To be honest, 2019 wasn’t a great year for me. I struggled with motivation to exercise and suffered from numerous injuries which put me out of action. I also re-gained weight after losing 26 kg last year. I’m really hoping that 2020 is better. To help prevent injuries, we are taking wwoofers more regularly to stay with us and help around the garden, which seems to be the root cause of all of my injuries.
Here is a list of my goals for next year.
I am aiming to forge a new career path for myself and ultimately generate my own income stream. This is a long term goal. I have a few ideas on how I am going to achieve this and will update you as things progress. I’m keen on developing Anita’s Garden and creating a bespoke gardening business. I already have my first project. I will be assisting my former boss who lives in London remotely, with his large garden. I’m keen to remain active during the New Zealand winter period and seeking projects in the Northern Hemisphere is one way to ensure that this happens. Before I take on paid work, though, I need to ensure that it is possible to help people remotely. As I assist him with his garden, I will provide reports on my blog.
In the Circle
I plan to continue developing In the Circle, my online lifestyle magazine in blog format. This encompasses Anita’s Garden, the original gardening blog which In the Circle grew from. If you would like to contribute to my blog or want me to feature you or a project, please get in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I intend to maintain the garden that I currently have. I will be replacing one rose which died (the first rose I have lost since I started gardening in 2012)
Health and fitness
One of my main goals for 2020 (and indeed the coming decade) is to continue on my health and fitness journey. Despite its ups and downs, I’m in it for the long haul. This includes healthy eating and tracking my calorie intake with the app My Fitness Pal. For exercise, I intend to continue going to Les Mills Howick as it’s a great gym. I now see my personal trainer every six weeks for a programme update and weigh-in as it was too much seeing her once a week and weighing every week. I also plan to continue running and swimming, which are covered separately below.
I want to continue running, focussing on 10k. I hope to join the second half of the YMCA 10k Summer Series at the Auckland Domain. If I’m well (ie I don’t have a relapse) and I’m able to get a place, I’d love to do the Motutapu 10k off-road race in March, but we’ll see if I’m fit enough to handle it. My old boss at Bell Gully who used to be an avid runner as well told me that it’s tough. I’m a bit upset that I missed the first half of the YMCA 10k Summer Series, which began in October this year, but you can’t look back. I’d also like to enter the Sri Chinmoy 10k races held at the Auckland Domain during winter to keep me fit. I’m still chasing Maureen, one of the instructors at Les Mills Howick who also does them and hope to one day beat her!
I’d like to continue swimming recreationally at the local pools year round. My goal during summer is to go to the pools every day in the evening, if possible, for a 45 minute swim.