If you’ve been with me on the blog for a while you will know how angry I get about the diet industry and the way it manipulates us to feel bad about ourselves. With this in mind it’s no surprise that the phrase “new year, new me” with its connotations of weight loss and unrealistic fitness goals grates on me. January is one of the worst times of year for people in recovery from eating disorders or struggling with body image issues because it is almost impossible to escape talk of diets and fitness regimes whether that’s through advertising, social media or just overhearing people talking in public. The world becomes even more obsessed than normal. Thankfully it normally all passes, and people lose interest, by February but in the meantime we just have to keep our heads down, focus on ourselves and call out the bullshit when we can.
My personal 2017 goals are similar to those I set in 2016 and failed to accomplish. At the start of 2016 I wasn’t in a very good place mentally and my goals rapidly fell by the wayside and were never picked up again but this year I’m going to be ready to smash it from day 1.
Do physio at least once a week – I know that really I should do it more than that and if I’m in the mood to do it then obviously I will but I think that setting out to do it once a week is manageable and achievable.
Workout twice a week – This goal has been set with the caveat of when I’m physically and mentally able. I’m really loving spinning at the moment but with my history I don’t want to get sucked in to an obsession so twice a week is manageable and no more than 4 times a week to stop things getting silly.
Read 3 classics – Every year I set out to do this. I love to read but in general if it’s not a crime thriller or a police procedural I’m not interested. I really want to start ticking some of the classics off my “to read” bucket list. This year I’m going to tackle Wuthering Heights, Lady Chatterley’s Lover and The Picture of Dorian Gray.
Set time aside to plan every week – I’m not a very organised person and part of this is because I never take time to plan out my week in advance. On a Sunday morning I like to take some time to have a nice hot drink and read The Observer but this year I’m also going to take some time to fill in my diary with plans for the next week and plan my meals etc to take the pressure off during the week and hopefully make myself more productive.
Hopefully putting my goals out there will make me more likely to stick to them.