Happy New Year’s Eve! I hope you are as excited as I am to be starting this challenge tomorrow. If you haven’t yet, be sure you do the two pre-challenge prep tasks. Print out calendars and choose your three words. If you are not sure what I am talking about, refer back to the First Post for the information. Be sure to join our Facebook Group to connect with others participating in this challenge.
Let’s get started! Take some time today to really look at the calendar. Notice how we have specific things happening on the same days each week. We are going to start making these tasks habits; and the more we work on habits, the more likely they are to stick around.
I will tell you now that Week Two: Organize Your Home, will be the one that will take the most time. I encourage you to not worry, you will be able to accomplish it! We are working on preparing ourselves, and I wanted you to be aware to of this for the challenge. However, we are here to discuss the first four days, so here we go!
Day One: We’ll start off with a 10 mediation session. I like to use the Insight Timer App or the Guided Meditations on Do Yoga With Me. Find a quiet, comfortable spot to sit down, and allow yourself to relax for 10 minutes. Take some slow deep breaths to begin and push any thoughts from your mind; just allow yourself to be.
Be sure you also get your planner, a folder (any basic one will do), and a journal by today. The link I included was to my post last year where I shared my thoughts in choosing a planner. You don’t have get fancy, just choose one you feel will work for you. The calendars you printed can be stored in the folder.
Day Two: Only two simple tasks today, however, I want you to start incorporating these into your routine everyday. Drink your water, at least for 80-100oz a day. (Be sure to check with your health care provider.) Start doing this everyday; make it a goal to be hydrated! I know I feel so much better when I have my water each day. Being hydrated has so many benefits to our bodies and health.
Second task, to also do daily, make your bed! We’ve all heard either part of or all of the commencement speech William H. McRaven gave in 2014. He’s right, make your bed, everyday. This is a quick, simple task that has you starting your day with an accomplishment. Even on our toughest days, we at least made our bed.
For those who have not heard his Commencement Speech, I highly recommend it. You can also purchase the book, which is available on audio and is read by him. It is very motivational and I recommend to it all.
Day Three: Take a walk outside, at least 10 minutes, but try for 20-30 if you are able. (Again, always check with your health care provider to be sure you are healthy enough to complete the task.)
Grab that folder and take out one of the January calendars. This calendar is going to be your Breakfast, Lunch, and Exercise calendar, so be sure to label it. We’ll get to meal plans on Day Four, today we are just going to focus on exercise. Take some time and come up with a workout schedule that works for you. I find that switching up what I do helps me to not burn and keep excited about what my week holds. I enjoy walking, running, yoga, pilates, and weight training. I’ll be able to do each of these at least once a week, and will likely walk/run more than once. Be sure to choose what time of day you’ll be working out; being consistent will help you to be more successful.
Day Four: Eat a healthy meal! It’s time to start making some changes, that’s why we’re all here. One healthy meal can help inspire us to choose to make another healthy meal.
Take sometime today and create a healthy meal plan for yourself for breakfast and lunch. Use the same calendar as your exercise schedule for this task.
Now, take out your other January calendar, and use it to create your dinner plan. If you have a partner, spouse, or family, it is a good idea to make this a family task. In our home, we all sit down together and choose dinners until the calendar is full. This may seem a little daunting at first, but trust me, this is going to make your life so much easier. For us, it has cut back on our trips to the grocery store, because you know, this whole being prepared thing. Once you have both of your calendars filled out, tape them up in a cabinet in your kitchen.
Lastly, go grab that new journal, and write about the first four days of this challenge. What thoughts or feelings are you having? Do you feel excited, anxious? This is your journal, and no one will be asking you to share it, please be as open as you want to be.
Take a really deep, cleansing breath, you’ve got this whole challenge! I’ll be back Sunday with the break down of Week One! Reminder to check into my Facebook and Instagram for daily task break downs.
If you are sharing this journey on your own social media accounts, hashtag it: #31DayFreshStartChallenge / #LeopardOnAMission I love seeing others choosing happiness and encouraging others to do the same.