This morning I woke up when my alarm went off. No hitting snooze and slipping further beneath the covers. “Today is the day,” I thought to myself. I reached over and pulled Resisting Happiness out of my nightstand drawer. I read the next chapter. I’ve been meaning to read more of this book for weeks. I’ve finished other books in the meantime, but I’ve been reading this one slowly throughout most of the year. This book is worth reading slowly and really absorbing, which is what makes it the perfect book to read in the morning during my “me time.”
I was the first one to arrive at work this morning – and that never happens. Do you know how good that felt? That in itself was enough incentive to want to do it again – which is a feeling I’ve been lacking for a while. What can I say? I love to sleep – and like most Americans, I don’t get enough of it. That makes the “wake up one hour earlier” part of this challenge is really, really difficult for me.
“On your last day on earth, the person you became will meet the person you could have become.” – Anonymous
You can read about the “Last 90 Days Challenge” in my last blog post, but in case you missed it, here’s a brief recap of my 5 to Thrive list for the 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 the time to thank God each day for the blessings in my life.
I’ve got to be honest with you: I didn’t do very well this week either. BUT I am working on it! Many of the other bloggers who are participating in this challenge have also commented on how difficult this challenge actually is compared to how much easier we thought it would be. I really thought I was actually accomplishing more of the five things on my list each day. This challenge has truly been a wake up call.
“I’m a slow walker, but I never walk back.” -Abraham Lincoln.
So, what have I been doing? I have been drinking more water. I have been moving/exercising more. I have been cooking more and eating out less (which in turn is saving me money – another goal I’ve been trying to meet). What do I need to work on? I need to wake up earlier each morning. I need to make the time to thank God for all of the little things I am grateful for each day. I think a huge part of this whole challenge is just choosing to focus on these five things. There have been days when I lack focus and simply think, “well I can’t fill in that box today.” But I am thinking about it more than I was before, which is leading me to try harder to accomplish each task.
Instead of looking at each task as another item on my to-do list, it’s become more like a game to me. I want to see how many boxes I can fill in before the challenge ends. At the end of the day, when I meet my goals I get to fill in that box. I don’t have to – I get to. This is a step forward! This is progress.