#Last90Days Challenge: October Update

I’m back.  It’s been a minute since I’ve shared an update and that’s because I’ve been…(dun, dunn, dunnnn) procrastinating.  What is my deal?!  This challenge has been a total flop for me lately.  After my last update I wasn’t feeling well and would come home from work each night and just go to sleep.  So that was a whole 7-10 days with really no new progress – I was still trying to drink lots of water but I can’t even say I ate well because I had zero appetite for a while.  I catch some kind of bug every fall so I’m not shocked – especially working on a campus.  I’ve also been crazy busy lately – not only at work but also through the weekends.  So there you have it: my honest update and/or excuse for you.  But let’s move on…

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I know, I know.. I’ve got to change my pattern.  I’m aware and this challenge has helped me be honest with myself about that.  Matthew Kelly says “Our lives change when our habits change.”  I adore Matthew Kelly and I love that quote.  I recently stumbled upon this article: How To Change Your Life Every 90 Days by Benjamin P. Hardy.  It seems like this last 90 days challenge has really caught on!  Either that or I just never noticed it before.  Everyone’s jumping on board and trying to change their habits but many of us are struggling to find motivation.  Last week I was listening to Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life…And Maybe the World by William H. McRaven.  I love this book (review coming soon – promise!) and this part really stuck with me this past week:

Finally, in SEAL training, there is a bell, a brass bell that hangs in the center of the compound for all to see.  All you have to do to quit is ring the bell.   Ring the bell and you no longer have to wake up at 5 o’clock.  Ring the bell and you no longer have to do the freezing cold swims.  Ring the bell and you no longer have to do the runs, the obstacle course, the PT, and you no longer have to endure the hardships of training.  Just ring the bell.  If you want to change the world, don’t ever, ever ring the bell.

You know what I’ve been doing?  RINGING THAT BELL!  Maybe I should just put a bell in my bedroom and every morning when my alarm clock (let’s be honest… alarm clocks.. because I have more than one set) goes off, before I can hit snooze I have to ring the bell and listen to the sound of myself quitting the very first challenge of my day.  Talk about a motivational WAKE UP call!giphy

So, focusing on the positives:  I have been making a conscious decision to drink water instead of grabbing Starbucks or a Powerade and boy, do I notice when I haven’t had enough!  I’ve been cooking more often and eating at home instead of going out to eat (Goal #4 – see the full list here) which is also a perk for my bank account!  I’ve been looking for little ways to get more steps in like parking further away and wandering down the hall when my Garmin buzzes during the day.  My efforts to get up and move have also helped me get more points in my Achievement account.  I love this app because I’m already tracking my sleep, steps and food intake so why not make a few bucks while I’m at it?  Every little bit helps!

I’ve noticed that I’m not the only one whose Last 90 Days updates have slowed down but I have loved reading about how other bloggers are handling it!  Here are the blogs I’ve stumbled upon from others who are participating in the #Last90Days Challenge:

Keep up the good work!  You each inspire me to continue trying to be better than the person I was yesterday.  If you have any tips and tricks for motivation – please share them in the comments!  Until next time…

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