It is traditional at this time of year, or at this point in the decade, to review and reflect on what has passed. I’m only going to look back on the last 8 months as that’s when all the fun stuff has been happening (plus I’ve got a poor memory and have only documented, through this blog, the last 8 months).
This, my 56th year on this Earth, has been a momentous year for me. The dictionary definition of momentous is: very important because of effects on future events. This year has been that indeed but my own definition of momentous is: full of moments. And this year has been momentous.
The year for me started with the realisation that something, me, had to change. It was a change that only I could make and, being such a big change, it had to be planned. In March I joined a Facebook group that promotes Mindful Drinking (non Facebook link https://joinclubsoda.com). Through recommendations I bought and read Allen Carr’s Easy Way to Control Alcohol and by the end of April I was ready to stop drinking. This was a big step. I’ll not go over it in this post as it’s recorded elsewhere in the blog (go read it if you’re new, or even if you’re not. 😀 ) but suffice to say it has changed my life.
I followed this up later in May with another project. One of the stupidest things I’ve ever done.
I started running!!
And I’m still running!!! I’ve changed programmes, had injuries, had illness, had doubts but seven months on I’m still trying. I’ve completed three 5Ks, with another coming up tomorrow, but the goal is to run a full one. At the moment I have penciled in the 22nd February for that goal so watch this space.
“Once you’ve done your 5K you’ll be doing 10Ks, half marathons and marathons next!”
“Eh, Naw. I’ll be sticking to doing more 5Ks. I know my limitations.”
Another moment was realising that stopping drinking and adding exercise alone were not going to get my body into a better shape. They helped me get healthier but I was still very overweight. I’ve reversed that now and while I’m not yet where I want to be I’m getting there. For the record I’m now 25lbs lighter than when I started recording my weight in August.
These are just some of the moments that have made this year and are things that I have done. Things I have taken the initiative and started. Things I am proud of for myself.
There have been many other “moments”:
A great weekend away in Germany with RRCF Walking football
Winning the Scottish Cup with RRCF Walking football
Winning the Raith Rovers’ Christmas Cup with RRCF Walking football
Going to a rock gig (standing only) for the first time in years
Enjoying my grandson, his walking, his inane ramblings, his endless energy, his smile, his laughter, the devilment in his eyes when he knows he shouldn’t be doing something
My niece’s wedding (finally)
Kirkcaldy half marathon (I wasn’t running but enjoyed the event)
The 5Ks I have “run”
My family – we’ve had so many moments I would be here forever
My wife – we’ve had some moments I couldn’t repeat here and some I could but won’t
And so many more
Tomorrow I’ll post about the New Year. My hopes and expectations. But for now thank you for the feedback I receive about this blog. On here, on Facebook, on Twitter and in person. Thank you for reading and being a part of my life.