Last week Adam and I started Rachel Hollis's "Last 90 Days" Challenge. The first week had a focus of accomplishing your "5 to thrive" for a week straight. We did not know much about it besides the general overview in the link above, but we were invited to join by a coworker. I've heard of a few of Rachel's books and have been recommended to read them or to follow along with the activity books and I just haven't gotten around to it yet. The 90 Day Challenge came at a great time because all of the points she makes are correct. We are hitting a time of year where it is colder and you don't want to be outside as much, when food is everywhere and diets go out the window, when it is easy to grow negative about the goals you have not yet accomplished, and when traveling and visiting family can be stressful.
So, for the last 90 days of the year (93 if you started on September 30th by mistake) Adam and I are working on our "Five to Thrive" by completing a few activities every single day. These include:
So far we have been really successful with drinking more water, finding a way to move every day, practicing gratitude, and I've had a good time with cutting out a food category. I chose to get rid of candy in the month of October because I have been eating so much recently and I already feel better. Adam did not choose a food for this month, he said he'd prefer to wait until month 2 so we shall see.
The other area we've been struggling in is waking up an hour early. This stems from the hour not really being for individual time because waking up an hour early just wakes the dog up an hour earlier. To cope we realized we'd already started our wake up change a month or so ago when we decided to wake up at 5 AM or 5:30 AM instead of 6 or 6:30 to give us the chance to go on a morning walk with the dog together every morning and adding a run in on other mornings. This really encouraged me to keep going because I realized that the Five to Thrive does not have to be 5 new things you've never done before. Instead, this can be things you've been working on, it is just being more mindful and working for consistency.
The first week has been good overall, but I realized I have not yet watched on of Rachel's videos or kept up with the recommended live stream. This week I look forward to reading through the email and hopefully making time to add in the live stream as well. For anyone else on this challenge or anyone wanting to join this challenge it is not to late! Check out her website and let me know how it goes for you as well.
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