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?

Challenges

Weekly Meditation

All right Venturers, this past week I did a daily meditation challenge! My goal was to do at least five minutes a day. I am proud to say that I did at least ten minutes every day! I never had a specific time that I did the meditations. Some days it was late, others early, and once I even did it smack dab in the middle of the day. So, after a week of meditation lets take a look at how it affected me.

I’d like to be able to say that I’m a completely changed person now and that it changed my life. A week of ten minute meditations isn’t enough for that kind of change though. I can however say that I do feel like I am a more positive and thoughtful person.

For the week, I used an app called buddhify. I absolutely love it. It’s free to use (there is a membership if you want to upgrade). I usually get my meditations via the internet after a simple Youtube search. I always had trouble with that though. I’m very particular about the people’s voices.

I’m hoping to keep up with meditating. It’s a nice bit of time when I can just calm down and focus on myself. I was able to take a step back, look at my day and how I was feeling, and then just let it all be. If I was mad or upset, then that was okay. If I was happy, that was okay. Things were going to come up that upset me and that’s okay.

I think meditation is something that everyone should give a try. I don’t think I did anything formal, so I don’t have any sort of science to back my feelings up. I do however think that it can be a good way to delve into ourselves and learn why tings make us feel the way we feel and to overcome some of our pettier emotions.

Let me know what you guys think!
Are you in meditation or do you not believe the hype around it?
As always, see you next time and thanks for visiting!