Today I am starting a March Challenge for myself and I’d love to have you join me if you like!!
Granted, I’m a little late in getting started because it’s March 3rd and not March 1st
BUT that is fine because the theme of this challenge is “Slow and Steady Wins the Race”
And now we will just add in “Better late than never!!!”
For this challenge, I will set goals to do for 30 Minutes daily for the next 30 days
Here are my personal goals
1. 30 New Crockpot Meals for the Next 30 Days
I personally do really well when my food plan consists of protein shakes during the day followed by a low carb dinner at night. The problem is that I have a tendency to use the same 3 or 4 meals constantly which is actually fine for ME but very boring to my children. If the children get too bored with meals, it leads to me sometimes falling into the bad habit of resorting back to the old recipes I can make easily but which do not meet the requirements of my food plan. You know…hamburger helper…pizza…etc. I also have discovered that the crockpot is brilliant for me. If I set it up in the morning, I find that by dinner time when I might feel a little desperate I don’t have to worry. It’s already done. I don’t even have to take the time to make dinner. Sometimes those few minutes of me having to make dinner could lead to fast food. This takes that out of the equation. SO…I am going to make a new crockpot meal every night for the next 30 days. By the end of these 30 days, we will have found some meals that we all like and can add into our routines.
2. 30 Minutes of walking/jogging for the next 30 Days
Ok this is going to be my BIG personal challenge. The biggest one for me out of them all. After 2 years, I still have not managed to really accomplish running with any consistency. I don’t enjoy it at all but it was one of my original goals and I will tell you why. Every year I get on Facebook and see several of my friends heading to Disney to compete in a Half Marathon where they wear really cute princess or tinker bell outfits. I told myself that THIS year I would do it. But did I?? NOPE. I completely threw that goal out the window. At one point, I had finally allowed myself to run as slowly as I needed to even if I was literally running SLOWER than I could actually walk. That was when a lightbulb went off in my head and I realized that I COULD run if I just allowed myself to go extremely slowly. EMBARRASSINGLY slowly. I also found that by doing this I was beginning to build up my stamina to where I could go a little further each day. Once again the theme “slow and steady wins the race” is true. It’s just allowing yourself to be slow and then reminding yourself to be STEADY, consistent and not quit. But I did quit. I gave up on running and I don’t even remember consciously doing it. So I have decided to set for myself the following goal. For the next 30 days, I will add back in running when I am on the treadmill.
I plan to dedicate 30 minutes every day to an experiment. Each day I will run very slowly starting with at least 1 minute. I am going to have to test myself today to see how long I can actually comfortably run at a slow pace. Once I know that, it will be my starting point. Every day I will add in a little more. My goal is to eventually be able to run/jog for 30 straight minutes. Now how close will I get to that by the end of the next 30 days….it’s a mystery! I can’t even imagine a world in which I could actually run for 30 straight minutes. That would be a dream for me. SO this will be a true experiment and adventure for me. Every day I will post how many minutes of the 30 daily minutes involved running.
3. 30 minutes of Bible Study for the next 30 Days
I saw that Joyce Meyer has a 30/30 Challenge going on to study the Bible for 30 minutes daily. I signed up for it here
Each day she sends out an email with some suggestions. Signing up for this actually inspired me to come up with some other 30/30 goals. So I will add this in along with my other goals. I really have no set plan on what I will study so it will be a mystery as to what I learn. I do know that sometimes that is the best way to go about it. Join me if you like!
4. 30 Minutes of Cleaning for the next 30 days
I am still working at my mission to get better about decluttering/cleaning this house!! I have things I really need to go through (like a pile of papers in a drawer that I need to organize for the taxes) and I would like to reorganize the kids closets. I actually think this will be one of my hardest goals because I have a serious procrastination problem with things like this!!
5. Blog daily for the next 30 days
My goal is to blog every single day for the next 30 days on how my challenge is going. You may get tired of hearing about it!! But it will keep me accountable. If you want to leave me daily comments on how it’s going for you I would love to read them!!
So these are my goals. If you would like to join me, please leave a comment letting me know what your goals are. I would love to hear others goals. If I had not already FINALLY gotten myself back into the drinking water habit then that would have been one of my goals. So if someone is looking for a goal try 30 oz of daily water for the next 30 days. I am sure we can come up with tons of other ideas if anyone needs a suggestion!!
The overall principle behind this challenge is just to remind myself that making small daily changes is the driving force behind creating new habits. I also truly believe that setting small goals is a way to make changes while still being nice to ourselves. It is so hard when we pile pressure to change all at once. Changing is NOT easy. New habits are NOT easy. We are the way we are for a reason. Some habits and behaviors are deeply embedded into us. They cannot be forced out in a day. Our sheer desire to change is not enough. We can WANT change but that still will not be enough to make it happen. What helps us is patience and perseverance. We must understand that we need TIME.
Do not overwhelm yourself. Simply pick small goals and then work at them a little every day. If 30 minutes is too much for you….do 30 seconds. THAT is still enough.
If you need a little inspiration to believe that even 30 seconds daily can help you make changes then watch this clip of my brother who gave a short talk on how he became an ACE Certified personal trainer by starting with 30 seconds of walking when he weighed almost 500 pounds. Even though I know my brother (well…obviously!) and even though I followed this plan myself—I still watched him talking about it with new inspiration. I think a part of me had forgotten just how hard it was in the beginning to breathe much less walk. It is good to remind myself of these things. Start small!
I don’t know if you all remember this…but I started about a month ago trying to get back on track after having a good 6 month setback.
By instituting small changes into my daily routines, I have made a lot of progress over the last month.
But I won’t lie. I have had some setbacks in the last month as well. And that depresses me because I don’t WANT a setback.
I can’t dwell on it though. Sometimes for me it really is about 3 steps forward, 2 steps back
AND THEN KEEP GOING
We can’t dwell on setbacks. We don’t have time for that. We can only just move forward. One step at a time.
My brother said in this video it’s not about having to be extraordinary.
It’s about ORDINARY THINGS DONE DAILY
But what I need is others along the way showing me that we can do this if we just step out in faith and don’t give up.
So would you join me this month? It doesn’t matter to me what goals you choose.
30 Seconds of something for the next 30 days is enough!
Just make your goals and if you don’t reach them every day…try again the next day!!
You are a winner in my book for just getting out of bed and making the effort!
At the end of the next 30 days (so somewhere along April 3rd) I would like to feature 5 people on my blog who could send me a guest post about this challenge. It can involve a video if you want, pictures and/or writing about what you did and how it went.
I will also send those 5 people one of my favorite necklaces for being willing to share their story with us.
Here it is!
Ok so not the best picture of me..but hey that’s what I look like this morning so there you go!
If you would be so kind as to share this challenge on twitter, Facebook or your blog that would be great!
If you want some twitter support, tweet me @300poundsdown or tweet Lee, my brother, @30sectovictory
You can also tweet Lee’s wife (my sister in law) Beth @bethtrains4life
And tell us how you are doing!!
I would love to hear how you are doing with your personal challenges.
We can do this!!