Updated: Dec 10, 2019
I am on day 8 of my 100 Day Live Your Best Life Challenge. I've had ups and downs this past week.
“Success doesn't come from what you do occasionally, it comes from what you do consistently.” - Marie Forleo
For a quick review, here are the seven habits I plan on completing daily for the next 92 days:
In bed for at least 7 hours a night.
Up at 5AM for morning yoga, meditation and journaling.
Follow daily Nutrition Plan.
Finish exercise by 8AM so I'm CONSISTENTLY exercising.
Work on my new podcast daily either recording, editing or interacting on social media.
Point out the positive things my kids and spouse are doing.
Start bedtime routine by 8PM so I'm not rushing to bed.
It's been an interesting week. First the successes. I've adjusted to the new sleep schedule pretty well. I start getting ready for bed by 8PM, in bed by 9PM, and up by 5AM. My spouse had his company's Christmas party this past week, and we were able to make it home by 8:30PM and in bed by 9PM! So that was a major win because I didn't think we'd make it to bed at our new regular time (he's doing this part of the challenge with me).
Secondly, I've been doing yoga (feels more like super stiff stretches), meditating, and journaling after I get up. I'm surprised I’m actually following through with the yoga piece because the last thing I want to do when I wake up is move anything in any direction. I'm a yoga instructor, but I have no desire to create my own morning routine. I need a non-thinking yoga routine taught to me. Also, my morning yoga routine has to be VERY doable. I am starting with 10 minutes of yoga in the morning. I like Sara Beth Yoga's videos on YouTube. Here is the video I'm currently using: 10 Minute Morning Yoga
Finally, I have been working on my upcoming podcast. It's been hard because I'm used to a co-host (or two) to talk too and banter with. This podcast is just me, sharing my wellness journey. It's hard to sit for 30 minutes, talk to a screen and wonder if what I’m saying is making sense or just pure stupidity. Honestly, I think its been more healing for me than anything else? We'll see what people's feedback will be in late December when it's released.
The not really a success, but not a failure either. I'm trying to make a point to tell my kiddos and spouse what they are doing right and appreciate them more. I honestly, assume they just know I appreciate them.... I mean.... is their ESP not working??? Everyday I've made a point to let them know what I appreciate about each of them. I asked my daughter if she felt like I was doing anything different this week, like letting her know she was doing a great job in her schoolwork, and her answer was "kinda?". I don't think I'm clearly communicating to the family my appreciation. So this week I need to try harder and up my game a bit.
Second.... my nutrition plan needs to be adjusted but I'm not sure how. I followed my plan, but I gained 3lbs. I know weight fluctuates, and I'm near my period... but I don't want this to be the new trend. I'm wondering if I should stick to my current plan one more week or if I should adjust my plan now and see what happens? I haven't decided what I'm going to do. For today I'm sticking with my current plan, so I have a feeling I may just stick with what I'm doing and see what my body does once my hormones calm the hell down. I’m unlearning a lot of old habits and letting go of fear around food. It’s hard. I want to restrict everything and force my body to do what I want it to do. The bottom line is I don’t want that type of relationship with my body. I really want to figure out what is healthy for my body.
Third, I exercised daily BUT I didn't get it done before 8AM. I'm not sure if the before 8AM thing is going to happen right now. I still feel fragile in my other habits and I think trying to get my exercise in before 8AM might be too much. So, I'm changing the previous habit exercising daily and completing my exercise plan. I did exercise for at least 30 minutes every day for the past 7 days.
The good news is I roped in three more women to do this challenge with me (muhahahahaha). They each have chosen two habits they want to incorporate into their daily routine (such as following a nutrition plan, exercising daily, etc). It's been inspiring to see these ladies work towards their changes, hear their struggles, and watch them overcome obstacles. It's early in the challenge, but each of these ladies show up everyday ready to make changes.
I'd love to hear your thoughts on any changes you are making in your life! Are you participating in a 7, 30, 60, etc day challenge? What is going well? What isn't going well? How are you overcoming your own obstacles? Message me on Instagram or send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org