Right around this time of year I like to take a moment and reflect on how this year has played out. I feel quite lucky that this year has been really positive for me, with very few if any standout negative moments. I moved to London, I’ve had a couple of holidays, my career feels like it’s progressing in the right direction and i’ve now got a pet house rabbit. All in all, 2018 has provided me with a solid foundation that’s going to allow me to keep progressing into the future.
Thinking ahead to 2019, there’s a few key things I want to start doing better.
Every year I set myself a target of reading 30 books in one year and every year I get further and further away from achieving this goal, despite having the best intentions of reaching it. Looking at the last 6 years, i’ve read this many books, based on my Goodreads:
It’s been a sharp decline, and I’m wondering whether I need to vary the type of books I read. I tend to only read non-fiction and autobiographies. Maybe this year I should include some fiction too.
One idea I have to increase my reading is to have one evening per week where I spend my time reading rather than watching TV or Netflix.
A couple of years ago I had never seriously stepped into a gym. While I’ve learnt a lot since then, I haven’t been anywhere near consistent enough to really reap any benefits of going. From everything i’ve ever read about the gym, consistency is the key to any sort of results. Therefore my goal for 2018 is to go to the gym 3 times a week every week.
My plan is to follow Jim Wendler’s 531 BBB workout plan which should be doable as 3 sessions a week. I had some decent success with this in the past, so i think i will continue with this one for a few cycles.
Bench Press: 70kg
Overhead Press: 42.5kg
I feel like I should be able to add 50% to all of these lifts, and squats should be even more given that’s they’re in such a poor place at the moment.
From mid November to mid December i took part in a 30 day challenge where the goal was to go meat free for the entire 30 days. I’m not a big meat eater – I don’t like seafood at all nor am I that keen on pork – but I do have a soft spot for red meat. Going meat free for 30 days was amazing because I felt so much healthier and it pushed me to avoid or adapt dishes I would typically go for. I also tried a lot of vegetarian replacement foods which I actually really enjoyed.
Therefore for 2019 I want to cut out meat from my diet except for special occasions. This will allow me to actually appreciate the meat the animal it has come from rather than mindlessly consuming it the way I have in the past.
I’ve wanted to have my own blog for a long time, but i’ve never quite understood what exactly i would blog about. That feeling is starting to change, so i want to start publishing bits and pieces on here. My plan at the moment is to publish two pieces per month on this blog. This may seems like quite a low number but I genuinely don’t know how achievable this is. If i find i’m blowing this goal away i will revise it in the future.
I think reviewing the books I have read along with my progress in the gym and food should give me enough content to hit the 2 entries per month, along with various other topics.
These are my resolutions for 2019. I don’t think any of them are unachievable with a bit of work, and I hope broadcasting them this way keeps me motivated and accountable for them.