Happy new year!

Well it was the obvious title for the first post on my blog of the year, cunningly posted on the 1st of January. Happy New Year everyone! Firstly: thanks to people who have liked and followed my blog so far. Secondly: as you already know the beginning of 2015 will be a bit of a odd one for me. I have, however, been thinking about the bigger picture of the year, and looking beyond the up-coming fun and games in the hospital, hence the inspiration for this post. I have certain things that I would like to achieve over the next year, which I am going to share here.

In previous years I have made similar plans for the year, and sad to say that I’ve had limited success with seeing a lot of them through. This year however, things feel different. Things have changed in my mind-set that will allow me to change things, and to actually achieve things this year. Bizarrely this operation has been a big positive turning point on a number of levels.

Firstly: its made me take a look again at my work/life balance. I know that I have previously been working a lot of long hours, for other companies and lately on my own gardening company, and ignoring “me time”. I am now looking at other ways in which I can provide the income I need to pay for myself, but also providing myself with a much better time balance, in order to look after myself a little better. One way of achieving this is through working with a company called Forever Living, which I have done a lot of research into before and since joining them. There certainly is a lot of potential for the company to give me that work/life balance that I am after. I know that there’s a lot of work to do in order to get there, but I know that it is very much achievable. I started with the company a couple of months ago, along side other jobs, and so far I seem to be making progress.

The fact that the operation itself is quite a big thing for someone to encounter, has bizarrely poked at the determined streak in me. I obviously can’t know how long I will be recovering from the operation itself, and (going against my stubborn streak) I won’t be overdoing it. I know how important it is for me to take things nice and slow as to not screw things up. But I am determined to gradually build up my strength afterwards and pick up the things that I want to do in 2015.

I really want to get back to the gym. I went for a while last year, and really got into it for a while, saw some encouraging results. Then work and other stuff got in the way. Now with the operation on the horizon I’m taking things easy; I’m trying to spend a lot of time resting to get myself into as much of a healthy and relaxed state as I can in order to give me a better head-start on the road to recovery. Once I am in a fit enough state (as in not just me thinking that I am there, but the doctors giving me the all-clear as well) I am going to start off lightly at the gym again, taking things one step at a time. It’s a long road to get back to where I was and go beyond that, but in line with this new lifestyle I am going to mould, things are looking promising.

Along side this I want to improve the diet and nutrition side of things, exploring more styles of cooking and discovering more recipes. I am also going to get back into martial arts training which I used to be pretty active in. As with the gym other things got in the way. I look forward to getting back into this; aside from the fitness I used to train with a great bunch of people, so seeing them again will be awesome.

Annoyingly this is all dependent on firstly the state that I am in after my operation, and secondly how long it takes me to get myself together. Slowly but surely, when I am ready I will get on with this all. It kind of feels good having this goal to aim for afterwards. Once again: the support from family and friends makes all the difference.

I think thats all I wanted to say for the aims for this year. Thanks again for reading people.

KBO

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About tomcoppin

Hello! I'm Tom, and have started this blog to share my experience of living life with a condition called Crohn's Disease. I've had the condition for a long time and have recently undergone surgery, hence the scar in the picture. I want to share my experiences to raise awareness of Crohn's, as well as helping out people who have been diagnosed. If you have any questions then feel free to message or comment and I will answer! Have a great day people. KBO
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