I’ve thought reflecting on the past year would be healthy thing to do, though in the process of trying to write about 2022, I began to realize that I don’t really know what all to talk about. Looking at what I track, it is all mostly related to media that I’ve consumed. To better myself I should be doing this to help prepare myself for the new year. Does anyone have any suggestions to give me some direction? Even if it’s someone else’s post, that could be still helpful. Either way, I decided to change this post slightly, and focus on a brief review of my 2022 fitness journey.
I’m not happy about the lack of gym sessions I’ve done. In all honestly though this is not entirely my fault as I no longer have the means to get to the gym on a consistent basis that I’m in control of. So I can only go when the opportunity allows for it. My original goal was to go 5 times at week, though I would be happy with 3 to 4 starting up again as one needs to ease into it. Longer term I want to go every day of the week. I enjoy the gym, and I quite miss it. Even went as far as having a few trainers. I was making good progress a few years ago in reaching my ultimate goal of building strength, muscle mass, and agility.
Upon this review I realized that I need to do further tracking as just having how many sessions really doesn’t allow for finding areas of improvement. There is no interest for me to have how much weight I’ve lost, or how my body measurements have changed. I’m not overweight, I’m more underweight, and require gaining muscle mass. Hopefully I can make 2023 a better year in this area, and physically feel better for it.
- Total recorded session 11
Cycling is an area I very much enjoy, and can’t wait to get back to doing it again in 2023 once the weather permits it. My over all sessions are okay in my mind, but in all honesty I’m not happy with my results. My goal was to be at minimum 2,000 km (1242.74 miles), but wanted to achieve 3,000 km (1864.11 miles). Physically I am more than capable of achieving these goals. In 2020, I achieved 2,078 km (1291.21 miles) in 75 sessions. The main challenge is my mental state. To improve I will set up an affirmation picture frames that will use to remind myself each day that I enjoy cycling, and I want to do it because I enjoy it. Of course the affirmation picture frames will be for life, not just cycling. Wait, does anything else exist outside of cycling? Oh yes technology, can’t leave that out (smile).
- Total recorded sessions 56
- Total distance 1499.21 km (931.56 miles)
- Total time moving 80 hours 7 minutes and 39 seconds
- Longest distance 36.63 km in 2 hours 3 minutes and 11 seconds
- Average distance 27.25 km (16.93 miles)
This area I’m very pleased with, if I compare myself to previous years I have blowing my records out of the water. Once I realize how I could easily walk 10 km (6.21 miles) or more that mental barrier of thinking you can’t go that far just falls apart. This year, I had 4 sessions that came close or broke the 10 km (6.21 miles). The area I need to improve upon for 2023 is to just have more sessions of walking. Mentally again I feel we get ourselves to accustomed to how we physically should feel. You could call it our new norm. When in reality we can do so much more even on those days we convince ourselves that it’s too cold out, or I don’t want to deal with it. There was not a time when I went for a walk that I didn’t feel better afterwards. Though cycling does help in this area as well, it is not quite the same. I find walking more intentional, slows you down, makes you pay attention to what is around you, and allows for you to be more at one with nature. The major challenge is to try to find a balance of walking, and cycling. If I had the choice I would always cycle (smile).
- Total recorded sessions 25
- Total distance 6466 km (4017.79)
- Total time moving 21 hours 40 minutes and 4 seconds
- Longest distance 12.08 km (7.51 miles) in 2 hours 40 minutes and 24 seconds
- Average distance 4.57 km (2.84 miles)
Ultimately I need to put measures in place to keep me on track, so I am able to reach my goals. The challenges I faced in 2022 are still present today, with mental health issues, and financial issues that are mostly weighing me down. If I’m being truly honest, I’m improving mentally, but it’s the lack income that really gets me worked up to the point I’m concerned about the future. Saying all this though, I’m optimistic that I will in the end overcome these issues and have great achievements to talk about for 2023.
This is post 78 of 100, and is round 2 of the 100 Days To Offload challenge.