If you follow me on Instagram, you know I started a new challenge last Tuesday. This challenge is one that I made up and I did base it loosely on the famous 75 Hard Challenge. I love challenges! They really help keep me on track. I love the idea of lists and checking things off each day. I love to highlight a spreadsheet and keep calendars and such. All these acts are the secret sauce to assist me as I trek along striving for a happy, balanced life.
I’ve come up with 10 practices. Really 9 things because 1 of the 10 items is a rest day. Back when I was trying 75 Hard, I found it very difficult to work out every single day. Rest is so critical and I’m taking Sundays as my rest day from working out.
I’ve got the 9 challenge items grouped into 3 categories. The first is what I am calling my self care. #1 is to stick to my diet. I feel so much better when I stay on track. I went way off track last summer when my daughter and her family were visiting from Illinois. I’m talking way off track! I was eating Little Debbies that I bought for the grandchildren. I even got a cheeseburger and a milkshake when I took the grandchildren to Cookout! Whenever I go off track like this, I tend to go crazy! Even after the vacation was over, I slowly gained back 20 pounds! Right before Thanksgiving, biscuits and gravy, were my kryptonite. I had to drive a lot for work and I found myself stopping at Hardee’s for this deliciousness. I don’t want to give too much information, but my body quickly let me know this was not good for me. Along with the weight gain, I developed a UTI. I thought I was going to die! Okay, a little dramatic, but for someone who normally stays so very healthy, I knew right then and there I had to get back on track.
#2 is drinking enough water. The gallon of water that is required in 75 Hard, was too much for me. But water is critical and I’ve set the goal of drinking half my weight in ounces. I still have to stay focused though because I want to get in all my water before 7pm, so I can sleep better.
#3 is the exercise. I did like the 2 workouts a day in 75 hard. And I loved that one of the workouts needed to be outside. What I’ve been doing is getting in my outside walk on my lunch hour and then either doing a Beachbody workout in the morning or a getting in yoga session at night.
Now the next section is all about my faith. #4 is by starting each day with a prayer of Thanksgiving. I thank God for all the blessings he has bestowed on me and I pray I can be a blessing to others. #5 is making sure I am taking some time each day in prayer and devotion. I’ve been listening to Joyce Meyer and Proverbs 31 ministries. Joyce Meyer has been convicting me the most this week. I love her! #6 is to perform an act of random kindness (ARK) each day. The fine print of the challenge says to keep these ARKs anonymous and secret if possible. I mentioned on Instagram, this part of my challenge has been the most transformative. When you start your day in Thanksgiving and then look for ways to be a blessing to others, you don’t have much time left in the day for troubles.
The last section is pretty random. #7 is to work on my Big Sky Goal. I learned about big sky goals from Kris Carr. I use her Results Journal and they really help keep me focused. If you try to keep in mind the most important thing you are trying to accomplish in your life and schedule time to work on it, that’s when you start to see RESULTS!
#8 is one that I learned from The Fly Lady years ago. She advocates shining your sink each night. And let me tell you, you can’t shine a sink unless you have all the dishes done. I’m very bad about letting dishes pile up. I always rinse them out but if the dishwasher needs to be emptied, I often just leave my rinsed dishes on the counter until I get time to put the dishes away. Ron is a big help but he doesn’t like to help at night. He’s all about helping in the morning. Funny thing this week was now that he knows about my challenge and that I’m not going to go to bed until I shine the sink, he hopped out of his Lazyboy the other night and started helping. (Turns out he had an ulterior motive about getting me to bed but hey, I’ll take it! Ha!)
#9 is a small self care habit that I struggle with. Flossing my teeth. I go on spells when I’ll floss every night but it is so easy for me to slack off if I’m not careful. I have a dentist appointment coming up and I’d like to not get fussed at for once about my gums.
There you have it! All 9 steps that I’m shooting for to help me live a Fruitful Life. 10 steps if you count making sure you take a rest day. Even though I’m aiming to try and hit 100 days in a row, don’t forget that all your blessings are renewed each morning.
Lamentations 3:22-23 Good News Translation
22 The Lord’s unfailing love and mercy still continue,
23 Fresh as the morning, as sure as the sunrise.
Galatians 5:22-23 New International Version
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
Do you like challenges? What are you working on these days?