This year I had all sorts of plans, dreams and ambitions… it was all very complicated, too complicated. Then I had that moment of clarity and thought… no, lets boil this down to the essence of what is actually important.
My health has not been great over the last few years. Too much stress, too little sleep and too many injuries (mental and physical). I started unpicking this tangle last year with hypnotherapy to try and straighten out my inner demons, which did largely work in that it has taken the edge off and allowed me to start dealing with issues on my own terms rather than letting them control me. Next stage, then, is to start dealing with the physical damage whilst continuing to work on my emotional health.
I have started a lot of this process already, I kicked off a C25K program last year which was due to finish at the end of this month, but having just taken the last week off I am going to push that end point back to the end of the first week of February. I embarked on the RED challenge from Mind this year too, which again I have had a bad week on so may extend this into February… actually… part of me is thinking about extending it for the full year! These will help with physical fitness, and I will bring the mountain biking and fell walking back into the mix as the year progresses. Finally I have started a yoga class to tackle some muscular imbalances and stiffness that have resulted from injuries.
Next month I start physio, and a CPAP trial which may help with some physiological issues that are feeding back into health, fitness and weight.
So, that is the plan. The reason, a few years ago before accident number 1 I was in reasonable shape. I didn’t think things had gone too far awry until I saw a photograph of myself in Utah from back in the spring. Now I can see the deterioration and now I am going to fix it!
There is also going to be an element of cleaning up the diet to double down on the effects of being more active and I have given myself a few goals that I would like to hit, with the ultimate one being a substantial 33kg+ off. What is actually achievable doesn’t matter, but I want to end this year happier and healthier than I have been in a very long time!
Hopefully I will get in the swing of regular updates and progress reports!
Of course, you are wondering how this will impact the photography? Hopefully a lot - a clear mind will help with creativity and improved fitness should get me to new and exciting locations!