Sunday, 1 January 2012

New Year - Restart, Reboot

I was out for a walk at 6.45 this morning. The accompanying photo shows why. Well, that's only one reason. The last 3 months in pain, first from foot then from chest, has left me feeling depleted in more ways than one, and getting out at least for a 30 minute walk 3 or 4 times a week will get things that should be moving, moving again. At least I'm not quite as weighty as this time last year.

But the experience of the last 12 months has made me think.

I've decided not to have any goals. Every time I set myself goals I fail. Well, almost always. Or, I'm like an elastic band. I get where I'm going then spring back very quickly. I think the technical term is 'hysteresis'. It's true that for very action there's an equal and opposite reaction. To every push there's a push back. So, no goals, long term, medium term, or short term. Instead, just a few principles or guidelines to get me through each day as it comes. If those principles or guidelines bear fruit then so much the better.

It's like you have to take whatever goals you make, by stealth. Don't tell anybody, don't announce to the world that you are on a mission. Just get on with it, quietly, a day at a time.

So, I've set things back to zero (you can see that in the side-bar) and I've started again. This time I'll be like a recovering alcoholic or gambler and take it a day at a time. You could say that this year is 'From Fat to Fit in As Long As It Takes.' We'll see how that works.

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