As I am trying my best to be a part of Rachel Hollis’ 90 day challenge where we “simply” follow her Five to Thrive(to sign up or find more information click the link https://thechicsite.com/90days/ ) I try to take a step back and think what this challenge really means for me. For those that know about this challenge, know how easy it sounds coming out of our mouths, but how hard it translates into every day life. I think the key to this challenge is bringing to our attention what we let slide through the cracks of our daily lives. Something as simple as drinking water gets put on the back burner when you find yourself neck deep in the chaos of working, doing bills, family/friend functions, taking care of your children, battling acute/chronic illnesses, and the list goes on and on. What I really love about Rachel Hollis and her husband Dave, is that they make it real by adding in what happens to them on a regular basis that prevents or makes it harder to complete their own challenge. It doesn’t put them on a pedestal, but brings them down to eye-level with us by letting us know that we are not alone. This challenge for me has been a refocus of my attention off of others and onto myself. It’s been five months since I had my sweet baby girl and I couldn’t be happier, but I definitely put myself aside to care for her and everything else in our lives. When life has become over-whelming and I lose that focus on myself,
I DO THESE 3 THINGS:
1.DO WHAT I CAN RIGHT NOW…
There will always be problems I can’t solve right away and instead of dwelling on what I can’t do, I have refocused on what I can do RIGHT NOW. I may not always be able to workout 30 minutes in a day at a gym. Instead of throwing away the few minutes I have, I use the 5 to 10 minutes I do have because it is better than nothing. Whether it is taking the stairs at work, or walking my baby girl in the neighborhood until she is bored for 15 minutes. Some is always better than none.
2.BE MINDFUL WHEN EATING
Probably the hardest thing for me with this challenge. I have a terrible time watching what I eat. Today I listened to Rachel Hollis’ podcast Rise that she attached in an e-mail from when she interviewed the author of Body Love, Kelly LeVeque. I was truly inspired by what she had to say. I have always been into nutrition and I know what to eat, but always wanted a calculated plan to follow, then I get bored with the routine. Kelly explains in the podcast that as long as you are mindful of what you are putting into your body then you can be varied in your diet. She puts the focus on sugar and how it causes all the hangry episodes, tiredness, and main reason as to why we cheat ourselves when “dieting”. She simplifies it and makes it easy. I now know that as long as I am giving myself what it needs, I won’t be hungry for what I don’t. Nutrition is important and should be a main focus when trying to improve ourselves.
3.GIVE YOURSELF SOME SLACK
I am hard on myself and I give myself mile-long to-do lists that I have no way of completing in a day’s time. Sometimes I have to just sit down and do what makes me happy and forgive myself when I don’t get things done. I just remember that life goes on without us and your problems will be there tomorrow. If I don’t take care of myself then I can’t take care of anything else. Sometimes you need those conversations with yourself where you say, “Hey! You are doing great! Life isn’t fair most times, but there are some really happy moments. So, relax, reflect, and recalculate your next move. You got this!”
Who can relate to these struggles in their own lives? Does anyone have any input, if so, I want to hear it. Contact me through my contact page, or e-mail me directly firstname.lastname@example.org. If I have enough responds, I may bring back my monthly e-mail.
Until Next Time