The goal post

The goal post

I’m ba-ack! I hope you all had a nice Christmas and holiday break. I had a great new year’s eve… consisting of spending six hours restoring my entire blog after another, more painful hack. The good news is I’m fairly confident I have put a stop to it happening again. A reminder to all the bloggers out there: make sure you back up your site regularly, and always update your software and plugins!

I can’t wait to tell you all about Berlin, but first I thought I should put out the obligatory New Year’s post. As you may recall, I am not a fan of new year’s resolutions. I believe if you are truly committed to changing something about yourself, you shouldn’t have to wait for the new year to do it.

That said, I am a big supporter of setting goals. One of the great things about blogging is that I can keep myself accountable to goals I have set in the past (here and here).

By coincidence, here are 13 of my goals for 2013. Some of these are pretty lofty, but I believe in myself and know that I can achieve all of these if I put my mind to it:

  • Increase strength: I have become addicted to getting stronger. By the end of 2013, I plan to hit a 110kg (245lb) deadlift, 90kg (200lb) squat and 55kg (120lb) bench press. I also want to complete five strict unassisted pull-ups.
  • Secure a UK visa: I absolutely love everything about living in London and I never want to leave. As some of you might remember, Berlin is our back-up option if we have to leave the UK at the end of the year. Having now been to Berlin, I realised how sad I would be if I had to leave London. We have a few options we can pursue to stay in the country but they all require a little bit of work. Fingers crossed that everything goes to plan and we can stay!

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  • Restore my fertility: I accept this is not entirely in my control, but I plan on doing what I can to ease my body back into full health. I will continue to follow a mostly Paleo diet and practice the destressing techniques below.
  • Continue to travel: 2012 was a great year for travel – I hit Paris, Amsterdam, Montenegro, Ibiza, Brussels, Edinburgh and Berlin. In 2013 we are likely to make some repeat trips and add Rome, Barcelona and the Greek Islands to the list!

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  • Move house: We have still not moved out of our less-than-perfect apartment. Our lease is up in two months, but we might not move until we are certain we are staying. We have picked an area to move to and I couldn’t be more excited to finally get out of this place!
  • Dance at least once, but preferably twice a week: I have been 100 per cent committed to this goal. I have been dancing on Saturdays, but would love to sneak in another mid-week class. It’s so hard to explain but dancing has made me really happy again. My teacher finally started uploading videos of our routines so, as promised, here I am in action! This was from my first hip hop class in three years, so please be kind 🙂 I’m on the left at the front in the grey shirt (sorry, not the best angle to see me).

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  • Practice yoga at least twice per week: I was doing well with this goal, but I think I’ve only done one yoga podcast in the past three weeks. Fail.
  • Learn to meditate: I have been trying to practice deep breathing for five minutes each day, but I would love to learn how to meditate properly and shut off my thoughts completely.
  • Be more social during the week: I am slowly making more and more friends in London, but I tend to isolate myself during the week. I usually go to work and then come home and blog or work on programs in the evenings. Rob works late every evening so there’s no excuse for me not to be out there being social. At least one friend date per week would be ideal.
  • Continue to read regularly: My progress with this goal ebbs and flows. I need to be more diligent about turning off the computer at 9pm and reading instead.
  • Get published as a fitness writer: I am a journalist by trade and a large reason I became certified as a personal trainer was to write for fitness magazines. I feel like I now have enough experience under my belt to start putting myself out there and hopefully be published somewhere other than this old blog!
  • Prepare for a photoshoot: I planned on scheduling a photoshoot alongside a competition, but now that’s off the cards I have to set a date for a shoot. I am obviously going to be sensible about how I prepare for this, and I will not reach competition levels of body fat, but this is something that is important for me both personally and professionally.
  • Coach someone else through a competition: Although I can’t compete myself, there is no reason why I can’t help someone else to the stage. At first I thought I would not feel comfortable coaching someone through something I have not even done myself, but a number of my online clients have expressed interest in getting up on stage in 2013.

It looks like 2013 will be a busy year for me! What are your goals for the year?

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