Fit Five Friday – Five Things to Achieve in 2024

Hey, hey, it’s Friday again! The 2nd one of the year!

This week we are talking about five things we want to achieve this year. This can be anything mental or physical health related and an addition to big hairy goals you’ve set for yourself, OR just be your goals for this year. I would say, for me, these are my goals but I reserve the right to be inspired later to add other goals as they come to me.

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Five Desired Achievements for 2024

25 parkruns this year

To be honest, this is a fairly aggressive goal I want to achieve this year, due to the fact that I very often need to be at my own parkrun to help. However, the volunteer pool has grown over the last two years, giving us not only more opportunity to run at home, but also the opportunity to visit other parkruns.

To achieve 25 parkruns I need at least 2 a month + an extra somewhere… So far I’ve done one (yay!) and have another one planned tomorrow (yay!) and will just keep my fingers crossed that our well-oiled machine stays that way this year.

with my friend Kirstin from Germany last weekend

Get Control over Stress

2023 was not a good year for me and stress. Most of it is coming from being in a bad situation at work. I’m currently working on moving forward, hopefully somewhere else but if not then I’m going to nip the stress in the bud myself. If there is anything I’ve learned in my 55 years, it’s that, mostly, whatever you are going through, the only person who can control the outcome is you, yourself. Some of the things that I believe will help me :

1 – Breathing: sometimes just taking deep, meaningful breaths can calm me down almost immediately!

2 – Positive Affirmations: this one will be more of a challenge because, while I support others who do this, for myself I find it a little hokey. But if it works for others why not try it??

3 – Joy “snacking”: throughout the day, no matter what, find something that gives me a feeling of joy. A friend of mine did this last year and I found it such a great idea! I do have a feeling that a lot of my joy snacking will have something to do with neighbourhood cats on my daily walks – haha!

4 – Respond (or don’t at all) rather than react: I think the events of the last year at work have really left me in a react mode rather than a respond (or don’t at all) mode and I want to flip that switch.

Continue my walk streak

I hadn’t made a decision if I was going to fully commit to another year of walking every day, but now I believe it can only have a positive impact on me. So, the first goal is 500 days, and the second is to finish out the year, which would bring me to 731 days.

Continue pursuing better mental and physical health

Since December I finally am under the care of a neurologist and an internist who will hopefully be able to help me figure out why I don’t feel well, don’t sleep well and am unable to lose weight. Not feeling good for quite a while now has had a major impact on my mental health. I am not against crying and letting things out but it’s getting really old and boring now. I want to feel good and “normal” (my definition, because what is normal anyway haha1 ) again. Like, for more than 48 hours…

Register and participate in at least 5 races

Last year I finally felt well and strong enough to do a couple of races and I had SO MUCH FUN! I would love to do at least 5 races this year. I am already registered for one in a couple of weeks (yikes, not really ready for it) so maybe I’ll even manage more than five this year!

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11 thoughts on “Fit Five Friday – Five Things to Achieve in 2024

  1. Renee, I hope you give yourself credit for the amazing thing you’ve done by establishing a local Parkrun. It is such a gift to the community and really took (and takes) so much dedication. I’m glad you have enough volunteers to be able to run yourself sometimes!

    I really hope your work situation improves one way or another ASAP!

    I LOVE the idea of “joy” snacks and hadn’t heard of it before.

    1. Thanks Coco, I do realise I’ve done a good thing. I do find it hard to pat myself on the back but I’m getting there :) I hope the work situation solves itself soon too, one way or another. I only heard about joy snacking about a month or so ago and really loved the idea as well!

  2. I agree with Coco. You are so inspiring with your involvement in ParkRuns.

    As well as your walk streak. I suck at those.

    I also agree about reducing stress. My job and family are stressors and it’s so hard to gain control… it affects every part of you r life esp sleep and we know how what happens when you are sleep deprived.

    So good luck and I hope you have a successful 2024.

    1. Thanks so much Darlene. parkrun and walking are at least easy for me to maintain :) stress is such a big thing for so many of us. hope you are also able to get a handle on it this year. and the same wishes to you. x

  3. These are all amazing! I’m sorry this year has been so stressful, but I love the plans you have set in place to accomplish your goals. You’ve got this.

    And I hope you let us “joy snack” too by sharing pics of the local cats you encounter!

  4. These are great goals! I agree with Coco – you’ve done an amazing job with the parkruns!

    I really hope this year is less stressful for you and that your work situation improves.

  5. These are great! I am sorry about all of the stress. Unfortunately, it will always be there but you have some great ideas on how to deal with it. I love the meme of the positive cat!

    1. thanks Zenaida! for sure stress will always be there. that’s also why I really want to and NEED to focus on long term ways to at least reduce it.

  6. Lovely to see your blog pop up and those are great plans. I have done my one parkrun of the year tailwalking my own one in order to keep our regular tailwalker company as she came back from being unwell! Well, I did three in 2022 so you never know …

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