As I write this post, on the first day of January, I am trying to put the challenges of 2020 out of my mind, and instead, think about the year ahead. At the moment, I’m finding that quite difficult, sitting here with it’s legacy, a badly broken left arm.
One week before Christmas, I tripped in the garden and fell heavily on the pavers. The result was a visit to the Emergency Department, followed by surgery two days before Xmas Eve. Since then I’ve been heavily medicated, on pain meds, and doing very little.
I have had plenty of time to think about the year ahead, and what I hope will make it a great year. Each year at this time, as many bloggers do, I choose a Word of The Year (WOTY) for the coming year. While pondering my WOTY, over the past few weeks, all thoughts go to my hopes and dreams for 2021. For the coming year, the word ‘Health’ usually occurs to me, without a huge amount of thought, More than anything I would like 2021 to be about improving my health. It therefore seems appropriate that my WOTY for 2021 be HEALTH. I would even go further and say my theme for next year is #2021YearOfHealth.
2021 Year Of Health
At this time of year, I usually set goals for the year ahead, but this year will be different. Instead of concentrating on goals, I plan to create my own health strategy for the year and focus on this, in monthly increments, as I set the plans in motion that are needed for improvement.
I intend to give full focus to my health, during the year ahead. I’ve had a few minor health issues during the past year, and along with the injuries that I’ve had along the way, I feel my health needs a kick-start. It definitely needs more focus, and I need to approach each day with more mindfulness than I’ve been doing recently.
I’m very aware that I have given more thought and focus to Covid-19, during the past year, than to my own health. I have dropped the ball slightly, and slipped into a few bad habits. I’m very keen now to reinstate my old good habits.
I have no plans to crash diet, or to do anything radical, to make the changes I’d like to make. My #2021YearOfHealth will be more about making small lasting changes for life. These changes will be sensible and fit in with recognised health guidelines. Changes will be in all areas of health where needed. I will be focusing on exercise, nutrition, mindset, wellness, lifestyle and anything else I decide needs improvement for optimum health.
January is my birthday month and with another birthday looming, I am becoming more aware of my own mortality. I would like to reach the next few birthdays knowing that I have done everything possible to keep myself healthy.
Lately, retirement has been on my mind, but though I have made no decision yet, I can feel myself getting closer to giving up work. Up until this past year, I thought of retirement as being far into the future. However, it was always in my mind, as I worked towards getting myself fit enough to be able to spend my retirement years on fitness activities. I lost sight of this a little during 2020. I’m passionate about being an active retiree, so am concerned to get my retirement goals back on track.
My hope, is that by the end of the year I will have lost those extra Covid kilos, that found me in 2020. I will be feeling proud of myself for getting my life back on track, and for learning more about staying healthy as we age.
I will be posting an update of my #2021YearOfHealth each month. I won’t be changing everything on day one. Even though I have become what I would call a little slack, I still live a relatively healthy lifestyle with basic healthy habits.
I’m hoping you will join me and support me in my #2021YearOfHealth. In my next post, I will be discussing my plans and thoughts for January.
When it comes right down to it, all I want from 2021 is good health, happiness and a little joy in every day. It would give me great joy to see my grandchildren and my son Steven and daughter, Lisa. It’s been over a year now, since I’ve seen any of them, and that is far too long.
How are you feeling about 2021? Have you chosen a word of the year or theme for 2021. I’d love to hear your thoughts and promise to reply to all comments.
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