Hello and welcome back to the blog! Can you believe it’s already October? I feel like I say that about literally every single month once we get past mid-March, but this year has been a total shit show. I think that’s one thing every person on this planet can agree on. Covid threw a wrench into everyone’s plans for 2020 and if you’re anything like me, you’re just ready for it all to be over with and back to some semblance of normal. I’m trying to feel hopeful that things are starting to trend in that direction, but we still have a ways to go. But enough about that, on to the main topic of this post!
I’ve been seeing and hearing a bit of chatter about the last 90 day challenges. Almost everyone starts the year full of good intentions and promises, like kicking the year off with a 30-day yoga challenge, and somewhere around April, things just kind of fizzle out. Maybe work picks up (or completely stops, in the case of this year) or your motivation takes a hiatus, but usually, something happens to derail all those good intentions and promises you made to yourself on January 1st. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that! Trust me, if starting over was an Olympic sport, ya girl would be a gold medal contender.
Which brings me to the 90 day challenge (and yes, I’m aware this blog post is about five days behind an official 90 days until 2021). The basic concept of the challenge is to take these last 90 days of the year, and use them to help start the new year in a better place. Whether that be physically, mentally, or emotionally to me. I know some of the people I’ve seen talking about doing a challenge like this are doing it through a specific company or following a set guideline produced by someone else, but for me, this is a chance to get back on track and kick 2021 off with some better habits than I have right now.
I started out in a fairly good mindset. I did my Yogapalooza challenge, and got back into running in February, but then things just went awry. As they usually do, because good intentions don’t get you very far with dedication and motivation. And I lack both those things at times. So I’ll be the first to admit, these last few month I haven’t been taking the best care of myself. Vitamins didn’t even make it to the backseat, they didn’t even get in the car, and taking my thyroid medication felt like more of hassle than a help. The sofa seemed more inviting than running, and forget about attempting to eat healthy. Fast food and gluten filled goodies were the name of the game. The snack game at the office is not weak at ALL!
So, I’ve decided to take on my own Last 90 Days challenge in order to help bring some healthy habits back. I know how much better I feel when I’m taking my vitamins and medicines properly, as well as eating well and exercising. And how much less stress I feel when my house is organized and I have things planned out, like dinners and lunches for each week. I’m doing the 90 days as a whole, but also breaking it down to a month by month and even week by week basis. Mini-challenges if you will. October has been about sticking to my dinner calendar, bringing my lunch, making sure to get my thyroid medication and vitamins each day, and slowly but surely getting things organized.
Next month I plan on focusing more on skin care and properly scheduling my workout and such in to make them habits for the next year. Then in December my focus will be on maintaining my new habits through the remainder of the holiday season and trying to not get off track, which is so easy to do during the winter months when the fireplace and blanket cuddles with the dogs are far more appealing than getting miles in outside in the cold!
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