It is that time again. That time to look back on the past year and look forward to the new one. 2013 for me has been an amazing year. Full of good times and people. It is also a year where I got to experience some intense emotions. I turned my life around this year I think. I started it in 2012 and really made it happen in 2013.
I am really settling in here in Spain. I moved to a new apartment again, with new flatmates. I started going to Crossfit, which completely changed my life. I’ve been to so many cool places in 2013 with the 2 highlights being Norway and Morocco. Two countries I had never been to before and thereby fulfilling one of my new years resolutions from last year. Morocco was an amazing trip, for me it was the first time to leave Europe, which made it extra special.
Let’s look at last years resolutions.
- Go to two countries I’ve never been to before
- Learn Spanish!!! (this one I really have to do!)
- Learn how to kitesurf
- Cook more
So, I fulfilled the first one. The second one I don’t even want to talk about. I still don’t speak Spanish and I have not taken any real effort in the whole of 2013 to learn it either. Which I am not proud of. I have no excuse for it. The only thing I can say is that over the last year and a half I have turned my life upside down. I moved to another country, I changed my lifestyle, I fell in love and I learned new sports. I had so much new stuff in my life that I did not manage to fit Spanish in there too. Life has been overwhelming, in a very good way. I could have put more effort into Spanish and maybe I even should have. But even so I am proud of what I’ve accomplished since I am here and even though I do get embarrassed when I have to admit that 1.5 year in Spain has not thought me any Spanish I choose to look at the things that I have learned and accomplished in this time. And that, in my eyes, is quite a lot.
That said, I do feel that it is about time that I do start to make a real effort into learning the language. Where I live it is very easy to ignore it, because almost everyone speaks English and you don’t really need to speak Spanish to get by. But I am starting to get to know more and more Spanish people and it is does get very frustrating to not be able to communicate properly with them. I also feel that it is a wasted opportunity to not learn the language when surrounded by people to practice it with. I even think it’s a bit rude of me to not make the effort to know the language yet. I am in this other country and right now they have to speak another language to be able to speak with me. It should be the other way around. I should speak their language with them. I am very aware of this and sometimes I get upset with myself for not having the self discipline to put in the time and effort. So, yes, it’s going on the list again this year.
Learn how to kitesurf.
Well…. in the technical sense I guess I failed. But, in some ways I think I can say I fulfilled this one. I have been practicing kite surfing. I took some more lessons and I bought my own kite and been out with it in the water several times. But, I haven’t been able to do the waterstart and get up on the board yet. The thing with this sport is that it’s not possible to practice it whenever you want. You need good wind conditions and in my case, as a beginner, flat water help as well. Because of my job I only have the weekends to practice and not every weekend has good wind, and when there is good wind it’s not always good for my kite size (too much wind can be dangerous, not enough wind makes it impossible to surf). And then there is also this thing where I sometimes plan other things in my weekends. All in all I have been out in the water less than 5 times since I bought my kite. And most of those times the conditions weren’t really perfect.
But for me the important thing is that I’m trying. And every single time I do get to go out in the water I have so much fun and feel so completely happy that it is worth every frustration that comes with the sport as well. I can’t wait to practice more and more and more!! Therefore my new motto is:
“Don’t plan. Just follow the wind!”
I think I did well on this one. When I started doing Crossfit I started feeling like absolute crap. Because it is such an intense thing on the body, those workouts. The first week I literally felt like I had been in a car crash. And I could tell that my body was telling me that it needed proper nutrition. I’ve never been interested in nutrition. At all. When I met Anita and she told me she studied nutrition, the first thing I told her was “promise me to never tell me anything bad about the food I eat”. That’s how much I did not want to know whether food was good or bad. I fully believed that food is meant to taste good and that is why you eat it. Who cares what’s in it.
Now I have the complete opposite view on food. Now I believe that food is what you need to fuel your body. I now eat certain things because it contains specific macro nutrients that I need instead of just having a craving for this or that. The problem was that I knew nothing about food. So around the time when I started Crossfit I really started looking up a lot of information on the internet and educating myself. I found that there are a lot of different opinions on food and what is good for you. I think the most important thing is to listen to your body and to not get too extreme. There are a lot of diets or food lifestyles that are very hard to maintain and in the end will not make you happy. For me, I try to eat conform the Paleo lifestyle, but not in a way that I follow it very strictly. Paleo is something that attracts me because it is very much about eating natural, unprocessed foods, but also about trying out what works best for you.
