Happy New Year!
Firstly, I would like to wish all my readers a Happy New Year 🙂
I cannot believe that it is 2018, seriously where is the time going? I always use this time of year to set myself some goals for the year ahead as I find it really helps to motivate me.
I also look back at the previous year and reflect on what I’ve achieved. If you have been following my blog, you’ll know that 2017 was a huge year for me. In terms of my back, it’s the year I pushed myself the most by setting myself a massive personal challenge – to raise money and awareness of scoliosis by trekking the Great Wall of China. This was without a doubt the highlight of 2017 for me and it’s made me want to keep pushing. If I can do that, what else can I achieve? I believe I (and you!) can achieve anything I set my mind to.
So what else did I achieve in 2017?
I had a quick look at the goals I set myself in 2017 to see if I achieved them, they were as follows..
- Focus on getting STRONG – I will be doing the 30 day plank challenge throughout January. I will also continue to go to Body Pump twice a week and gradually increase the amount of weights I can lift. I am determined to be strong enough to do a push up!! (Still can’t do those!)
- Related to the above, I’m determined to get into Pilates too.
- I really want to do a massive personal challenge of some kind and raise some money for Scoliosis Association while I’m at it (any ideas people? Let me know in the comments!)
- I’m thinking of signing up to a 10K race or half marathon. A half marathon might be a bit much but I like to push myself 😉
So how did I do? Well, I completed the 30 day plank challenge. I continue to go to Body Pump classes and have noticed a dramatic increase in my strength. I still haven’t taken up Pilates though, this is something I intend to do this year for sure. I completed a massive personal challenge by trekking the Great Wall of China, and I managed to raise over £1,400. I completed not one 10K race, but I managed to do 4 10k races, a 5k mud run and a 5k colour run. I also completed 17 park runs.
My other goal was to focus on and grow this blog, and I’ve managed to increase my blog visits to over 5,000 a month (from pretty much zero!) in the space of a year by writing and following my blog strategy.
My goals for 2018
Complete a half marathon (huge challenge for me!)
Do at least 10 10K races / running events
Improve my running speed – target 25 mins 5K by end of the year (currently around 28mins)
Join a running club
Complete a Tough Mudder
Go to as many park runs as I can, including trying some different ones, with the aim of reaching 50 park runs
Run 1000km in 2018
FITNESS / other challenges
Focus on increasing my strength – more body pump / strength work at the gym
Start core classes at the gym
Start Pilates classes – finally
3 peaks challenge – at least climb a few more mountains as I love Snowdon
I would love to do another massive personal challenge like Machu Picchu – watch this space!!
Take at least a month off for travelling – I love travelling. This is something I’ve wanted to do for years and I feel like I’m finally at a place in my life now where I can do it and achieve my dream.
Get a tattoo – something related to scoliosis and my China Challenge would be good as a reminder of what I achieved.
I’m really proud of what I have achieved with my blog in 2017 and I intend on continuing to grow it further in 2018. I have lots of ideas and will be working on a 2018 strategy over the coming weeks but if there is any content you’d like me to include, please let me know!
Also, if you or someone you know has scoliosis and you would like to share your story or write a guest post I would love to feature it on my blog, so please get in touch 🙂 I would also love to collaborate with other bloggers in 2018 too and attend some blogger networking events.
That’s all for now,
Happy New Year!
I had scoliosis surgery in 2010 and blog about my experiences living with scoliosis. My aim is to raise awareness of scoliosis and help and inspire others with the condition.