At the start of the year I took inspiration from a river running through the village and pondered on how occasionally it spilled over in a fit of pique, lost its way and some control temporarily but then sorted itself out and got back on track. Little did I know how out of control it would get.
As many of you have heard, the village of Comrie was flooded not once, but twice this year. I was fortunate to be on the ‘right side’ of the river and avoided the trauma of the river on the rampage. My thoughts are with those for whom havoc has been wreaked, especially over the festive season.
Nature is not an easy beast to tame and the destruction when she rages out of control it can be beyond comprehension. As the year draws to a close, it seems there are a number of other areas out of control: The economy continues lurching forward in a troubled way as does our love affair as a nation with alcohol and food. Sometimes it seems we are hell bent on our own destruction so now is the time to think about regaining some control, at least over the areas that we can control so I have a few challenges for you:
Once I have toasted in the New Year I plan to take up the challenge of a dryathlon, a month without alcohol which is being championed for cancer research. Join me with a dry start to the year or sponsor me if you want to.
My second challenge is to join me again and ‘Get up and go’ for a minimum of 10 minutes a day and extending this to 30 minutes by the end of the month. I started the year with the intention of managing half an hour of something every day on the exercise front and built that up to managing an hour three times a week. I’m really chuffed that I have stuck to my goal. It has meant a compromise sometimes with two lots of 15 minutes or two lots of 30 minutes and I’m almost there….
Next challenge is to join me in a Nordic Walking starting and finishing at Scone Palace by Perth and raising money for breast cancer. To help you train for this, I’ll be running ‘Half Hour HIIT ‘ sessions. HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Training – a great way to boost fitness, charge up your metabolic rate and manage your weight. I’ll base this around Nordic walking with some resistence exercises and if you join me at the start, this will work for any level of fitness.
My final challenge is to control your weight. I have got my weight under control this past year thanks to following my own medicine. This next year I am going to share my secrets with those who are interested and launch an online course ‘Aye Can Take the Weight Off’. This will be available at a reduced rate as I trial it, so if you are looking to control your weight, get in touch before Jan 10th.
So what kind of year will 2013 be for you? Will you be in control or out of control?