It’s that time again, where I start to think about what I want from the coming year. Last year I didn’t write down my vague plans, which is a shame, so this year I’ve made a page (link) and as I complete them I’ll cross them off. Plus I’ll keep adding new ones as I think of them because this is by no means the complete list. I’m sleepy as I had work last night and my memory banks are not allowing easy access right now!
Most of my goals are self-explanatory but I thought I’d go through a couple of them.
One thing I’m really, really excited about is revisiting the Harry Potter studio tour. When I went previously I was about 21 stone and I was exceptionally disappointed with my broomstick photo.
When I’m at target I’m going to go back and do it again, even though the tickets alone cost about £40 and you pay extra to have any official photos done. But it means a lot to me, so I’m willing to pay it.
Another goal I want to concentrate on is doing a press-up. I’ve always wanted to be able to do it but my upper body is so gosh darn weak. I can lower myself down but then after a second collapse in a heap, and I can’t even do a modified version on my knees! I will have to start off by doing it up against a wall and work my way down, at the same time as using my kettlebells to build up strength that way.
As for the weight loss side of things, that’s pretty straight forward. First of all I need to get back into the 14 stones, and quickly, because I was so happy to be there and I feel crap that I messed up. But what I’m most looking forward to is fitting into my salopettes properly as they are tight around my tummy, especially when I sit down. So next winter I’m going to be able to wear even more layers underneath them and be extra super snuggly at work!
Sexy, aren’t they?! I’m actually really proud of myself for being able to wear them at all, and I count that as one of my favourite achievements from 2017. They’ve been supplied at work for years but this is the first time I’ve been able to fit in them and feel confident enough to actually wear them. One year work provided a boiler suit which was so cosy, but I had to get it in a 2xl (they came up large anyway) and I only wore it once because people straight up laughed in my face as soon as they saw me. That was a cold, cold winter in the workplace. Next winter though I’m going to be at my maximum confidence and comfort level!
There are a few things I want to do relating veganism, and that involves some kind of activism which really frightens me. The word alone is scary, but it doesn’t necessarily mean protests or anything like that, it can be as simple as contacting companies and asking for them to make vegan versions of their wares or encouraging them to get Vegan Society certification. Or (and this is where I’m most comfortable) just spreading the word. I did start to write a blog about being a vegan and doing Slimming World, but I didn’t like it so I deleted it. Instead I have created Hayley the Vegan which will encompass every aspect of my vegan life. I hope to share with people what I’ve learned so far, and to demonstrate how easy it is.
Another thing I’m curious about is bearing witness, but I need to do further research. I think it involves going to see the animals as they are transported for slaughter, but what I really want to know is if it actually makes a difference because I couldn’t put myself through that for nothing. There’s an organisation near me so it would be easy to get involved, but one short video I saw of a single pig just before Christmas disturbed me and kept playing on my mind for days (it still does if I’m honest) so I’m not sure I could even do it. But it also doesn’t feel right for me to look the other way. I don’t know, it needs further thought…
One thing I know is that in July I was wary of even using the term vegan, because I just wanted to cut out anything to do with animal products, but as I learn more about how animals are treated the more I feel I just have to do something, anything, to help. It sure is more than just a diet.
Me and my brother have our holiday planned for the end of May, and even if we don’t end up doing everything we want to, it is still going to be AWESOME. We’re intending to climb Ben Nevis, but it’s a lot more dangerous than Snowdon so if the conditions aren’t right then we are prepared to abandon the attempt. Also, if we get part-way up and it’s too dangerous to continue, then we simply have to come back down. We can always try another time anyway. It’s scary, but good scary.
Right now I’m so tired that my brain has turned to mush, so I think it’s time to stop this rambling post. I’m currently on day three of being back on plan and feeling wonderful for it. So I’d best get dinner started because letting myself get too hungry could mean disaster.
Most of all what I must say is HAPPY NEW YEAR! And thank you to everyone who has made 2017 hands down the best year of my life so far. I’m not settling though, 2018 is going to be even better!
Thanks for reading, now and over the last 12 months.