Hokay. New Year. Mostly lost habits that need to get regained. And a lot of not-pleased with what the last several months of stress and anxiety and depression and car accidents have done to my body. Clothes are much tighter than they should be, body is less mobile, in general I'm more creaky than I'm used to. I need to pretend I'm back at square zero, forget where I was, and try and be productive. My 2019 over arching theme is really about trying to not let life push me one direction or another, actually steer the boat of my life, and productively aim for my goals. Once I figure what those goals are. *Ahem*
1) Small Veggie intake: Four servings of veggies a day
The last few months have seen a drastic drop in my veggie intake. Four servings of fruits and veggies a day is needed, and I'm not counting carrots which I inevitably snack on. And by servings I don't mean the dinky "real" servings, I mean RP-sized servings (read: A pound of broccoli is one serving for me for dinner).
2) Small Movements: Some physical activity a day, even if it's just mobility
Because of the car accident my physical activity level has dropped pretty much to where I was before I joined NF. Okay, maybe not that bad, but still pretty bad for me these days - especially since I've been clued in on how important physical activities are for my brain. So if I'm not doing aikido or having done Yoga/NP for a day, I need to do something at home. Anything. Probably stretching, foam rolling, and mobility work. Just move.
3) A Small Pause: One song's worth of meditation at work during lunch
I'm bad at stopping. So I'm going to try and get some meditation work under my belt. We have a quiet room at work (that's decorated with my photograph!) that I can use for a few minutes when I would normally eat lunch and work and/or check NF. Music is a nice, natural timer, a single song isn't likely to last longer than 5 minutes, and a noonish vanishing will not be noticed much for a couple minutes. And maybe I'll find it to be a nice recentering in the middle of the day.
4) A Small Story: Finish reading one book before the end of challenge
My reading hasn't been super on point these days. I started reading Dune (finally) just after the new year, and plan on finishing it before the end of the challenge. It's a pretty easy read, but also very long. So we'll see what happens, but I should be able to pull it off. I want to read at least 15 books in 2019. I used to be able to do that without thinking, but it's been years since that's been the case. Trying to get back into that, and also get some self-help/improvement books in the rotation (that'll probably lean heavily into the philosophy part of things, since that'll at least keep my interest).
So yea, that's the next month. Should be doable. For other 2019 goals that are going to be the topic of the year:
Testing for Shodan (probably April, as I no longer have a say in the matter - though I'd prefer August)
Attend 4 seminars in 2019 (one per quarter)
Figure out what aikido is to me (vague philosophical question, but relevant in that this year I want to be driving and lately I have felt my aikido plans have been more forced on me from others)
Get my back 100% healed
Get back down to ~16% body fat (lower is a bonus)
Start looking into how to purchase a house or condo (savings for down payment have been happening for a couple months now, now that loans are gone)
I'm sure some other things will pop up over time this year. But it would be super if great problems can hold off for at least 6 months while I get some shit together again.