New Year, New You!

People always discuss their plans for the new year; whether it be a health kick, a sober spell or to be more positive. What have you decided?

I’ve decided not to set a resolution this year because now I have my new hip – I already feel like a brand new person. I’ve completed my biggest hurdle to date by no longer using my crutches! Well, it didn’t happen overnight, of course. But I dropped down to 1 crutch and then to none. (With an extra big push from my physiotherapist).

Another fun moment; I went back to Zumba for the first time in over 4 years. Now, I’m not going to lie – it tired my poor brain just trying to work out how to get my legs to move a certain way and whether I even could. And I won’t deny that at first, I wanted to give up and admit defeat. I definitely looked at my first Zumba class in a negative way. I felt that I had focused so much on ‘How I used to be’ rather than the new ‘improved’ me. I needed to remind myself that I may not be able to run quickly, twist or jump but nevertheless I was having fun. And most importantly; I was happy!

I must have looked older than my years with my limited movement and focusing only on the smaller side-to-side steps and arm movements but for me that was enough. I had to take it easy as needed to be fit for work the next day and amazingly I didn’t hurt too much either.

So instead of dwelling on what could have been or what should have been. Let’s focus on the here and now. E.g. if I want to move better in Zumba; maybe I need to consider more physio or to lose weight in order to move better. If I want to be more positive – maybe set goals to enable me to see the hurdles I complete. So if you have something you want to achieve, don’t worry about the negatives try and focus on the positives. Give yourself a goal and even if you don’t complete it overnight; nothing is stopping you working towards it.

Lastly, as cheesy as it may sound – Pat yourself on the back; you deserve it! I hope your 2014 was as interesting and adventurous as you had hoped and here’s to 2015!

 

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