So its 2022. Another year gone and a new one already driven off the forecourt. New year means new start and so we typically resolve to do things differently at this watershed moment in the year with a resolution. Im old enough now to know the pattern of behaviour I usually demonstrate with this act and its rarely a successful one. The best laid plans of mice and men…. But last year, I thankfully succeeded. I resolved to remove the booze from my life for the full year whilst getting fit by dropping my BMI from over 35 to under 25, and thankfully I succeeded.

So, fresh from the end of year splurge, newly invigorated and a little heavier again, I’ve made a new resolution. It builds upon the success of last year although Ill need a couple of weeks to undo the splurge and this year the theme is to S T R E T C H myself.

I feel like my weight/fitness issue is thankfully now under control so by way of capitalising on my new fitness, I want to move on to the next phase and stretch my mind as well as my body.

A few years ago I read nearly a hundred books in a year. My goal was to hit the hundred and I fell short but it was truly a wonderful experience for mind, body and soul. I’ve always been aware of the value of books and have always striven to read more than I do however usually that sentiment just results in a persistent guilt that I don’t. So this year the target is simple. Read one book per week, every week and to keep me honest I’ll write a review here on my blog of each book I read.

Secondly, another area I’ve known I should do better at is in physical stretching. I simply have never really done it at all apart perhaps grudgingly at the start of a run because everybody around me was doing it. So again, this year I resolve to stretch once a day and maybe throw in some floor exercises if the mood takes me. I’ll blog about it too, although perhaps a bit less regularly.

So there it is. A commitment in digital black and white. Watch this space for progress and growth.

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