Jan 20, 2015 – it has been about 20 days of my latest 30 day challenge.
My token measurement system worked well until today when I ran out of the appropriate change in my change jar. 🙂
So I counted the change in the token jar, took stock of where I am, logged it on a paper that I stuffed in the token jar and returned the rest of the change to the change jar.
As a reminder to you dear reader, I have finished the whole 30 challenge in December and now want to see if it has made a lasting change in my food awareness. My simple goal was to have 60% paleo meals over time. I’ll admit it has been a challenging 20 days. Very stressful. With all the normal life challenges including invites from friends to eat out and social obligations around the kids that fill my life, my daughter and her friends. Two yummy birthday celebrations.
So how did the last 20 days stack up?
Well, I have a current 30 day goal of 3 miles walking on the treadmill every day for 30 days. I mark that goal by dropping 1 quarter in the jar for every mile walked on the treadmill each day. On day 20, there were 60 quarters because I met the goal of walking 3 miles a day, even on days where I had to work more than 12 hours. I’m pretty proud of this accomplishment and now have 10 days to go to meet the 90 miles goal.
On a personal note, I find walking on the treadmill incredibly boring. However, I have combined it with an activity that I haven’t had the time for recently, reading. I am well into my 5th e-book in the last 20 days. One hour a day of reading along with my walk have made it all bearable. I am now averaging 11,000 to 16,000 steps a day due to the addition of these 3 miles. So all good.
My jar contained 36 dimes (one per paleo meal) and 24 dollars (one per non-paleo meal) Oddly that was exactly 60%. It was fun to see that I met that goal without really focusing on it. There were days where I had two non-paleo meals. I wondered if I had done myself a bad turn by doing that. I feel pretty good about the 60% rate of paleo meals. I’d like to do better and now that my daughter is back at college, I have less distractions. Not no distractions, but less.
I have decided to start a new 30 day challenge today. I have decided that it might be nice to be on day 11 of a new challenge as I hit day 30 of the current one. The last 10 days seem to be easier while the first 10 are harder. I’m trying to use the end game motivation from one challenge to carry me into another one.
My new challenge? 30 sit ups a day for 30 days. 900 sit ups done in the end. I have a friend who did a 100 push ups a day for a hundred days challenge. This is my shorter wimpy variation of his challenge. 🙂
My theme for this year is changing my life 30 days at a time.
I’m hoping to build some momentum and carry each 30 day challenge into my life in a 60% way after the challenge is over.
If you are still reading, thank you for your support of my continuing life change experiment. Day 20 of the 30 days of 3 miles a day and day 1 of the 30 situps a day both done.