I know I know, we all do this right? Start a new idea, do your best to stay on it and then slowly, but surely, it fades and you don't engage it in for a few months. That is this blog, and that is most peoples New Years resolutions. You have great intentions on sticking to it and changing your lifestyle, but most people fade within a few months. This blog was never meant to be constantly updated, so I am okay with the fact that I haven't written on here in a few months.
I do want this post to be more about reflecting on my 2016; how my decisions and actions have led me to where I am today, and how starting off 2016 I didn't think I could do it. Any of it. Loose weight, be happier, be more active, stay in my career path, find love (which didn't happen, but that's okay). I never make New Years resolutions because I worry that labeling them as such jinxes my willpower to continue on them.
The things that I wanted to change in my life, starting in 2016, were insanely achieved. I started off the year fat, like, fat. I was determined to change that. Looking back, I cringe. How was I okay living like that? I didn't care. And thinking back, I realized I didn't care because it was always about someone else. I vowed to myself that I could no longer live like that. Fast forward 365 days and some may call me crazy for my 2-a-days at INS, for my half marathon and #TeamAwesome registration, for starting Crossfit (which by the way, rules, in so many ways), and for my willpower to eating healthy. It has not been easy, at all. It took a lot of hard work. Tons of aches and pains, tons of them. Lots of early mornings, late nights, food cravings and wishing it all just came with a push of a button.
But, I put in the time, I ate real food, I sweated my balls off; 6 days a week, a few times a day. I ran in blistering heat to train for the race weekend. I didn't drink booze for weeks. I said no to hanging out with friends because I committed to the gym, I ditched going on dates because douchebags aren't worth ditching the gym for. I did all of that. So if you think you can do it any easier, you can't. Success takes hard work. Now look at me though; I am not where I want to be, I don't think any of us will be, but I proved myself wrong, I'm sure I proved others wrong, and I stayed focused, determined and became stubborn as hell with myself that I could do it.
2016 sucked for a lot of people; from America (for too many reasons), to all the celebrities who passed away, to the Middle East and this horrible fight these people are stuck in, to innocent Pitbulls in Montreal, to friends who lost family members and for loads of more reasons. Through all of these sucky things, I realized how god damn privileged I am and how I shouldn't be taking any of it for granted. I have a job, which I love, I have a few really amazing people in my life, I have a roof over my head, I am healthy enough to go to the gym every single day, I have enough food to keep me alive. Like man, I am lucky.
So yeah, I look back at 2016 as being super successful for myself. I did a lot of things. I achieved a lot of goals and I want all of that to continue into 2017. I will continue to bust my ass at the gym, try to new things, eat well, meet new people, maybe go on a date (haha), and continue this sweet life I have.
Be grateful for everything that you have. If you don't like something in your life, change it. If you're reading this blog you're most likely pretty privileged, compared to most of the people in the world. You have to capability to change anything in your life. So do it. Not everyone gets the freedom and the opportunities we have.