Towards the end of September, I wrote a post outlining my plans to do Rachel Hollis' Last 90 Days Challenge. I, along with a whole slew of others online, planned to spend the last 90 days of the year working to, if not improve, at least not get in the backslide rut that tends to happen around the holidays. I vowed to write down a gratitude list at the end of the day, wake up early with my husband in the morning, get 10,000 steps in every day, drink half my body weight in ounces of water every day, and track my food. These were not huge lofty daily goals. I wasn't shooting for the stratosphere. Small steps meant to at least retain my health and happiness, if not improve it at bit.
Now, as we near the end of those 90 days, I figured I would let you know how I did on this challenge. If you read my last blog post, you probably know where this is going.
Let's start with the good news.
I was great about writing down my daily gratitude. I kept an Evernote template on my phone that was a sort-of evening assessment of my day, and fairly faithfully recorded ten items from the day that I was grateful for. Did I do it every single day? No. But I did it most days, which was a lot better than the previous months, when my thoughtful meter wasn't tracking nearly as well. I enjoyed trying to come up with things that were unique to THAT day. Not something that happened every day, or was always present. I didn't allow myself to fall back on my kids, my husband, my health, etc. So, daily gratitude was a win.
My daily water intake leaned more heavily towards great than not so great. While I slipped into some soda drinking again, my main fluid source is water...usually of the bubbly variety. But I've been much more conscious of how much I'm drinking. Plus, I've added that BIG glass first thing in the morning, which really helped to get me at least close to my ounce goal. Hitting half my body weight is still a lofty aspiration at times, but I'm working on it. And, I'm still considering water a win.
For the first half of the last 90 days challenge, waking up early with my husband went abysmally bad. He travels a lot. I took the opportunity to stay cuddled up with my dog in bed. He was home, and migraines kept me there late. And some days I just plain old didn't feel like getting up. But I did do it occasionally. Recently, especially since I got my job outside of the home, I've been waking up INSANELY early for me...and earlier than I need to for the job. I'm talking 0445 early. Even when I was working before I never got up this early. I'm enjoying having some me time before I HAVE to do things, so I finally understand why this is such a key thing for those who talk productivity. I FEEL better when I'm up before I need to. So, we'll give me a so-so on the waking up early goal.
Now, for the two that I failed hard at. I have not been good at either exercising or tracking my food the last 90 days. The last week? Yep, doing pretty good. The first couple of weeks? Yep, did pretty good there too. The rest of the weeks? HORRIBLE. I have no excuses. I didn't set the bar too high. I could've tracked the bad food I ate, and called it a win, but I just didn't. It's as simple as that. I chose ignorance over the way that I KNOW works wonders for me. But I'm not going to perform any more self-flagellation for the masses. I did crappy, and now I'm going to try my damndest not to.
So there you go. I'd say I cracked even on my #Last90Days challenge. A few wins, a few failures. I know I could do better, and I intend to. I'd love to know how the rest of you did. If you tried the challenge this year, please leave a comment and let me know how things went for you. Do you consider your challenge to be a success? Will you try it again next year? I almost feel like I need to do a #first90days challenge instead!! I have a lot of goals for 2019, which I’ll probably detail in another post. I’m sorry I didn’t take this challenge and run with it better. I guess it is what it is!