When I found out that the Chic Site was doing a last 90 days challenge for 2017, I was all in because of a couple reasons:
- I love a good challenge- it’s in my design to love a good checklist and to want to see a challenge in front of me to take on. I’m not actually all that great at finishing all of them. I’ve learned as I’ve gotten older to have a good dose of reality and grace (without making excuses).
- The “why” behind it made a lot of sense- much like the “love of challenges” I have, I have a love for new year’s resolutions, but a look at the statistics of completing those isn’t great. It wasn’t until Powersheets this year that I’ve actually made progress on goals throughout a whole year. This challenge is all about going into the new year with momentum instead of mailing it in and saying “I’ll do better once the new year arrives.”
- The last challenge she did at the beginning of the year was helpful- It was New Year, Do You (instead of New You) in recognition of the fact that you’ve got to set good goals for yourself in order to accomplish them.
I was SUPER excited about that my husband is even doing it with me and this first week was all about perseverance.
I decided to post this graphic every day for 90 days. It’s the 5 to Thrive List, personalized to me. The items are that you should get up one hour earlier and use that time for you, drink half your body weight in ounces of water, give up a food category you know you shouldn’t eat, workout for 30 minutes a day (even if it’s just a walk) and write down 10 things every day that you’re grateful for. The first day was exciting and of course, I got it all in.
This graphic was one I saved from the Chic Site email to refer back to and it’s so true. What was interesting is that on Thursday, I listened to a podcast interview with Jon Acuff and his new book is called Finish, and he talked about how just finishing the things you start makes you drastically different than most people around you.
The second day was the first day I didn’t get everything in. Not only did I not get my water in, I had a Dr. Pepper at Bible Study. But I didn’t look at this day as a failure. I forgot to pour out Monday’s coffee from the pot (so the cups I made Tuesday morning just mixed in with the old and let me tell you, it didn’t taste good). I also got focused on helping a friend organize her garage and forgot to be drinking water. I did get my workout in (chest + back workout from Lauren Gleisberg), I did get up on time, and I did journal 10 things I’m grateful for in my Day One App. On Tuesday morning, Rachel had reminded us that this challenge isn’t about perfection or we wouldn’t be here. If we could all do these things perfectly, we wouldn’t need to be challenged to do them. I was not making excuses- just trying to be real because it would have been super easy to leave those checkmarks on that graphic from the first day and just not really bring it up. No one I know in real life is actually doing this with me, except my husband, and he isn’t on social media. So the lesson is re-learned: I’ve got to be much more proactive on busier scheduled-days than on our normal days where we spend more time at home.
On Day 3, I was able to learn from my mistakes and be proactive in getting everything done. My big takeaway from the day before had proven what Rachel (sure, I’m just assuming that she’s okay with me calling her “Rachel” like we’re friends in real life) had gone over in her video about having to push through the habits and patterns you have to create new ones.
Despite having one of those more difficult parenting days, I was able to prove to myself that I could still take care of myself. I didn’t have to use that as an excuse to throw everything I know I should do out the window and just make bad decisions. Using my bigger water bottle helps me drink more water. Having my workouts scheduled out for the week takes out the daily decision (aka opportunity to make up excuses not to do it) of figuring out what to do and it is super helpful. On Wednesday, I did Glutes & Cardio from Lauren Gleisberg and Yoga Booty on the Tone It Up Studio app. It was easier to get up early when you want alone time so badly that you’ll do anything for it. I use my silent alarm so I don’t disrupt my husband. Drinking more water made it easier to say “no” to Dr. Pepper. I did so twice without it being a big deal. I’ve loved focusing on one gratitude point for each day and finding other things about that. For instance, Wednesday night we went to church and we’re going through a study on marriage. Most of my list of gratitude stems from that- I’m thankful for marriage, that I’m married to my husband, I’m thankful for the grace he offers me daily, for how hard he works to provide for us, etc. etc. etc. Perseverance- fixed in direction in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.
Thursday came, the week is almost over, the newness is kind of wearing off. I did not get a workout in that day, but I got everything else in. This is also the day I heard that podcast interview about finishing well, and I remembered a point I heard from Lara Casey. It’s about more than just being able to finish something you start. It’s about starting the things that matter.
When you know that real life change is happening and you want it to happen, pushing through the hard becomes the gift of character and perseverance to keep on doing hard things. We go into these days working as hard as we can that day, not remembering failures or striving for perfection, just doing the next thing in front of us.
Friday, we had a full day of homeschool co-op and errands, but I took my giant water bottle around with me. I still got up early, still avoided Dr. Pepper, and got a workout in (albeit later in the day) and have loved using my Day One app to journal in. I’m considering figuring out how to save to get the subscription so I can use it on my computer too (it’s so much easier to type on my computer!)
The first 5 days are done and a new challenge is coming tomorrow and then the second theme next week! Can’t wait!