Can you believe it’s already February???
I still have my Christmas decorations up. Whoops.
Granted, it’s only a 3 foot tall fiber optic tree, a couple strands of lights, and a plaque…but still. I probably ought to take them down. Will I get Valentine’s decor up?
Mmmmm….probably not. But that’s ok.
So here we are in January, which means another month of goals. I don’t know that I ever shared my January goals with you, so let’s talk about that first. Last month, I decided I was going to drink 64 ounces of water every day, and do yoga every day. Yoga fell by the wayside after about 3 days, because I was struggling to get my water in, and by the time I got it all down I felt like a balloon. BUT – I’m proud to report that I got my water in every day, with the exception of the 3 days I was sick. So I’m counting this as a win.
Not gonna lie, it was tough. The first few weeks, I wanted to give up.
Someone asked me how I stay motivated day after day to complete these self-imposed challenges… It’s funny, really. It’s not so much motivation as it is stubbornness. See, I’m fine for the first 3 to 5 days. Motivation is high. I’ve got a goal, I’ve got a plan, and I’m going to make positive changes. Then along about the week mark, I’m tired. I’m lazy. I don’t want to do my challenge. But I’ve already done a week, and if I stop, all that will have been for nothing. (not really true, but that’s how my mind works). So I keep going. And then it’s 2 weeks down, and suddenly I’m halfway there, and it’d be silly to stop. So I keep going. And then it’s 3 weeks down, and suddenly I’m enjoying myself. I like what I’m doing, I feel better, and I feel proud. And let’s face it, there’s a week left and I’m not a wimp and I refuse to be a quitter. So I keep going. And then it’s a month down, and suddenly the challenge is a habit and a new month is starting.
And that, friends, is how you knock out a challenge.
You just keep going.
You find whatever humble, arrogant, honorable, selfish, selfless, vain reason you can, and you refuse to give in to yourself. You beat your challenge, but you also beat your excuses. You silence that annoying voice telling you you can’t, and you do.
Because it doesn’t matter why, it doesn’t matter how, it doesn’t matter if people think you’re an inspiration or insane… All that matters is you find whatever it takes to get through one more day.
So I got through my water challenge. And you know what? Water isn’t such a big deal anymore. Am I going to keep trying for 64 ounces every day? No. I’m dropping down to 32, because I realized that fruits, vegetables, and other things count towards keeping you hydrated, and that regardless I’m doing better than I was. It’s easier to drink water now, and though I don’t really feel any different, I know it’s good for me. So yay for water!!!
I’ve got no clue what I want to give myself as a reward, so I think I’m just going to take a dollar for every day I got my water in, and put it in a jar until I think of something I really want.
As for February, I’ve got three things I want to work on this month. Number one is bringing back my fitness challenge. 15 minutes of exercise a day. No limits, no excuses. Just moving.
I also want to organize and clean up my craft room, and sell my Saturn. Well, no, I don’t want to sell my Saturn, but she’s been sitting in my driveway for a year, and that’s just cruel. She needs a little work, but more importantly she needs love and attention and someone to take her home. That’ll be hard…she was my first car, and I’m just a smidge attached. Why have I let her languish in the driveway? Because it took me a year to realize that letting her sit was worse than selling her.
In other fun news, I feel like we haven’t talked in forever. Maybe because we haven’t. My fault, I know.
I FINALLY bought a freezer, which is super exciting. I also finally broke down and bought some Pura Vida bracelets. And I’m finally ready to share Montana pictures with you, so there’s that to look forward to. I’ve got a few other ideas rolling around too, so here’s a promise – I’ll be more present in February.
What did you accomplish last month? What are you working towards this month?