During October I actually ended up not really improving much in my life. The hospital episode put me in a worst situation (as I had little to no activity for a week). A good friend suggested I concentrate on a few of my goals, one at a time. Well the health goal is the key so it will be the focus for the next few months. During October I started the 10,000 steps a day challenge at work. So far I’m really struggling to get that much done. I’m aiming by the end (5 weeks) to get up to the 10k average. Last year in my team (team’s always have 10 staff members) I just managed to finish top of my group (I did a calf injury right at the end). This year just getting the average completed will be a good effort. This challenge is part of my employer’s “Wellness Program”. Something I actually appreciate much more than when they started this program a few years ago.
After getting out of the hospital I found out that someone I went to high school with (and played tennis against) died of a heart attack. Matthew Galea was only 32 years old, fit and active and not overweight. I found out about this one week after my hospital scare. If I had known in advance I probably would have been in more of a panic when I was unwell. Luckily for me I’m in very good cardio health but it really makes you think about how short life is. This news more than any other thing I’ve experienced this year affected me the most. I’ve actually started to look into volunteer work now. I have a motivation/drive to actually do something that matters; usually I allow distractions to get in the way. Maybe this time I won’t. I’m planning on November being a big month for health and community spirit. I should also find out about my promotion I applied for at Child Support Agency in Victoria. Referee reports were supplied recently so I’m probably only got a week or 2 to find out. Whether I want the job or not now (given the increased responsibilities and less flexibility) remains to be seen.