For me it mostly meant that I started eating a lot less bread and “bad carbs” and a lot more vegetables and meat and fish. In the beginning I cut out rice and pastas as well, but I found that it was too hard to get enough carbs with just veggies so now I do have rice as well. And I do eat bread and pasta as well. I just don’t cook it myself. So I eat it a lot less than I used to. I also stopped eating crisps or any snacks/sweets really. The only sugar explosion I do have almost every day is chocolate (dark). I also stopped drinking diet coke completely. On rare occasions I will have some, but I found that I don’t really crave it anymore. Which is amazing to me as I used to drink at least 1 can of diet coke every day.
The thing for me that worked is that I cut out bad habits, but not limiting myself to never eating certain stuff again. My habit of drinking diet coke, of eating crisps, of having bread with chocolate for breakfast. All those habits are gone. That doesn’t mean that when I go to a friend and they open a bag of crisps that I won’t have any. I’d probably have a lot. And I am the first one to try out all the tapas every time I go out with friends. But the beauty is that when you have good habits it doesn’t matter much when you sometimes indulge in something bad. And I have also found that the food that is good for you usually is the most delicious food as well!!
So, all in all I think I did pretty good on my resolutions last year. Time to make some new ones .
1. Start speaking Spanish
Instead of writing down ‘learn Spanish’ I think I really need to start speaking it. People keep telling me that that is the way to learn it. Which is so annoying to me because 1. I’m shy and 2. I’m a perfectionist when it comes to things like that. I will not send you a Spanish text unless I’m sure I used the right words. I will not say something to you unless I feel confident that I’m not saying something stupid. People tell me that I will never learn it if I keep thinking that way. I will try my best to overcome that “wall” and start speaking it!
2. Visit a country I’ve never been to before
I did 2 last year to make up for 2012. This year it’s back to the normal one.
3. Be the best version of myself (keep improving with crossfit)
They have this nice motto, which is ‘Be better than you were yesterday. Every day.’
4. Be more outwardly happy
This is a difficult one.. Or.. maybe.. I’m not sure.. The thing is.. I am a very happy person. I appreciate all the things in my life and feel an overall sense of happiness whenever I think about all the beautiful things I have and can do in my life. I experience a lot of intense moments of complete happiness. However, some of the people that are close to me tell me that I complain a lot. Which I can understand. I do complain. I complain about my work all the time, because even though I appreciate my work, my work also drives me crazy. That is not because I’m unhappy with my job, it’s because I’m passionate about my job. But yea, I complain. I also tend to complain when things don’t go my way. For example, I’ve been wanting to go to Sierra Nevada for a while now and always somethings comes up: I get sick, people cancel, something else comes up. Which is not the end of the world, but I REALLYYYYY want to go, so I complain that I haven’t yet. I think the thing with me is that I don’t outwardly express my happiness as much as I feel it and I do outwardly express my frustration as much as I feel it. So to other people it may seem like I’m a grumpy complainer. Which I am so not!!! So.. I’m gonna try and improve on that. Less complaining and more showing of how I truly feel. Because I really am a very happy person.
Those are my resolutions for 2014. I’m going to take it as it goes.. like I said before.. don’t plan, just follow the wind. I really want to spend as much time as possible in my happy place, which is either at the beach or in the mountains. I’ll go wherever the wind may lead me .
I do have some Crossfit specific goals as well. There are many movements that I can’t do properly yet and overall I just want to improve (more endurance, more weights, etc), but here are some specific ones that I would like to work on.
- Be able to do a hand stand push up (I can’t do a hand stand now)
- 50 unbroken double unders (I managed 10 for the first time a couple of weeks ago)
- 10 strict pull ups unbroken (this might be a bit of a challenge, I can do 2 unbroken now)
- 24 inch box jump
FELIZ AÑO NUEVO!