Hello there! You may well have just come from my previous post but if not, you should have a look there first to see what I’ve been up to in 2016!
Anywho on to the more fun part – some thoughts and goals for the year ahead!
Last year I fell out of love with running a little. I just rushed things and kept getting injured. Now that I’m building up strength as well, I’m promising myself to take a more sensible approach to my marathon training. I’m hoping to get back to my 22 minute parkrun time and to achieve a sub 4 hour marathon in Southampton, but to be honest I’ll just be happy to have a bit of injury-free running for once!
Before I went vegan I ate a very healthy diet and rarely treated myself to what I considered ‘naughty’ foods like cheese, pizza and burgers etc. My one regular indulgence was cake but around that I ate very healthily. Since going vegan however, I’ve had a lot more fun with food, trying everything that had the word vegan in front of it! I’ve still eaten very healthily around that but the healthy:unhealthy ratio has probably gone from 85:15% to 70:30%. Couple that with being off running for a few months and that has left me feeling a little less body confident! So now I’ve had my fun, I’ve tried the vegan junk food and it’s time to get back to my normal diet, including the cake!
I love following food and fitness accounts on Instagram which promote a healthy lifestyle, self love and body confidence. That is the kind of account I wish to be and thus I’m going to put a lot more effort into posting on Instagram and also on the blog. It’s something I enjoy when I get round to it and I really want to kick it up a notch in the new year.
This kind of ties in with the health part but I want to establish more of a routine that gives me time to look after my mind and body. Instead of getting in from work and watching a few episodes of Gilmore Girls (I’m determined to watch the whole series before the 4 new episodes), I want to put more time into writing for the blog, journaling and foam rolling/stretching. One of the things that’s going to keep me injury free is the latter but I never bother to do it and I don’t know why! 15 minutes is all it would take and yet it gets to 10pm and I’ve not bothered once again.
Finally I would love to learn more about fitness and nutrition. I’ve got plenty of opportunities with work to take courses in these subjects so this year I want to take advantage of that and may look into personal training and nutrition courses so that I can be better informed about how to look after myself and hopefully spread the message to others too!
So there are some things I am hoping to give a little more attention to in 2017!
What are your goals for the new year?
Are you excited for the year ahead?