The 30 Day Hitting it Hard Health Challenge I committed too has just come to an end. I will be totally honest and say that I completely bombed it! When I started a meant well. My first week I had a yucky stomach virus. Even so I usually mentally renew my commitment every new week of the challenge. I started the challenge because I had already completed two 21 Day Fix challenges and I wanted to step it up a bit and challenge myself.
However one of my weaknesses is that I over-schedule myself. I just try to do too much at once. Then I struggle to balance everything. In the last 30 days, I started this health challenge (clean eating, working out, etc), a Beach Body coaching challenge (also a fail), co-hosted a 7 Day Crock Pot Challenge (going on now), written many holiday related frugal living articles, worked another part-time job, taught Sunday school, managed my family (with my husband and 2 girls), managed my home, and more. Basically, I have a life!
Then I have this period where I get so overwhelmed, I start to emotionally withdrawal and it's hard to find motivation for everything. It's all part of trying to live life and reach goals while dealing with depression, which you can read about HERE. It's not an excuse, it's more of a reason to have to fight harder. I'm kind of embarrassed to admit my failures because it feels like a weakness. The perfectionist side of me berates myself for failing. I hate that feeling! This challenge, I failed at working out every day and meal planning (which is one of the most important things). I also ate at least one thing every day that was not clean eating. I didn't drink a whole shakeology shake every day.
The silver lining of completely failing a health challenge is that you can see what “real” habits you have already changed. I've talked about them before but for me its these things:
- Hydration. 64-80 oz a day is part of a daily habit and always will be. It's amazing how much it's changed how I feel.
- Conscious Eating. No more sitting on the couch eating a whole bag of chips without realizing it. I'm better at portion control and consciously deciding when I'm going to eat healthy and when I'm going to “cheat.” It's all about awareness.
- I Enjoy Working Out. I actually hated the days I didn't work out well or get to the gym. I really enjoy that atmosphere and knowing that I'm doing something good for myself.
I still have plans to do everything above during the holiday season, but I think I'm going to save my next 30 Day Health Challenge until the first week of January. It's a great time to get started. with the new year. I'll announce the challenge when the time gets closer. If you want to join me , please send me a message at [email protected] or contact Kim HERE.