I know it’s been a long time since my last post and that I have loads to catch up on, especially in relation to the cyclocross season, but I thought I’d stick this new post in about my plans for 2012.
I know everyone comes up with the usual new year’s resolutions, but I really want to change my life in the next year. I want to stop being so lazy, have more energy and most of all achieve more. So where do I begin this new life? What changes will I have to make? Will it all make me a happier and better person? Well read on and form your own opinion, this year will be different…
I want to start by listing a few goals for 2012, not resolutions, but goals, things that are achievable and realistic. I have started with the following 5 items on my list of ‘commandments’ and I will hopefully add things to that list as the year goes by:
- Work harder – get up earlier in the day (achieved by going to bed earlier at night) and work hard on my online business, harder work equals more success which will lead to a more comfortable and better lifestyle.
- Train more – not necessarily harder, just more, the harder training will come as I get fitter throughout the year. I want to train 20 days each month as a minimum. That could be any sort of training, such as cycling, running or doing core exercises. I know a healthier and fitter me is a happier me so this one should be achievable.
- Compete more – I entered the amazing world of cyclocross this year (thanks to Mike) and I really enjoyed it. Not just the racing but the camaraderie of training and racing each weekend is great. I’ve also met some other cyclists from Mike’s club (North Cheshire Clarion), such as Giles and Adam. In 2012 I want to compete more, included in this will be the Isle of Man End 2 End in September, possibly the 3 Peaks Challenge, possibly a summer cyclocross or MTB series and a few other challenges along the way. This will keep me focused, keep me training and get me fit! A running race of some description might feature as well!
- Train more (part 2) – With the dogs I mean. As Chester and Holly have grown up we have been failing them a bit on the training side of things, falling into the trap of training them once a week (at our excellent dog training class) and never in between. Yes we do train them when out on walks to heel, sit, retrieve etc, but they are smart and energetic dogs that need to use their brains so I want to work with them to make them happy and to let them enjoy life a bit more.
- Achieve something every week – I know that sounds easy, but how often do we put things off, sit on our hands or ignore things that are not that important? This year I want to actively do something each week that ‘puts something to bed’ and that’s it done and dusted.
- Eat Less – as in eat less rubbish and a more healthy diet. As any of you that know me will know I have a very sweet tooth. There is no point in me saying I will give up chocolate or go on a diet, instead I want to eat more fruit and veg, have slightly smaller dinner servings and still enjoy a treat when I feel like it. I am adding one stipulation though… I am only allowed a treat if I have done some form of training that day!
Basing my year on these points should result in a healthier, fitter, lighter and happier me. I think I’m going to grab this year by the scruff of the neck and get stuck in, no point sitting on my hands, if I don’t do it for myself who will???