My #Last90Days Challenge
So I mentioned in my post about Rachel Hollis that I had plans to join in her Last 90 Days Challenge, and I wanted to write about the idea and how I’m tweaking it in case any of you would like to join along!
Quite a few of the…we’ll call them Gurus…that I follow online have been pitching challenges for the last 90 days of the year. The idea being that with the holidays coming up, there is the tendency to sliiiide into bad habits, overeating, etc…and before you know it, a quarter of the year has passed and it’s January again! We have Halloween with it’s candy corn (which I refer to as crack in my house), Thanksgiving feasts, and then Christmas. The stress, the parties, the FOOD. We get busy, and a lot of times our healthy habits fall by the wayside.
As someone who is still very much on a journey to lose weight and get healthy, the last thing I need is three whole months of the year where my health is not in the forefront of my mind. I’ve just spent two months in pain, where just…existing, although overly dramatic to write…was what I was doing. I wasn’t exercising. I wasn’t tracking my food because I wasn’t eating much. To say I was “On Plan” would be stretching things. I’m sure you get what I’m trying to say here.
So I have decided to jump on the Last 90 Days Bandwagon, although I’m not following it exactly as outlined by Rachel Hollis. I’m using her “5 To Thrive” as a a jumping off point. Starting on October 1st, HER Challenge consists of these 5 things:
Getting up an hour earlier than you normally do and using that time on yourself.
Working out for at least 30 minutes.
Drinking half your body weight in ounces of water every day.
Giving up one food category you shouldn’t be eating.
Writing 10 things you’re grateful for every day.
I think those are great, manageable actions that we should really all be doing anyway…but are also things that tend to fall by the wayside when we’re stressed or busy. These aren’t huge things. They are customisable. They are attainable and sustainable. But let me tell you how I plan to tweak them.
Okay, getting up an hour earlier than normal is going to be a big thing for me. I always hope to wake up with my husband in the morning, and rarely do…even though I know it makes him incredibly happy. I WANT to get up with him SO badly, but y’all…I have suffered from insomnia for YEARS, and my sleep is so jacked up. PLUS, he normally wakes up at 4:45 am, which is EARLY…and I have always been a night owl. For this my goal is going to be to wake with him every day. He rises early on the weekends also, just not quite THAT early. I usually hear him and roll back over, but I’m going to make a conscious decision to get up with him. That “spend time on yourself” portion of the goal can be done after he leaves for work. I’d like to spend that time reading the Bible, personal development books, listening to podcasts, journaling, and writing…basically getting back into my Miracle Morning routine, which kinda segues into the next goal.
For her 30 minutes of exercise every day goal, I think I’m going to try and hit my 10,000 steps a day thing again. There is no way I can hit that step count without actually exercising…so the 30 minutes will be in there also. But I REALLY want to hit that number on a regular basis. I’m not working outside the home right now, so for me get that number I have to work at it. I’d also like to start incorporating weights into my life regularly, as I’m already starting to see the effects of losing so much weight on my skin elasticity and muscle tone. This girl needs some muscles!! For this one I might make another chart for my refrigerator. I am highly motivated by gold stars y’all. I’m like a little kid with a potty chart! Plus, putting it up there for my husband to see makes me feel additionally accountable and proud to show off my accomplishments.
Drinking half my body weight in ounces of water makes me feel like I’m going to drown, but I’ve been told repeatedly by my legion of doctors that it’s a must…so I think it’s time to stop dragging my heels on this one. For most of you, it won’t be as big of a deal. But for me, that’s an awful lot of ounces!! I have no doubt that water, and staying hydrated, is extremely important to our overall health. And since I no longer drink soda, I only drink water anyway. I just need to be better about filling my big ole water glass up first thing in the morning and hitting it hard. Plus, actually tracking it in my app so I know how much more I need. Water folks. For most, this should be easy peasy. Doctor it up with fruit. Buy it sparkled and lightly flavored. I like Bubly and La Croix.
Okay, her next one talks about giving up a category of food. Most are doing things like giving up sugar, soda, bread, carbs, those sorts of things. What I’m choosing to do instead is actually track my food in the WW app EVERY day…EVERY morsel…and try my hardest to stay within my daily and weekly points. I’m already on a low-fat regime because of my gallbladder surgery, and I eat pretty clean due to being on WW anyway. The program works for me when I work the program. So now that I’m feeling better, I want to work it as hard as I possibly can in the lead up to the new year. NOW, my 25th anniversary is coming up in October, and we will be headed to Charleston for a week…and I know that, and can tell you that I plan on enjoying this vacation. I’m not going to beat myself up if I indulge a bit while I’m gone, as this is a once in a marriage trip I have planned, complete with the fanciest hotel I’ve ever booked. But every other day of this 90 days?? It’s on.
And lastly, although definitely not a small item in the overall game plan, we come to the gratitude journal. I know most of us have done this before at one time or another, and maybe some of you are great at consistently and consciously writing down things that you’re grateful for every day. I do it sporadically in my planner. I’ve always looked for planner pages that have a spot large enough to write two or three things down. But for the next 90 days, I’m going to use a pretty journal, and I’m going to write down 10 items every day that I’m grateful for. They don’t have to be huge. They can be pink lipstick, coffee, dog noses, my husband’s hands, Florence Welch’s voice, the sound of birds chirping outside, hot pizza, a cold glass of hard cider, my son’s sarcasm and phone calls from my daughter. But I want to actively be seeking out the good in every day. I think it’s important to spend your days LOOKING for good things, things that make you happy and grateful. Especially when things seem chaotic and crazy, and the world feels out of control. Gratitude is essential.
So, these are the things I plan on concentrating on for the last 90 days of the year, along with a ton of other folks online. I plan on sharing how I’m doing in my InstaStories, so if you’re on Instagram, I’d love it if you’d follow along. Accountability is great when you’re doing a challenge, so I’ll also post pics and check in on here and on my Facebook page. You can find the links to all my socials on the bottom of this blog page, but I’m CandidCstine everywhere! Rachel Hollis uses the hashtag #Last90Days so you can see what everyone else is doing that way.
Leave a comment and let me know if this is something you’d like to do along with me!! :)