Remember when I talked about accountability and about having a team who was willing to support you through your struggles and successes? So I thought I’d put that to practice during these 30 Days. Today I wanted to check in with some of my friends who are rocking their own 30 Day Challenges.IThey linked up Day 1 and committed to their own 30 Days, their own awesome projects. And they’ve done some really huge things. They’re here today, in their own words, to tell you how their challenges have gone.
So now is your chance to cheer on your peers, be inspired by the possibilities, and to meet some amazing new ladies that are making strides toward their own versions of brighter, shinier, and happier.
Hatton from Fresh Mom: 30 Days Eat At Home
My 30 day challenge was to eat at home more–we are so guilty of getting take out instead of cooking, and I wanted to limit that to save money and eat healthier. Here’s what I’ve found to be successful: having a plan and the ingredients rather than trying to make the decision at 5pm after working all day is what makes the difference. I gave my husband a stack of notecards with main courses, veggies and starch to choose what we’d make this week – shopped accordingly – and ate at home every night this week. Success!
Jacki from Dare 2 Dream Dare 2 Do: Whole 30
In January 2013 I completed the Whole30. For those unfamiliar with Whole30, it is a strict paleo elimination protocol that helps you discover your food intolerances. The experience was transformative and educational.
But I slipped back into some old habits as the year went on, and as January 2014 approached, I decided to give the Whole30 another try. But this time, I didn’t make it 30 days.
I could feel horrible about this and beat myself up, but what I have learned over the past year, and in particular, this last month, is that eating and nutrition isn’t healthy if it includes guilt. Even if the food is completely “clean.”
I know what foods make me feel invincible. I know what foods leave me bloated and uncomfortable. And I know what foods are wrenched to my system and make me wish I would just die.
In the last 30 days, I learned how to stop saying “I can’t” and start saying “I’d rather not today.”
Jessica from Chaos & Love: 30 Days of Finishing What She Started
It’s been a productive month here in the land of “finishing what I started” for 30 days. I ended a 21 day sugar detox which went well. Not perfect, but well. I managed to check several craft projects off my list, including a shiny new coffee sleeve pattern. My husband and I followed a 30 day exercise challenge throughout the month and didn’t miss a day. I also accomplished quite a few little tasks that are way too boring to talk about here. Things I wanted to do this month, but didn’t include finally finishing the book I’ve been reading since December and putting together the boys’ new playroom. Biggest lesson learned this month? There really does need to be a plan. I mean, I did okay, but I suspect my results would have been significantly better had I bothered to jot my goals down on paper. Maybe next month.