Challenges

Revisiting: Exercise Challenge

A few weeks ago I challenged myself to exercise for fifteen minutes every day. I was successful and then decided to see how I handled an entire month. Now that we are in early May, let’s take a look back and see how I did.

I didn’t do terribly, but I wish it went better.

The week of the 14th I just wasn’t feeling myself, and I used that as an excuse to take a few days off from exercising. Towards the end of the week, I remembered that exercising does make me feel good and I should try to do at least something. For the rest of the time I was able to do a yoga routine every other day.

There were times when I was only doing five-minute routines. Those days I tried to do multiple throughout the day. While those aren’t the workouts I necessarily like, it was nice to get a few minutes to stretch. I didn’t realize how tight my muscles get throughout the day.

Another thing I did this month was a few shorter, but harder routines. I did these shorter so I wouldn’t get frustrated. The poses were more difficult and I want to master them, but I need to practice in shorter bursts. As time progresses I’ll be able to increase the time and see some body improvements.

I’m a little disappointed in how I did with the month long challenge. I really want to get into the routine of waking up, exercising, and then getting Little P up and ready for the day. Even though this month didn’t go as well as I had hoped, I am going to keep at it! I’m determined to make this a part of my daily routine.

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Challenges

Fast Food Challenge

My husband and I have a bad habit of just grabbing fast food when we’re hungry. All right, so it’s possible it’s mainly my bad habit. I let myself get hungry and then I’m too impatient to wait to make food, so we’re stuck getting fast food. I’m really trying to eat healthier (and save money) so I’m hoping to get out of that habit. So, this week I challenged myself to not have any fast food.

This week, I can proudly say I was successful. The difference between this week and last week (my no soda challenge) was that I told my husband my plan beforehand. It made it a lot harder to cheat my challenge when my husband was there to go, “I thought we weren’t eating out this week?”

You know what? It really wasn’t that bad. I’m not making crazy healthy meals, but I feel better than I would eating fast food. I also feel like I have more food in the house now. When we’re consistently eating out, we tend to not worry about groceries too much. So this week, I was put in a position where I actually had to buy groceries. I bought for the week, both to motivate me to not go out and because I’m not going to the grocery store everyday. It’s nice to be hungry and see food in the fridge when I go and look.

I’m glad this week was successful. I don’t think I’ll be keeping fast food out completely. I think going forward I will have a cheat day throughout the week where I can just order out. I also realized this week that if I really want to succeed at something to just tell my husband what I’m trying to do. He is my motivation when I want to take the easy way out.

Let me know what you think!

Thank you so much for reading and I’ll see you next time.

Challenges

No Soda Challenge

All right Venturers, this week I challenged myself to not drink any soda!

I did awful. It honestly felt like I didn’t even give myself a challenge this week.

Now, I don’t drink that much soda to begin with, so that’s good. However, I would really like to eliminate it entirely. One positive I took from the week was the fact that I never had my own soda. I would only share my husband’s.

He was probably the reason that I really wanted to do this challenge. He drinks way too much soda in my opinion. He definitely doesn’t drink enough water. If I can eliminate soda from my diet, then maybe he’ll drink it a little bit less.

Either way, there wasn’t much success this week. So what did I learn? I’m going to start getting the mini cans of soda. They are so adorable and you still get that carbonated goodness. This week also made me realize that I should make some different lifestyle changes. I mainly have soda when I’m drinking a liquor. I’m a sucker for rum and coke. Point is, I should probably cut back on those.

I am a little bummed that I wasn’t able to do this challenge right this week. In the coming weeks I will definitely be working on buying the smaller cans of soda and see if that does any good.

Let me know what you think. Have you eliminated soda from your diet and if you’ve tried, how did it go?

Thank you for stopping by and I’ll see you next time!

Challenges

Challenge: Daily Workout

All right Venturers, this week I challenged myself to exercise every day. I wanted to do at least 15-minutes a day. A fairly small amount, but I’ve been a bit lazy since after I gave birth. I don’t want to set too high of a goal and then get frustrated and quit when I can’t reach it. So, my aim was for 15-minutes a day and I was mainly focused on yoga.

I also added in more physical movement to my day. For example, instead of sitting while I worked or watched TV, I would stand. I did some lunges and squats while holding Little P. Overall, just tried to be more active while I went about my usual activities. These I didn’t count towards 15-minute goal.

I am proud to say that I was pretty successful. It was a little hard finding time to do it though. Now, while I am proud that I even managed to get a week done, I’m not sure if I can make this an actual habit. For this, I think the challenge is more in the two to three week range. I don’t want to set a challenge for myself (especially at a week) and come to tell you guys that I couldn’t do it. So, I do try extra hard so I can come and say I was successful.

With that in mind, I think I’m going to up the ante on this one. I will continue my usual weekly challenges and then revisit this at the end of April. For the most part, I do these challenges because it represents a change I want to make in my life.

For now, let’s mark this as a win and then we’ll see if I managed to keep a consistent workout routine throughout the month. I’ll be a bit more lenient for the month. We’ll see if I can do at least four work outs a week and try to increase the time spent working out.

So, what do you guys think? Are you able to keep a consistent workout schedule? How do you keep yourself motivated?

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Minimal Phone Challenge

For this week’s challenge I wanted to use my phone and social media less. I know on days when I was tied to my phone I felt so drained at the end of the day. I missed valuable time with my daughter and husband and time went by so quickly. It’s so easy to get lost in the little world our phones provide. So, this week I put a time tracker on my phone and I attempted to keep my phone use under two hours.

Overall, I suppose I did okay. From the 29th until the 4th, I was on my phone less than two hours for five days. I do remember it being a little harder than it should have. I know how good I feel on days when I don’t use my phone a lot. For some reason though, I like to scroll through my phone. It’s not a fear of missing out.

At some point I must have forgotten how to just be in the moment. I can’t just watch a TV show. I have to scroll through social media or play a game on my phone. Hanging out with my husband, while he’s playing games, instead of watching and chatting (or doing something productive) I’m on my phone also playing games. Baby napping? Let me treat myself with phone time. I don’t know why I’m like that now.

For this past week, I noticed having to stop myself from reaching towards my phone. I had to actively tell myself that there was nothing I needed to do. On one of my over two hour usage days, I was having a bad mental health day. I’m not sure if it was the phone use or if I was using my phone to cope and disconnect for a little. I do know that my mood increased at the end of the day when I just put my phone away.

I think the best part of this whole experience was realizing that there’s really not that much going on on my phone. Sure, there’s fun games, and I do enjoy interacting with social media, but if I don’t have that during the day then it’s okay. I also realized that if I’m enjoying time on my phone, then okay, waste a little bit more time.

It’s really all about moderation. If your phone is consuming your life, then you need to take a step back. Don’t forget that things are happening right in front of you too.

Let me know what you think! Are you a phone junkie or do you never use yours?
Challenge yourself and your friends to take a break from your phone use and tell me how you did!