**I know I made it a goal to be an everyday blogger and I'm trying guys. Really trying. But, I've come upon a big problem with my goal and it is this: Every person in this family of mine is always fighting for computer time (we only have one computer right now!!!), so my opportunities to blog are severely limited by this. If I don't get onto the computer when everyone else is at school or at work then my chances are almost nil. Additionally, I work two days a week to, so those days are particularly tough.**
So, like everyone else, I am two weeks and two days into this six week wellness challenge. I don't want to boast or brag about my efforts so far, but just so you know, I'm a serious contender. The thing is this: if I want/choose to really commit to something, I will put my absolute all into it. I don't do things halfway. I can be extraordinarily disciplined, if I choose. So, within the parameters of this challenge, I am very serious about what I do and don't do each day.
I have found a couple of the items to be challenging for me, but I choose to not waver. The biggest thing that I struggle with is drinking so much water. I don't like water. I've talked about it before, so I won't get into my dislike of plain water again, but I am finding it hard to drink 64 ounces of it each day. I am also annoyed that I have to constantly go to the bathroom because of it. I keep waiting for that side effect to calm down, but so far, no dice. Last Sunday night we were over at my sister's home for dinner and I went to the restroom three times while there. I guess I'm averaging using the restroom about once an hour right now. I'm also trying to get all of my water drinking in before 6 pm each day, so I don't have to get up in the middle of the night to go either. Ugh.
Secondly, I'm not so much struggling, but having to make a concerted effort to make sure I get in the 2 fruits and 3 veggies a day. Sometimes it is so easy, but other days it feels like I'm scrambling at dinnertime to make sure I get my quota. I'm eating a lot of carrots and apples these days, which I like, but are kind of getting old too.
The other stuff- exercising, sleeping, me time, not eating sweets are not really a struggle for me. Once I set my mind to doing or not consuming them, I don't really have to think about it. I just do it.
I think that is one of the things this challenge has really shown me is I already do almost all of these healthy habits everyday anyways. It is just a few of them that were not part of my daily routine. I think this challenge would be much harder if I were starting from a place of not doing most of the habits. If I were to be just starting to exercise and just giving up pop and just starting to try to get seven hours of sleep, this challenge would be very difficult and feel overwhelming maybe. I'm starting to believe that it really is simply a compilation of all of our healthy (or maybe unhealthy) habits that make up the overall wellness (or sickness) that we enjoy through the years of our lives. I feel particularly grateful that as a kid my parents chose to adopt healthy habits for our family. So, for all of my life I have been exposed to a lifestyle that was/is healthy. I also realize that this experience I had as a child is not the norm and that most people did not have the benefit of a childhood wherein their parents provided a very healthy lifestyle to live. When I was a teenager, we'd go on runs as a family, and we'd joke that "A family that runs together, stays together". I knew, even then, that my experience was not typical. So, now as an adult, I must admit choosing to live these healthy habits is not a real struggle for me because I've been doing it all of my life. It feels normal.
Wes is also doing the wellness challenge with me (although he is not officially signed up) and it has been very nice to do it with someone else. It's nice to have someone at home to compare notes, encourage, complain to and relate with while trying to stick to a plan. I've always been a big proponent of having workout partners mostly because it helps to have a friend who is along for the ride with you. Wes has been a great person to share the journey with. He is doing very well on the challenge, and I'm happy to help him along his way.
My kids are not doing the challenge and frankly, they are annoyed with us. There are no treats, sugary snacks, or sweets laying around the house these days and they are complaining. They've resorted to making their own batches of cookies and even a cake too. Desperate times call for desperate measures! I do try to make a few snacks to have for them, but they have to fall under a category that I can eat (breads, muffins, healthy snacks). I'm fairly certain my kids are more anxious that we are for the next four weeks to get over so everything around her can get back to "normal".
How about you? How are you doing on the challenge? What one thing is the toughest for you to do?