Going into the colder months on the back end of 2014, I’m starting to feel a little sluggish. Shorter days, a colder bite. Instincts are kicking in to hunker down.
Almost a year ago I made a new year’s resolution:
“Work out at least once a week. Every week. Without fail. All year.”
Since those first few weeks of 2014, I’ve logged over a thousand bike miles and dropped fifty pounds.
And consistency outdoes intensity, every time.
I had no intention to (and no idea that I might) lose that amount of weight. Real results happen in increments. Every goal was an easy and approachable one that built on the one before it.
Once a week. Then 20 miles a week on the bike. Then twice a week. Then added 5 running miles a week. etc. I threw in some nutrition input from a specialist and I still feel great.
In 2013 I ran 0 miles. In 2014 I ran over 300 miles and did a half marathon in pretty decent time.
I hope to carry this experience forward as well as the learning and refined intuition that came with it.
In 2015 I will choose new areas of progress around sleep and meditation as well as 500 miles running.
Distance running and meditation are very similar in terms of developing focus and patience, zoning out and zoning in to go just a bit further, and then just a bit further; enjoying a flow as you go. I expect to unlock even more potential in 2015.