Crap. It’s New Year’s Eve. Already.
The last week of December seems to draw itself out so long that it’s end is kind of a shock, right? Like, it will never come.
Last year, my intentions for this year were brief: 1) Be better about working out. 2) Learn to take a compliment. Shockingly, the first was easier to accomplish than the second. Not that I’m ripped and ready for bikini season or anything, but I did manage to do some sort of vigorous physical activity at least 3 days a week for the entire year (although it was a little rough going during October… which was a month of illness, anxiety, and social-avoidance… which was, you know. A bummer.) I think that I didn’t really get good and serious about what I was doing until May or June, however. I went from being able to run only a few blocks to being able to, dependably, run 1 mile. A few times, I ran 2 miles. Once, I think I ran just shy of 3 miles. This is a really, really big deal for me and I’m trying not to let my brain diminish it. Every day that I ran, I was literally doing a thing that I had never done before. I took it pass/fail. And it was scary. So, so scary.
Since the onset of cold and dark wintery times, I’ve switched my attention over to bodyrock.tv/dailyhiit.com. It great because it’s short, free, and easy to do at home. It also really works those muscles and makes it easy to track your improvements. I mean, in my arms, I have a visible bicep muscle. You can see it. In both of them. Whoa.
Taking a compliment is difficult. I usually say, “Thank you.” or “Hey, thanks!” Whatever. It’s weird. It will always be weird. No matter how fly my hair color looks or how tight I know my outfit game to be. Special thanks go to the Jeep full of teen boys who yelled “Nice hair!” at me when I was crossing the street in front of them. When I turned to look, they all gave me double-thumbs-up, 8 hands sticking out of the windows and sunroof.
This year, 2013, I intend to work on my ability to focus. How? I don’t know, yet. Brute mental force, maybe? Hypnosis? Eating more local, organic vegetables? Something about my chi? The world is an interesting and distracting place where I can read blogs like Grey Cavalier instead of being a more useful human being who, for example, efficiently runs their own business out of their attic. My secondary intention is to amp my exercise up to 5 days a week. Fingers crossed and place your bets on which will be more successful.