Based on previous years’ lack of success keeping my new years resolutions, I’m going with one that’s impossible not to keep. This year my new years’ resolution is to not make new years’ resolutions. Ignoring the obvious logical problem with that previous sentence, this will make 2017 the year that I don’t fail to keep my resolutions.
Having said that, I’m still taking the opportunity to make some changes in my life. The most important change for me will be to actively work on improving my health and fitness. I’ve found myself in the unenviable position of being unable to keep up with my young son (who seems to have unlimited supplies of energy). I’d like to think that I can play chases for more than a couple of laps round the house, so it’s time to fix that.
This time around I’m trying an approach used while I was doing my basic training for the Australian Army Reserve. At the start of training we were told that we were not permitted to drink soft drinks or alcohol, nor eat any junk food for the first week of training. After the first week we would be allowed limited amounts of soft drinks. Right after that announcement our PT instructor took us on a horrendous workout, running 2km around the perimeter of the barracks, interspersing the running with push ups and sit ups.
I think it’s fair to say that none of us was able to complete the workout (in fact I know there were a couple of guys vomiting by the end of it). But, it was a good way of being able to measure progress. At the start of the two week training, I was unable of doing more than a few sit ups at a time, could barely do 10 pushups, and couldn’t run more than 1km without getting severely winded. By the end of training I was in much better shape, being able to complete a 2km run followed immediately by a 10km march and finished up with a run through the obstacle course. I was still knackered at the end, but I’m pretty sure that I wouldn’t have made it through the run or march at the start of training.
So, I’m not planning anything as extreme as the PT we did on basic training, but I will be cutting out booze, soft drinks and junk food for January. I’m also going to be adding in some workouts from The Primal Blueprint Fitness (PBF) book (signing up to the email newsletter is required to download the free ebook). I’ve used this previously, and found it a good way to exercise, as none of the workouts require more than 30 minutes time to complete.
So far things have gone well. I successfully survived a whole day surrounded by the remains of the snacks we had for new years’ eve without indulging (although it was a very near thing…), and managed to remember that I’d sworn off booze shortly before getting a beer out to drink with tea. All in all I call that a success. I completed the PBF self assessment, and found that I was nowhere near as fit as I used to be (not that that was a surprise). The big surprise was that I won’t be starting at level 1 for all the heavy lifting workouts, which is what I was expecting, to be honest.
Anyway, here’s to a good start to 2017, the challenge is going to be maintaining the momentum.