First, a few truths:
- Change can be hard to do
- Making lasting change is even harder
- It takes about 30 days to make or change a habit
- Staying motivated is difficult
- Making lists is motivational (at least to me)
- Small changes over time add up to big(ger) results
- I need and want to change a few things
- 100 seems like a very accomplished number
Never one to miss embarking on a self-improvement project, I designed my own 100 day challenge.
I am focusing on small wellness behaviors. I made a list of 8 daily goals, all of which are do-able. Little things add up!
Here’s my list:
- Weigh myself every day
- Drink at least 8 8-oz glasses of water
- Do 25 sit-ups (I know this is a small amount! This is the minimum I’m going to set for myself, with the goal of doing more every day).
- Do 10 push-ups (see above).
- Record the food I eat
- Avoid alcohol (while this may make me seem like a huge lush, I tried to pick something that was the epitome of empty calories. It was either wine or M&Ms, and I had to go with wine. Eliminating both would have been too cruel and probably impossible).
- Reach out and connect with a friend every day
For accountability, I did three things:
- Publicly declared my attention here and to my family and friends
- Printed out calendars with the daily 8 and the challenge day printed on them. I made two sets so I can have one at home and one at work.
- Posted the calendars in visible places
Here’s my September:
You can download and edit your own calendar here.