Before I begin this post, I want to apologize in advance for the next week or two of my blog. I haven’t read a book since early December and I’m in a bit of a reading slump. On the other hand, I’m hyper-focused on health and fitness goals at the moment, with the rest of my attention going toward trying to nurse my ten-year-old kitty Ash back to health. I have a bunch of things I want to post about but they’re all pretty much on the same subject. Normally, I prefer to mix things up a bit. It’s not going to happen right now, though. So let the health-related posts begin, and I promise books and other subjects will come back soon. Heh.
In November, I tentatively joined a Meetup group in San Antonio for plus-sized hikers. In early December, I went for my first event – a hike through the park nearest me, the park I’ve hiked through hundreds of times. I figured that since I was going to be nervous my first time out, I needed to be on familiar ground. And it was great. There were seven of us on the hike, and it was a friendly group. I signed up to do a few more things – several hikes, a group movie the day after Christmas, and a vision board party.
I’ve made two vision boards over the last decade. Back when I joined Sparkpeople in 2011, vision boards were talked about quite a lot. Eventually, I made myself a personal board, though to be honest, it didn’t quite follow normal vision board rules. I didn’t make it until I had almost finished my weight loss goal, and every photo in it was from adolescence and young adulthood, pre-pregnancy. In it, I looked back on what I was to try to get there again, rather than taking into account how different a 35-year-old body is from a 20-year-old body (that has never carried a child).
Then in 2015, I made a new vision board for myself, focused on personal attributes that I wanted to improve. This board, focused on becoming strong, flexible, healthy, kind, and confident, became the background to my Wellness Wednesday button. This board was certainly better than my previous, but at the same time, I liked it less. It felt less personal, and incredibly vague. Maybe just too broad.
For this new vision board party with the Meetup group, we were told to pick out a specific goal for 2020 and focus on that goal for this board. The goals could be anything, from weight loss to job promotion to buying a home. Immediately, I had one come to mind. This board would be my running vision board: I want to become a runner again.
This is the first time I’ve worked with a physical vision board, using magazine cutouts and the like. Sadly, coming down with an upper respiratory infection the day after Christmas, I wasn’t able to attend the big party with my group (which I’m told was amazing!). Instead, I spent that day on my bedroom floor, in my pajamas, sorting through magazines and building my board. Maybe I couldn’t attend, but I could be there with them in spirit!
I am really pleased with how this came out! I surrounded my road of runners with the other ingredients necessary to succeed at this goal: healthy nutrition, good sleep, cross-training, strength-training, stretching, foam-rolling, a support system, and lots of positive thoughts. It’s impossible to say where I’ll end 2020, but the goal is to be more of a runner than I currently am. As I said in my 2020 goals post, this is the Big One. Time to rack up the miles!