As you may know, I am participating in a couple of challenges this month. Overall they are going well, although I must admit last week was a bit rougher for me. But that’s life. There are always challenges and you can either quit or keep going. I’m choosing to keep going!
Health and Wealth Wellness Challenge
The good news is I met the exercise portion of the challenge both weeks. We needed to exercise for a minimum of 10 minutes, 5 days a week. Incredibly doable, but I also know me. I am lazy and a procrastinator when it comes to exercise because me no likey. So I bought back my walk to the store to pick up Max’s cat food or an item I needed for dinner. Because I “needed” those items, I had to walk to the store. 🙂 And my store walks take longer than 10 minutes, although they could never be considered a heavy cardio workout.
My goal the remaining two weeks is to continue the walks but also add some additional cardio. Maybe walk up and down the stairs in my building and/or some strength exercises. I’d also eventually like to start swimming, so I need to check out the swimsuit situation and get a key to the pool area. Baby steps, people. 🙂
I also set the goal to not snack after 8 p.m. because unfortunately that had become a problem for me. Honestly, I thought it would be easier to quit than it was. There was one day I slipped up, but otherwise I did good. But I really had to watch myself!
The Wealth Update
The wealth area, save and/or make money, I did okay in too, although there is plenty of room for improvement! This may sound weird, but I love grocery shopping. And thanks to my love of grocery stores and my morning walk to pick up Max’s food, I found some great deals at Fresh and Easy. They always clearance their soon-to-expire meats and fresh bakery goods (love their bagels), but I haven’t found any great bargains for a long time. I almost skipped checking and I’m so glad that I went inside.
I scored some great deals on beef stew meat, chicken breasts, chicken hindquarters and chicken legs (yes, lots of chicken!). For about $11, I will have 20+ meals. Woo-hoo! Meat is always so expensive so it’s great to have a full freezer and only need a couple additional items for the next couple of months.
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The Writing Challenge
I set the goal to write one hour, 5 days a week. The first week I did brilliantly. The first day was the trickiest. My creative juices were feeling a bit sluggish but once they kicked into gear, it became easier and easier. In fact, it was lots of fun. Then week two rolled around and I sort of lost interest. I was distracted by some other things going on in my life that needed my attention more.
So I did not meet this goal, which is disappointing, but I’m not beating myself over up it either. As important as this goal is to me, some days other priorities simply trump it. It is what it is. I’ll take my lumps for not meeting my weekly goal and greet a new week with the intent to be successful.
I Want to Win
One thing I realized is that winning motivates me to not only continue, but to tackle harder goals that will bring significant and tangible results. I tend to start with hard goals, which can lead to failure and me quitting, which is why I started with very easy and achievable goals this time. I wanted to be excited to continue and to see how much I could up my game. I’m not always the most patient person in the world, but I need to remember that it was the tortoise who won the race. And I want to win.