I did a self-created 40 day challenge a while back. Made all kinds of goals and came out a winner times 10! I find that short-term and intense challenges are the magic bullet for getting and staying motivated. We get so amped up for a goal and then we plod along like a horse and buggy on a Sunday drive and get bored from the beginning. But if you charge into the goal and immerse yourself mind, body, and soul and you make huge changes from the start…you just might reach the finish line.
We like seeing big results and fast don’t we? I do. I’ve been setting some challenges here and there and it improved my health and family life but it was the last one that I set for 40 days for the fun of it that resulted in huge changes. I made changes to the way we eat, save money, we purchased a fixer upper, I got into the habit of exercising daily, and many other things. I wrote about it. I won’t bore those of you that read it already.
The last couple months have been consumed with buying a new home, scrubbing, painting, renovating, packing, moving, more cleaning, unpacking, more renovating…
We are still at it. Just washed the windows the other evening and as the morning sun hit the glass this morning I see that I did a less than decent job. In my defense, these windows probably haven’t been washed in years and years and so I just smeared the dirt around in pretty swirls. I have a back door to paint and the old wood floors that need a little work. I have a big garden bed planted but need to get the other one filled and planted. Oh, and I need a clothes line. Other than that I have actually had time to start writing and thinking again.
I’m inspired to start a few challenges for the next 3 months. I’m choosing a bit longer for a challenge this time because the few things I want to accomplish, along with a few little things, will take about that much time to really get some results.
I would like to lose 30 pounds of this jiggly jelly (because jam don’t shake like that). I have no delusions of a bikini body, nor do I care. I have a husband that is pleased with my plump form and I’ve grown two babies in this sturdy body and nursed them both at my bosom. I just want to feel a bit lighter and have less weight on my frame. I have gained some weight with all the drive thru we ate while moving and working on this place and I have crossed that line of comfortably plump and having to wear my spouse’s jeans.
The other project I’d like to work on is the budget. I have encouraged Bali to take two days off a week. He has been working 6 days a week and 60 to 70 hours for years and years. We miss him and I feel like I’m raising a family alone. To my surprise, he changed his schedule the minute we moved into this house. I’m thrilled and it also means that we have $700 less coming in so a new and tight budget is in order.
I have one last project. My fictional books. I’m really lagging but as of yesterday and a day of much needed rest, I feel reinspired and am back at it. I have called my friend and editor and promise a rough draft next week just to keep me on task.
So, to sum it up: start losing weight and getting stronger. Create a working budget and get back into a frugal mode and grocery envelopes. To produce at least one fictional book this summer.
How will I achieve these goals?
For the diet, I find that a low carb way with tons of veggies, protein and fat works best. I can’t stand recording, weighing, counting, or thinking about the diet. I need to eat when I’m hungry and feel satisfied. I’m very active, still nursing, exercising, walking everywhere…I get HUNGRY! I can’t lose weight with sugar or starch or flour. Just can’t. So, I have to get into a mode of commitment to not having it at all. It’s an addiction and just like with all addictions, you have to set your mind, commit and never look back, never cheat, just keep looking forward at the goal. Eye on the prize.
I love to exercise and if that was where the 80% success came I’d be thin as a rail. I already do half an hour on the tread climber daily and every other day I do a weight strengthening routine from head to toe. I haven’t in weeks due to moving but I got on the tread climber yesterday and today so we are back!
I already wrote up a complete budget and cut out all the extras such as Netflix, Pureflix, and I reduced some of my donations. I won’t give up my donations but I cut some in half. I also cut out an insurance that was really just a rip-off and I got talked into. We have all sorts of the important insurances already. My internet, phone, cell…they are all reduced to the minimum and my cable is in a contract. Besides, I couldn’t get the antennae to work and we have to have some TV. I’m a little scared of the next water bill, that will need some improving I know.
I’ve started back on my book and I will work each morning with my coffee. I try to put in a couple hours of just devoted work. I have also set a date for completion to put the pressure on. Writing with some pressure is good, less time to think and criticise my work.