So, what’s going on with me? I haven’t entirely figured that out yet, but I’m working on it. Maybe it’s the approaching new decade birthday coming up in August? Maybe I’m realizing that if I want to make changes, I’d better start already? Maybe I just need new challenges? It’s probably a bit of all of the above, but I’ll let you know if and when I figure it out.
The first challenge I undertook was the New York Times 30-day Well challenge. It was a short, 10-minute HIIT program, or a relationship activity, or a meditation every day for a month. Friends and I formed a small Facebook group, and we kept each other accountable. Did we always do everything every day? No, but there were days when I put 3 of those HIITs together and did 30 minutes of exercise to make up for the ones I missed. There were also some fun challenges, like creating a date night where you and your partner did something completely new to both of you.
Right in the middle of that started the 21-weekday blog challenge. I wrote about habitual behavior – changing habits, why some habits are valuable, why we need habit in our lives, etc – from my own experiences for a solid month. I did keep up with that for all 30 days – even writing from the waiting room of a surgery center. Phew. I learned a lot about accountability, integrity, and honest writing during that challenge. I certainly got myself more interested in changing my own habits.
I suspect that for the next three or four of these blog posts I’ll be examining my habitual behavior yet again as it applies to the 30-Day Shape Up. Stay tuned for adventures in diet, workout, using Alexander Technique like crazy to do both of those well, and what happens to me along the way.
Have you ever undertaken a 30-Day Challenge?
If so, how did that go for you?
What happens to you physically when you think about making changes?
Are you breathing?