New Year’s decisions and plans

2 Jan

No, I do not do new year resolutions. Or at least not the usual kind.

One thing I love to do, however, at this time of the year is take a break from the usual race and look at what I have done, what I want to do and what I have to do in order to be able to do what I want to do. Confused? Right, that makes two. ^^

Health and weight are two important factors in my life. For one, one thing the media has achieved over the years is making every woman hate herself at least once in her life. I like to think that I am not one of the big self-haters, but some days I am less sure of that particular fact. Furthermore I am working in the health sector, as most of you probably know (medicla translator) and see first-hand what poor lifestyles can do to your body and mind.

But there is also the spiritual aspect. The human body is not meant to spend all his time on the sofa with a chocolate bar and a bag of chips. (That is what rainy Sundays are for, right?). It is a temple for the divine spark in all of us – and do I treat it as such? Well, I am trying. But just as I would not leave a physical temple full of candy wrappers and cigarette butts, I should not leave my body full of junk. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes junk is good for the soul, and I love to celebrate as much as the next guy, but it should not be the main ingredient of my physical journey. Since the goddess Diana has always played a role in my lief, I feel I am honoring her by treating myself well and trying to get and stay in shape. In good shape, taht is, as opposed to blob shape.

Now, instead of doing the, “I am going to lose three hundred pounds and run at least two marathons without drinking a single drop of beer this year” thing most people like to do, I first looked at what I did lat year, health-wise. I started out at an almost-healthy weight below 70kg (coming from 83.6kg three years ago) – and gained almost 10kg back over the last five months. I tried different approaches to food, none of which really resonated with my body. At one point I seriously injured my knee, but luckily that one has healed. Later I hurt my wrist, which is still trouble.  I ran a 5K and then almost completely dropped out of exercise, which was not only bad for my waist, but also for my mood. And my favorite general practitioner discovered (after I had told him so) that my thyroid is one lazy gland.

What can I do next to make sure I have the best shot at staying healthy, fit AND sane? For the coming days and months, I hope to mainly focus on the here and now and try to make the best decision under the given circumstances. I intend to ask myself, “Is this the best I can do for my body and soul right now?” This may require a lot of spontaneous grocery trips while I try to find out what I should eat and what not, but I think it is way better than deciding, “I am going Paleo/vegan*/low-carb/raw/…” and then trying to do the 180° turn without looking at what my body needs right that moment. This goes for food as much as for sleep and exercise.

Having that major chunk out of the way, spiritually I hope to find a healthy daily practice that can be incorporated into a day with what feels like 36 busy hours. A group of people I know wants to try and work through “The twelve wild swans”, and I may try to cooperate with them (unless I come to hate the book, which may or may not happen). I also want to celebrate more with my witch sisters (one of which is not my biological sister, but feels like my second half). Now that we have a car, that is possible more easily if I can make the time.

My job is just running along – I like my work but not my work place, and may switch if I see something better. But it also leaves me a lot of time for all of my other projects, at only 35 hours per week. I may try to get some additional training or brush up on my other languages, we will see.

And as a person – I intend to trust my emotions and not always be so understanding and nice. Actually, I fully intend to write more about this in a later post, but I don’t want to let it disappear between all the other rambling.

This may all look like New Year’s Resolutions, but in truth they are only plans that happen to be made on the first day of the new calender year. What are your plans and goals for the coming year?


* A physician suggested that, since my wrist does not heal on its own, I should try a mostly vegan diet to reduce inflammation. It worked at first, but ever since the pain has stayed about the same, and my body’s demand for animal protein kept groing (I hate most soy products, and there is only so much legumes you can eat). Now I try to incorporate as many vegetarian/vegan recipes into my life as possible, and follow the healthy cravings at the same time. I guess extremes are just not for me right now.


2 Responses to “New Year’s decisions and plans”

  1. Maren January 4, 2013 at 5:21 pm #

    Plans are good. And it’s in your hands to make them happen. 😀

    About kettlebells, I love them. But if you already own dumbells there really isn’t any need to change. 🙂

    • diandralinnemann January 5, 2013 at 9:22 am #

      Thanks for your input! In that case I think I will invest in some new fitness courses or something. ^^

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