The past is important in telling our stories, to understand where we’re at and why we’re there.
But tonight, I am not celebrating what’s ending . . . i am celebrating what is coming. I don’t “do” new year’s resolutions, because a resolution is simply a goal–and goals need to be set and re-set frequently to make progress.
Today I closed off 2011 with my friend and former coworker, Sara, just one of many amazing people I experienced the joy of meeting in 2011. We ate too many crepes and had an amazing time, and were ironically wearing the same Hollister hoodie in different colours, pink t-shirts underneath and brown jackets! [I took mine off for the picture].
After making a final pharmacy trip for the year (gotta love breathing, yeah?), I came home to do a final workout to hit 800 kilometers for 2011. To give some perspective on how much I’ve grown in regard to exercise and fitness in 2011, my total on December 31st, 2010 was a tiny 100 kilometers [which was upped to a legitimate 106 as I found later on that I had forgotten to count an April race in there].
That. Is. Huge. The big change in 2011 came in September through the amazingness that was Physical Activity: Promotion and Adherence, definitely my favourite university class thus far, and really gaining the understanding that the SMALL things make a BIG difference! Though an unintentional success attributed to making small changes and regulating physical activity, since mid-September [at my highest ever weight which may have been some sort of weird fluke] I have lost a total of 17 pounds. I can’t say I felt “bad” before or anything, but comparatively, I feel totally awesome both physically and emotionally with the GOOD changes that have happened!
I’ve walked 213 km, stationary biked 143, and racked up hundreds of kilometers in commutes. I walked one race, went on a few short hikes, went on an adventure rock climbing this past week. I played hockey both in my skates and in my Sauconies and skated down rivers. I’ve played in concrete jungles and playgrounds. This has been the most active year of my life, and I plan to strip that title away from 2011 and give it to 2012.
This year, I have reached farther than I thought I could, pushed my lungs and my body in bigger ways. I started thinking about things differently, relationships changed and growing happened. I did things I couldn’t believe I would or could succeed at.
I got a new job at an amazing daycare. I worked one-on-one at camp for a week, which was one of the biggest challenges and biggest joys simultaneously. I have met so many amazing people in “real life” and online. One of my best guy friends for a time became my first boyfriend and even though it mutually didn’t work out, it definitely did not damage our friendship, which was the most important thing to us. I returned to Chicago. I watched one of the girls I do inclusion with grow so much in where she’s at, while simultaneously realizing the growth in myself through her. I have fallen more and more in love with the subject that is applied health. I have changed my perspectives on health advocacy, become more involved, and continued to learn how to OWN my asthma and encourage others to do the same. I have learned to better live with what I’ve been handed. I have learned more deeply that health and wellness is a choice. I have learned to see things differently, engage differently, and not just make goals, but meet goals and ENGAGE in these goals to use them as learning experiences.
I want to continue that next year. Continue moving forward, continue proving myself wrong, continuing to grow and learn and thrive, not simply survive.
There is more goodness coming. There is a year of hope, joy, change, growth, learning, and love ahead.
Bring it on 2012. GOOD THINGS!