Health Focus (Goodbye 2017 – Looking Back #1)

The start of 2017 was hopeful. I had decided my Word for the Year is going to Focus and chosen a few things to focus on too… health, friendship, writing and reading, and on little things that matter.


At the beginning of the year, I hoped the year would be kind. While some parts were, the year was mostly a forgettable one. I was talking about it to a friend, and I really don’t remember much of it except for two trips, and a few meetings with friends. I thought, as the year dwindles down, it’s the right time to retrospect on those focus areas.

Expectation: To Focus on my Health:

There used to be a time when I would rarely fall ill, or take leave because of ill health. I want to try and get back those days. I’ve grown lazy, and that’s not something that’s good for the long run. This year, I want to focus on health. I’ve put on a lot of weight in the last year, so this year, I want to shed it. I will try to balance my diet more, and return to exercising regularly too. Not an overly strict diet that I can’t stick to, but small changes that’ll become a part of my routine with time.

How the year went:

Though the year was topsy-turvy, I am happy with how it has gone when it comes to this goal. I started the year by focusing on small changes to my diet. I reduced how much sugar I consumed, started drinking more water and reduced the intake of junk food too. It felt good. I felt more energetic. I started walking more than I had in 2016. Though that stopped in the middle of the year, I’ve thankfully gone into a routine now that I hope to keep going. Oh yeah, I’ve lost around 9kgs weight-wise. That’s decent, I guess.

I’m a bit saddened that I couldn’t focus on my emotions much. Mental health is as important as physical, if not more. The year has brought a lot of weight on my mind that I’ve found difficult to shake off. My grandfather’s death, expected yet unexpected, caught me off guard. A few friends have walked off from my life. Some office issues have added to that strain as well. All together, it has been difficult to take. But thankfully, a few friends have been there when I’ve crumbled, and helped to push me back to my feet.

I don’t know what the next year holds, but on this front, I want to try and do two things:

  • Continue the routine that I have with exercise and diet.
  • Try not to stress too much when life hands me those unexpected lemons.

(© Vinay Leo R. @ I Rhyme Without Reason,
20th December, 2017)


Poetry & writing are to me, a breath of fresh air in a life that is sometimes covered by the smoke of sorrow or self doubt. They also become the sweets I share to celebrate when life offers me a reason to. But most of all, they are to me, my life. For each word I write is a piece of my heart, a thought that just had to find its way into the world.

2 thoughts on “Health Focus (Goodbye 2017 – Looking Back #1)”

  1. Mental health and physical health go hand in hand. I’m glad physically your health was better and I’m sorry about your grandfather’s passing. It sucks when friendships end or change and those setbacks can have quite an impact on us emotionally. I do hope 2018 is kinder to you.
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