I MADE IT!
I made it to day 100 of my 100 Days of Health and Happiness and it’s SUCH a great feeling!
I’m so proud of myself for sticking to something for that long and I’m so happy about the lessons I’ve learnt along the way.
To summarise the goals that I wanted to achieve with what I did and didn’t achieve please read below:
Goals Achieved –
– Yoga inversions improved
– Swim 2km non-stop (smashed this out of the park and swam in in 40mins!)
– Upper body strength doubled
– 20 nose to ground push-ups (I can do 20 on my knees nose to the ground and I can do 20 on my toes but with elbows to 90degrees so this would have to be a ‘half-way’ goal). I am super stoked that if someone asks me to drop and give them 20 I can do that on my toes now.
– Move my body every day (there were only two days this didn’t happen – the day after we got our puppy as I was exhausted and also didn’t want to leave her alone for long and when I was sick)
– Employed my first Moxxi staff
– Spring cleaned my house like a boss!
– Booked and planned a beach holiday (WAFeb 2014)
– Trained Lucy (puppy) to sit, walk without pulling too much, sit in the car, get on her bed, come, toilet trained (didn’t master Stay or no jumping up on people yet).
– no booze
– no coffee
– clean eating
– keep a daily gratitude diary
– Feel healthier, fitter, happier and ready to take on 2014 with GUSTO!
– Deadlift, squat and running goals due to injury. Tendinitis of the hip flexor is quite hard to rest and recover from as you use it allllll the time)
– Camping one weekend due to many many unexpected guests and terrible weather for months! (I didn’t want to achieve this so badly that I would go in the rain)
-blog every day (massive oversight by me. This was the hardest part by far and I had several ongoing tech issues which still seem to haunt me today)
– knit my first jumper (due to it becoming more of a chore than something I like to do to relax I let this one go so I can just knit a few rows here and there etc)
– financial goal due to poor planning around puppy costs and a gazillion Christmas flights.
– Goal setting: you can be more flexible in timing around goals as there are some things that you can’t control. For example, I want to still hit my running goal but I don’t know when this will be as my injury is still plaguing me.
– Some things that I made as goals I took the enjoyment out of them by forcing myself to do them by a certain time. For example, my knitting is something I like to do when I feel relaxed and have the time. By setting a time limit on knitting my first jumper I was making myself knit when I didn’t feel like it and it began to feel like a chore. This took the enjoyment out of it so I relaxed on the time frame of this. I have still done a significant amount and will finish it in about a week.
– Many goals can be achieved in less time than you think so I will from now on be more realistic in how I set my times and probably only set 30 day goals and if something doesn’t get done in that time frame I’ll add it to the next 30 day challenge.
– Habits can be broken in about 35 days. Not drinking alcohol or coffee was hard for the first 6 weeks and then it just became normal.
– Clean eating is THE best way to lose fat. I didn’t lose weight but I’ve changed my body shape significantly. My stomach is the flattest it’s ever been with still being very healthy and my shoulders are more round and muscular than stick like. It’s a great achievement for someone who has always been skinny but always had a pot belly. I now have more muscle and less fat which is very good peace of mind as I feel stronger and I am less concerned about fat around my organs. This was always a weird feeling for me as always being skinny I think I had less motivation to get fit as I ‘looked’ good but I felt weak and frumpy. Now I’ve changed this and feel great for it.
– Blogging every day is HARD and kudos to anyone who does it!
– As long as you have a drink in your hand at social events you don’t need to drink alcohol.
– You don’t need coffee. Your body will get used to it and you will feel SO much better without it once you kick the habit.
– Exercising every day IS possible without negative effects. It is possible to simply go for a walk or do some yoga. It’s easy to make the time for it and once you’ve got into the habit of it (after about 35 days) you’ll miss not doing it on one day.
– Telling your friends about your goals helps you to get them done. I am so grateful for the support many friends have given me, especially my partner who gave up the booze and ate clean with me for the majority of the project.
– You don’t need to deprive yourself of things you truly LOVE. I have HATED going without gelato for 100 days. Whilst I did have 1 Magnum ice-cream (one night at the theatre when I was sick and needed something but my options were that or a packet of chips) and did learn to make many clean, sugar-free versions of ice-cream, I couldn’t get rid of my craving for real Italian gelato. It’s not just the taste but the texture and the fun of it. It reminds me of Italy and it’s just SO yummy. So whilst I will go back to enjoying gelato, I will now have my home-made stuff at home and keep the other treats from my life that I used to have (cake, pasteries, etc) that I didn’t enjoy as much so that I can keep the gelato as my one treat which hopefully means I’ll be having less treats all up.
– The calmness and clarity and decrease in anxiety that I’ve had in my life can be attributed to the decrease in coffee I believe. I’m so glad to have stopped drinking it.
– The gratitude diary is without a doubt one of THE best things you can do for your happiness. If you don’t have one, go out and get one NOW.
And finally, the biggest lesson is – It’s not about the getting of the goal, it’s about who you become in getting there. I am a much more focussed, self-aware, healthier, happier person now that I have reached for these goals. I have learnt a lot about myself. So at the end of the day, this challenge has been so worth every second and I recommend it to ANYONE 🙂
To wrap up, here is a video of me completing my final physical goal to swim 2km non-stop. It’s a silly one 🙂
If you would like to continue to follow my progress and what I’m up to you can come over to my new blog at http://moxxigroup.com.au/blog/