My 2016 goals aren’t written in order of importance, but instead, written in order of coherence. Basically, the things I can articulate reasonable are the things I’m writing about first.
I had some pretty solid workout / health goals for 2015, and I failed to meet them. Now, that’s not to say I didn’t improve. I did. In fact, for a while, I was going pretty good.
Problem is, I keep having issues with injuries (two bad shoulders means I have to be extremely careful what I’m doing), and towards the end of 2015, I caught a cold or virus, and took a break for that to get over with. Though, I aggravated the situation considerably: I had gotten to the point I was vaping all the time, and might have a cigarette or two per week. Basically, down to being a social smoker. About the same time I developed a cold, someone stressed me the hell out about finances, and well… I started smoking again. (There’s also an association, I think: I seem to have an easier time sticking with vaping when I work out consistently. I can’t say why I think the association exists, or even if it does, but my belief in it is there… 😉
Now, that’s not to say 2015’s health goals were a complete fail – far from it. I bought a new belt in July – I had reached the last usable notch in the previous belt. Then at one point in September, I was already down to the fourth notch on the belt (I started at the first, duh), and could put it on the last notch (but, I felt it was still a little too tight.) I’m on the third notch of that same belt at the moment – yeah, I gained some back. Overall, though, it was a win: I don’t need the much larger belt from earlier in the year, and I’m not in danger of ending up on the first notch of this one again anytime soon.
I like the idea that while I might not have gotten where I wanted to, I’m still much better of than I was. Plus, I haven’t lost any strength in 2015 – I gained it.
For 2016, I’m going to keep pushing forward with this. Lose more weight, gain more strength, get close to a flat stomach (I still really want to achieve 6-pack abs for a short bit, just to say I’ve done it.) I’ll be starting in on the workouts again here shortly.
There’s also a couple of other health things. I still haven’t gotten new glasses – the last ones were stolen out of my car (along with an iPhone cable, and they seem to have gotten interrupted before taking the stereo. Somehow the glasses were a priority for them, I guess.). Need to fix that. Need to get health insurance (yes, I’m still without), which is expensive. I still need to get my teeth fixed (I shudder to think how expensive this is going to really be). And, I need to make a habit of checking in with my doctor that I spend $50 / mo. on more often (I still haven’t had this piece of pre-cancerous tissue looked at again. I had two spots frozen – one worked, the other didn’t.)
But, there’s something that bugs me: my feet are cold quite frequently, even when it’s not cold out. That can be a sign of heart issues down the line. I’ve been checked before, and everything came out fine, but I want to move towards some preventative maintenance. In general, I’m fairly healthy. I’d like to keep it that way, and improve upon it. 🙂 (And, here’s hoping that in 2016, I really do see 6-pack abs 😉