My #themeword for 2011 is fitness. In fact, it’s Chris’ themeword too!
I decided that fitness would be a good themeword for me as I was walking into work one day in early January. Of course I need to focus and work hard this year (especially being at an early stage startup without a lot of resources). Of course I want to continue to connect with the wonderful community and groups of friends I’ve made in San Francisco in the past year. Of course I want to keep up with my gym routine — which has proven to be wonderful for my body and brain since I began going last October. Of course I want to (continue to) have a great relationship with Chris — and maybe this is a year to focus on that since we’ve got a house, and life, and work routine now. I certainly don’t want to take our relationship for granted!
And it dawned on me that “fitness” would be an appropriate theme that united all these goals. Fitness in the sense of:
- workplace fitness
- professional and social fitness
- physical and mental fitness
- and relationship fitness
(Chris does a good job of spelling out in more detail what each of these “fitnesses” mean).
So after several week of searching for the right theme for 2011, I was pretty excited to have settled on “fitness.” I texted Chris immediately!
To my surprise, Chris replied back: “That’s great! Fitness was actually a runner-up themeword I was considering myself!”
We’ve never had the same themeword before but it occurred to me that it was appropriate to do so, especially since several types of “fitness” we are trying to achieve are shared together. Our relationship is an obvious one. Our social life is another (we are trying to go on at least one “friend date” a week, and HealthMonth is helping us make sure we do!). But our physical fitness is a third.
Back in October, neither of us had been to the gym in…oh, years. We definitely hadn’t been to the gym since we’d been living together in SF (a year and a half). We stay pretty slim from all the walking we do in the city (often 30 miles per week), but we knew that we didn’t have the best cardio health. However I knew that I’d only really change my routine if it was something we did together. And so we started going to the 24Hour FitLite on the corner of Church & 24th — about 2 blocks from our apartment.
(Sadly, Chris has now joined this fancy schmancy gym at Google so I rarely have a gym buddy anymore. I’ve got good ol’ HealthMonth to keep my act in line for fear of losing a “life point”…and so I actually have been going to the gym every week!)
Anyway, Chris and I decided that sharing a themeword this year would motivate both of us. It certainly has motivated me so far and I hope it helps him, too. Either way, there’s only moving forward and there’s only good things that await in 2011! Cheers to that!