How is it October? How?! Where did September go?! Today is October 7th and today is day #7 of Rachel Hollis’ “#Last90Days” challenge. I heard about this challenge after signing up for her email updates a few weeks ago when I finished reading Girl, Wash Your Face. You know what I love about this? I love the way that she takes the fact that we are already 3/4 through the year and twists it into the point of view that we are already 3/4 of the way up the stairs.. why would we quit now just to turn around and start over in January?!
What if you committed to living your last 90 days of this year as hard as you are committing to living the first 30 days of the new year? What if instead of a downhill slide into 2019, you are ramping up!
What an inspirational idea! Kudos to you, Rachel! “Let’s do this,” I thought as I signed up for the #Last90Days challenge online. How’s it going? I’ve got to be honest with you, it’s not going well. I could share my list of excuses with you of why I didn’t drink enough water this week or get enough steps but if you’ve read her book (or frankly, if you’ve been on Instagram at all in the last 2 months) you’ve either heard or seen this quote from Rachel about excuses:
And there’s really just no arguing with her on this one. She’s right. We all know it. SO I will spare you the list of excuses and instead we will use this as a form of accountability to try, try again this week!
Here’s how it works, Rachel has what she calls her “5 to Thrive” list of things she strives to do each day that she knows will make a positive impact on her life. This challenge is all about taking these five things and focusing on completing each of them each day for the last three months of the year. Some people are tweaking this list to better suit their own goals. Here are her top 5 things:
These 5 things are all centered around 5 areas of her life where she has created bad habits in the past. Rachel has made a promise to herself to make the time to complete each of the items on this list each day. Yes, I said make the time – not take the time to complete them each day. In her book, Girl, Wash Your Face, Rachel talks specifically to the realization that we tell ourselves we’re going to do something and then we don’t. We make a promise to ourselves and then we give up. She speaks more to this in recent podcast Last 90 Days: Change Your Habits from her Rise Podcast on Spotify.
What I like about this challenge, is that it’s just that – a challenge. If I don’t get to check 5 boxes at the end of the day then that’s okay! I will try again tomorrow and the next day and the day after that. And when the new year arrives I will already be better off then I was on October 1 of this year.
Okay friends, here is my 5 to Thrive list for the #Last90Days challenge:
- Get up an hour earlier than I normally do and use that time for myself.
- Workout OR take at least 10,000 steps.
- Drink half of my body weight in ounces of water each day.
- Eat out less and eat more healthy homemade meals.
- Make a point to thank God each day for the blessings in my life.
Am I going to go through the last 90 days and be the “bad friend” who makes excuses and bails all the time? I don’t want to be that version of myself anymore. So, are you in? It’s not too late to sign up for the #Last90Days challenge! What’s on your 5 to Thrive list? We’re one week in. If you did sign up, have you been struggling to meet your goals each day so far, too? How are you going to refocus this week and make it happen? Help a sister out – share your tips in the comments. We can do this!