I’ve been working on changing the way that I live. The idea is to add value to my day by lessening the amount I put into my brain, and increasing the amount of work I expect from my body. The plan is still evolving – but I took my first step (literally) by buying a pair of running shoes, and downloading an app called “C25K” which promises to take me from the sofa to running 5 kilometers in 9 weeks.
The last time I ran was a quarter marathon: 30 years ago. I hated every step of the training – but did it because Paul, my boyfriend, had entered us as part of a relay marathon. I was on a team with the agency renegades – the girls who liked a drink or two. He was on the guys’ team with hot-shot fitness fanatics. By the time I reached the finish line – they had all buggered off for a drink. And the only people left there to witness my arrival were the clean-up crew. When he got home my running shoes were burning on his lawn.
But, I need an aerobic aspect to my ‘fitness program’ that is easy to slot in. And running seems to be the easiest fit. Spinning madly in a gym while an instructor shouts at me to pump it up, is my idea of hell. Besides, I don’t want greatness …. I just want 5ks. Jack, if the vet OKs it, will also be making the leap from couch to kilometer. I was walking behind him the other day – and he waddles. Not a good look on a six-year-old terrier. We will also keep up our gentle perambulations – to relax our minds.
For the weight-bearing part – 3 yoga classes a week. I love yoga, it suits me yet I have been utterly crap and lacked dedication this year, so that shouldn’t be a stretch (sorry).
So – that’s the health plan. Diet wise, I am not going to change too much – just look to portion management and less desserts. The minute I tell myself I can’t eat something is when I will eat everything. And, quite honestly, the way my body is built – getting too thin is not a good look on me: think “The Scream”.
The next rung in this wheel is going to be tuning out. I am putting time management into play. Starting and finishing work at the same times each day. Going to bed earlier and no reading after 10.30pm. Complete disconnect on a Saturday from electronic geegaws – except for the phone – and that just for calls. I’m setting start and stop limits on anything I write. I’m allowing too much to take too long.
And finally – saying “no” when someone asks me to do something I don’t want to do. And sticking to it. No wavering. Short cutting all second guessing by just going with the flow and anticipating the best. I suppose that translates into incorporating mindfulness into the everyday. So each night before bed – a guided meditation by Jon Kabat Zinn, I’m crap at it on my own.
The reason I am telling you all this is prevailing wisdom and Oprah Winfrey hold that the only way a person will stick to new year’s resolutions is if you make them public. Shame – the great motivator.
Actually – with me it is more a realisation that this getting old thing is actually happening. And I need to stop screwing around living half a life. So, look for me on the highways. I’ll be the one running very slowly …. but I will be wearing bright pink and turquoise trainers and I will be moving forward. Beep beep.