2018 has well and truly started and there is a positive buzz going around social media about new resolutions, goals and habits to change. Most of us get enthusiastic when January rolls around to start a fresh. Whether it is a spring clean, to hit the gym, lose those few kilos put on over the holiday period, saving some money… The list goes on. In the past, I have been one to set goals for the new year. However once I have ticked them off it is like What next? and I will go through a period of sitting on the fence and feeling a little bit lost.
While it is great to set goals and resolutions in the new year; it is important to be able to reset if they are not working out or you have ticked them off at any time during the year. Over the last few months I have taken a step back to think about what I really enjoy that makes me feel good about myself and I have developed a few goals from there. I have come up with some SMART goals that are Specific, Measurable Achievable, realistic and time based to keep me motivated and have come up with some actions and strategies to tick them off.
Fit back into my favourite denim shorts and Alannah Hill Skirt by April 2018.
We all have our favourite clothes that make us feel good or we get lots of comments on about how nice we look in them. For me I have my favourite denim shorts and my Alannah Hill Skirt. We are going to Hawaii in April and I would love to pack these items to wear with pride. I still have some baby weight to lose, however this time around I am tackling it a different way.
Numbers do my head in. So rather than weigh myself I am going with the things I want to fit back into which I know will make me feel amazing. I have heard the same comment from many people that they will be happier when they are a certain weight or size. I have been in this category and I can tell you, you are not any happier.
Some actions I am going to take for this is common sense, exercise and healthy eating. I am lucky I enjoy exploring healthy options and exercise, so all I need to do is clean it up a little being mindful that I still have a baby to feed so I will be sensible and not jeopardise my milk supply. I had a c-section, so I need to take things slowly and build up my core. Strength again before I do anything crazy like a half marathon. After having a stroke and losing my vision, I have a new appreciation for how much my body can still do, so my goals around fitness are based around how fast can I run? How hard can I push? How long can I hold a plank for? These are goals I can continually reset each session and with consistency I will gain growing strength, endurance and power and that is pretty cool.
I also have ditched exercises I don’t like doing… I love burpees, but I won’t be running more than 10km any time soon. I don’t enjoy the toll it takes on my body. However I love running between 5 and 10km. so will build up to that and once I have the distance, work on improving my time. Again consistency.
I want to have fun exercising. I love working out with Cameron, so we are starting out gymming two days a week together for half an hour. I have a personal trainer once a week and will go back to bootcamp once a week. I also love walking with the kids and playing in the park. I feel that if I have fun, it will make me feel good and the weight will come off as a consequence.
By the end of first term of swimming I want to be confident in taking the two boys on my own.
I managed to take Archer on my own last year while I was pregnant. We would catch a taxi there and home. The staff at the pool were very assistive and helped me become familiar with the venue. I learnt to navigate the busy change room and came up with strategies to get me in and out quickly such as packing the bag a certain way, choosing clothes and shoes for Archer and I to wear that is quick and easy to slip on such as crocs and a hooded towel for Archer and a floaty dress for me. Cameron took over going in the pool with Archer when I was heavily pregnant and when Griffin was born, however work is picking up again and I need to take back over. Again I will need to think of strategies to make sure I am on time, can juggle feeding and getting in and out quickly. We are lucky there are care facilities at the pool, so Griffin can go into care for the time Archer and I are in the pool and when he starts up Archer can go into care. It will be a challenge, but by the end of the term I should be confident.
I want to confidently run a safe 5km loop by June 2018 without getting lost.
I still need to find a 5km run loop that is safe with my vision and can do independently around our new home. At the moment I am walking a 3km loop that I am confident with without getting lost. It is just a matter of finding a friend to walk with the first few times or cameron on a day off for me to become familiar with the track, then I can work on building up to running it.
Submit a blog post each Friday fortnight.
All my life I have had deadlines to meet through my time at school, University, working as a personal trainer and teacher. Since losing my vision and becoming a stay at home mum the deadlines have dissipated. It was nice for the first 12 months to not have a deadline to meet, however now I am almost into my third year at home and feel I need to be accountable for something. I’m not ready to go back to work, however writing for my blog is something I can do in my own time around the kids and something I really enjoy doing particularly writing about my blind idiot moments or my toddler’s mischievous adventures. It is realistic for me to commit to one blog post a fortnight and any more is a bonus. I don’t get paid to write my blog, but simply do it for enjoyment and to help and reach out to others and that in it self makes me feel great!
By the end of the year I want to have some voluntary work lined up for next year one day a week where I can use the skills I have already attained.
I absolutely loved my career before I lost my vision. Although it was cut short and it was a huge kick in the guts. The longer I have off, the more I am realising that perhaps primary teaching isn’t for me. It breaks my heart, but if I was to go back it is finding somewhere that will accept me and be flexible to my needs and that is a huge responsibility for an employer. My biggest concern is duty of care for young children and not having the vision to be on the ball here. Then there is first aid and all sorts of things that you just wouldn’t think of. I don’t think it would do my mental health any justice. I don’t have any worries about how I would deliver teaching and learning; I have a strategy to overcome my vision obstacles there and have thought long and hard about them. It is simply duty of care. I do want to work eventually, but have to go back to the drawing board. I want something that will give me the same fulfilment teaching primary aged children did. Perhaps it is teaching adults or furthering my study in a different direction. I am not sure yet and that is why I think volunteer work will be good for me next year to give me a taste of what I can do, my limits and what I might enjoy. For now I will be enjoying my time with the boys at home and keep pondering on this.
So there we have it. A few goals to keep me busy in my already busy life. Despite the busyness, I feel focused and excited about having some fun working on these goals. I[m doing these goals not because I should, not to prove to myself or anyone else but because I want to and that makes me excited.