It’s resolution time again my friends. I can hardly believe that a year has past since I last typed out some idealistic, but achievable resolutions. When I look back on last year’s post, Resolution Time, I had some great goals. Unfortunately, the road to hell is paved with good intentions. I did make some of the 5:30 am classes at Burn and they were fabulous, but I only managed to run one 5k. Moreover, I didn’t do well, which was disappointing.
Unfortunately, the pain in my left ankle ended up being more serious than tendonitis and tenosynovitis. I tore the tendon, posterior tibial tendon, where it meets the bone in my foot. That diagnosis and associated pain effectively ended my running career in 2018. As I wrote a couple of days ago, https://flhockeymomfit.com/dignity-in-aging/ , the tear in my tendon was compounded by newly discovered thyroid problems. Oh joy! There went my fitness goals for 2018.
I was relegated to the pool with my cast cover (affectionately called my cast condom) and my new Aquajogger belt instead of hitting the gym at 5:30 am and logging some serious mileage running. I totally fit in with the snow bird crowd. My only outlet was swimming or jogging in the pool. If I’m being honest, I totally suck at both swimming and aqua jogging. Nonetheless, I found a way to stay active while my tendon had me sidelined.
Sadly, I was prohibited from doing cardio once the severity of my thyroid issue was understood. Can I tell you that it’s been pure torture? I’m using to teaching Zumba four times a week plus running 20-25 miles during the week. The inability to do cardio is driving me crazy. Eventually I bought a nice new bike. My doc said I could ride it if I could do so non-aggressively. As it turns out, I’m not really capable of doing that on a road bike. Thus I’m resigned to riding the stationery bike.
As for travel, I had a fabulous year. I started the year with a trip to Chicago in January with the Mayor and Goalielocks. In February, Goalielocks and I headed to Massachusetts/New Hampshire for a tournament. That trip was a bit of a mess with Goalielocks’ injury. Nevertheless, we had a great time exploring the area before he got hurt. In March, we spent spring break in the Bahamas with our awesome extended family. April brought an amazing momcation trip to Turks & Caicos. The trip was absolutely spectacular. Finally, we hopped the pond to explore Sweden, Finland and Denmark in late October. I can’t wait to go back!
Lastly, I was able to take on responsibilities with the Broward/Palm Beach PanCan affiliate. This was my first year serving as team and individual development chair for PurpleStride. It was absolutely rewarding to be a member of the team! Goalielocks attended many of the meeting with me and volunteered with me at the event as well. This was one of my 2018 resolutions that I was not willing to break. Excitedly, we exceeded our fundraising goal for the event!
Last year was difficult, but wonderful. I lost a dear colleague in September, which was very hard. My family and I experienced some serious health issues throughout the year. Fortunately, 2019 will bring a resolution to my thyroid woes. I’m looking forward to a fruitful year in which I can get back to doing the things I love and feeling like myself. Honestly, I’ve been craving a run. If you asked me five years ago if I enjoyed running, I would have laughed at you. And now, I crave it. Life is so odd.
Here are my resolutions for 2019:
- Be patient in my recovery. I’m not a patient person, but given the risks I’ve been compliant with my doctor’s no-cardio/take it easy orders. Needless to say, I’ll behave.
- Focus on getting stronger – more weights/more days in the gym.
- Explore the world – nothing feeds the soul more than exploring the globe with the people you love!
- Run a 5K and not suck at it.
- Involvement with PanCan
- Blog regularly
- Eat to perform
I saw some great memes this week on new years resolutions. For example, people will pack the gym (like sardines) for the next 3 weeks only for it to be empty by February. While I didn’t meet a lot of my goals for 2018 as set forth in my resolutions, I also have to acknowledge that much of it was outside my control. So this year, if you find yourself unexpectedly out of commission and unable to meet your goals, be kind to yourself.
Happy New Year!