. Aawww yeeeeaaah...
What I wanted was a super buff body, to be able to run, jump, swing, and lift whatever and whenever I wanted.
What I got was a body that had less fat on it than when I started the year, and was able to do some of those things better than I started, but there were setbacks.
What I wanted was to be focused and never waiver from achieving my goals, no matter what.
What I got were lessons that kept me focused on more important things: fun, function, flexibility, family, friends.
So I don't have the super buff, super strong body that I set out to attain in 2010. I'm healthy, happy and haven't been sick since not sure when. ::knocks on wood::
Does that mean that I ditched my goals from last year or gave up when I got sidelined?
Far from it!
What I wanted was to get it done and be done with it.
What I got was a greater understanding of living a healthy LIFE, and the meaning of the word tenatious.
I did ditch some things - the obsession, the all or nothing, all about the weight "Diet" mentality.
I gained perserverence, and creativity.
I worked my 'push through' muscles along with my 'push up' muscles.
I learned that any goal worth achieving is worth continually reaching towards it. You may not get it on the first, second, or elebenty-billionth try... but you'll keep geting closer.
My theme for this year picked itself... or rather, was picked for me. The messages all around me said the same thing: Press On
And this passage that was read at church yesterday drove it home: "Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me." Philippians 3:12
So this is me, pressing on... anything that I achived, keep at it. Anything that I missed the mark, keep trying. Anything that needs improvment, game on!
What's your theme for 2011?
Any lessons learned?