Monday, December 31, 2007

Reflections and plans

Woot! New Year’s Eve…..time to look back and bask in the glory of the year that was. Er…yeah.

Actually, 2007 was a bit fun-sucky a lot of the time. But I’m not going to dwell on the negatives – I’m all about looking forward. So, here’s a quick summary of some of the events of my year and then I’m moving right along…..

The good:

We sold our tiny little house that was bursting at the seams with – well, with us – and signed on the dotted line to buy a little piece of suburban paradise, complete with kangaroos, frogs and various other wildlife. And of course, plans are afoot to build ourselves a McMansion, starting real soon.

Business-wise, things were great; I had some fantastic clients, who worked really hard and I was excited to see them achieve some great things - including Peta's well-deserved Body Blitz win.

I had the good fortune to 'meet' Liz online and late this year made the very wise decision to sign up with her for some online coaching. In a few short weeks, I've seen some huge improvements in my posture, my strength and fitness are on the way up, while the scales are heading nicely downwards.

In April I made my annual pilgrimage to Sydney for Filex and the chance to catch up with my fitness pals, including Selina, Debbie and Jay. Plus I finally met one of my heros, Lindy Olsen, in person - THAT was a highlight, for sure! Oh, and I also learned some stuff while I was there. :)

On the family front, things have been great. The kids all did well at school, with Number One Son passing his first year of uni and The Baby finishing primary school. And they're all happy and healthy, which is the important thing.

And to top it all off, I got through Christmas without gaining mega-kilos, and without depriving myself of anything I really wanted. My weight this morning is precisely where it was 3 weeks ago, before all the celebrating began. Go, me!

The bad:

Selling our house was not a lot of fun. Keeping your home in a spotless state in case prospective buyers came by, whilst still living there, is a REALLY big ask when you have 3 kids.

Moving house joins my bad list – it was over 20 years since we’d last moved, and I’d obviously forgotten just how bad it is. And we still have to do it one more time. Ugh.

The really, really ugly:

I spent a good 4 or 5 months wallowing around in a fog of depression, which saw me taking one step forward and about five steps back in terms of fitness and body composition….. Training and nutrition were a struggle, and on top of that, I was really battling with constant pain from various recurring injuries and underlying postural problems. Winter was just one big fun-suck. :(

BUT, after all of that, I'm not only still standing, but I'm coming back stronger than ever. ROAR!! :) I've also learned a few lessons about taking a more balanced approach to life. Let's hope they stick. I’ll just add that Bike Boy deserves a medal for surviving my craziness, but all he gets is my undying love - luckily he seems pretty happy with that. Awww.....

So onto 2008! And I have some big plans. I’m still formulating them, but just a few of the things ahead of me include:

A brand spanking new FitBodies personal training studio, along with the new house – yay! I’m going to have fun fitting that out. :o)

Phat Camp in March. Can’t wait!

Maybe another trip to Filex….I don’t really need the CECs but there’s always something new to learn and plenty of inspirational people to meet (or to just hang around and stare at, all kind of slack-jawed).

The continuation of my quest for improved fitness, increased muscle and the resolution of my postural problems, ably assisted by Liz. Competing is also back on the cards – but we’ll see how I shape up over the next few months before I make a final decision on that one.

So, a happy New Year to all – I hope that 2008 brings you everything you desire. But I'll let you in on a little secret: your heart's desire is unlikely to just drop into your lap. You have to work for it…..



Anonymous said...

Hope u have a wonderful NYE. I hope you get everything your heart desires in 2008 and i look forward to reading about all of your adventures.


Chris H said...

Happy New Year Kek, all the best for the coming year. New home, yadda yadda yadda... you and me both. I wish we were already sold though, still on the market, still trying to keep the house spotless!!!! Oh well, it can only get better.

LizN said...

Dear Kek,
And a fantastic New Year to you too my friend. It's definitely been fun meeting online - I'm sure when we meet in person it's going to be a riot!

BeepBeep said...

Great reflecting. And thanks - my year was made so good in part by finding you. Which was nearly a year ago i think. I remember reading your archives about your Christmas 06 and some post about that boutique chocolate shop?!

Thanks for everything this year. Happy 2008!

Ronnie said...

Happy New Year To Kek and Co. Hope it is everything you hope for and even more. I have never been able to wrote down the things I desire, but you have done it so very well.


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