My regular readers might have noticed that I’ve been blogging a bit less recently. Also, I’ve been reading ELT blogs less than I would like to and that’s what I feel a bit guilty about. However, it’s not because I’ve lost interest in ELT but because my attention has temporarily been diverted from it. Two things have taken most of my time this year – 1) completing my four-semester course in the field of prevention of drug abuse at schools and 2) fitness and healthy lifestyle.
Don’t stop reading, my fellow English teachers. Both of the above-mentioned have more to do with my original profession than it may appear at first sight. The course has substantially widened my horizons in the field of psychology and therapy. It has changed me as a person and my view on social work in general.
While throughout the course I focused on my and other people’s psyche (the soul, mind, spirit, or invisible animating entity which occupies the physical body, if you will), my private life has revolved around fitness and healthy dieting (yes, it requires a lot of your attention and mental energy). Since June 2018, I have lost about 17 kilos (almost 38 pounds). This means that I virtually have a new body. I weigh less than I did when I graduated from high school. Inevitably, this has affected my personal as well as professional life a lot. Since I lost most of the weight over the summer holidays, my colleagues and many students could not but notice the change when I turned up at school in September.
Believe it or not, having a new body may, under certain circumstances, mean that you become a totally new person – to yourself and other people as well. From a practical point of view, life certainly becomes easier and more satisfying in many ways. This is related to the fact that your confidence increases tremendously. However, there is a dark side to it too. Since most people are obsessed with being slim these days, paradoxically, losing weight suddenly appears to be the biggest achievement of your life ever.
Some people see me as a role model now, which is good. I’ve got used to being constantly asked what on earth I have done and how the hell I have achieved such a substantial weight loss. The only problem is that I don’t have a secret recipe. I normally say that I’ve got into sports (mainly jogging and yoga). But it’s obviously not the whole story. What I think is that I simply made the right decision at the right time and then stuck to it. That’s it.
This, I think, applies to any change that happens in our life. If we are to lead a happy life, we need to make the right decisions at the right time and then stick to them for long enough for the desired change to evolve to its full potential. This is my motto for the upcoming year too. Wish me luck. 🙂
Happy new year!