I don't know about you, but lately I've been struggling to keep commitments to myself.
It makes me crazy… and I do it to myself!
When I treat myself the way that I should - I feel great. And when I don’t, I feel lousy.
There lies the age-old question… Why don’t I do what I know I should do?!
I absolutely know how to treat myself in order to feel good. I know how to treat myself in order to feel great! And yet, right now I feel awful! - I’m tired. I’ve lost that spring in my step. And there are no excuses… because I did this to myself.
The truth is, I’ve been slacking. A let a break for a few days, lead to a week… to then a month. And now, I find myself at about 3 months! Boy do I look and feel differently than I did when I was living right.
Now, I’ve started asking myself, “Are you tired of feeling like crap yet?!”
I can ponder how I let this happen. A lot goes into that.
And I'm sure the answer is different for each and every one of us.
I believe that we tend to live our lives on autopilot.
It's easy that way.
We create habits for ourselves, and then we do the same thing every day.
Unfortunately, when we have bad habits, we suffer both physically and emotionally.
Bad habits are hard to break.
And to break them, you have to make a commitment to break them.
You have to be mindful. You have to be purposeful.
If not, then autopilot kicks in… and you will find yourself turning on the television, rather than going for a walk after dinner. You will find yourself hitting the snooze button on your alarm, rather than waking up and stretching before you shower.
In order to swipe ourselves out of autopilot, we need to replace what we are doing with something that better serves us.
Do you feel like it's time to create some new habits for yourself? I sure do!
I'm ready to make a commitment. To get up and get going again. To take a step in the right direction. AND I’m hoping that you will join me.
Introducing #Heart30 - a commitment to REALLY love yourself for 30 days and set the foundation for happy, healthy and hearty habits to change our lives for the better.
Why #Heart30?! - As I’ve been trying to get my gears back in motion, I discovered a program called ’75 Hard’ - while it sounded great, and I considered doing it… I read that over 90% of participants failed! You read that right… 90% Having read that, I knew I needed to create my own challenge. Where instead of 90% failing… there would be 90% succeeding!
It takes 30 days to build a habit. And the first 30 days can be the hardest.
So, let’s make a plan, a workable program to ensure our success.
The body supports the mind.
Therefore, we must take care of our bodies, to keep our minds sharp.
The sharper the mind, the more we’ll care for our bodies.
There are five main components of my #Heart30 challenge:
#1 - SLEEP
Sleep is so vital to our health, and yet it is often neglected.
Studies show that we need at least seven hours of sleep a night.
I’m not sure what your sleep habits are now, but it’s time to get cozy and commit!
Gone are the days of falling asleep to our digital screens (tv shows, movies, scrolling on our phones and tablets) and waking up just to hit our snooze alarms two to three times.
Early to bed, Early to rise.
Make a commitment to sleeping better.
#2 - WATER
We can’t live without water… and yet we deprive ourselves of it. Why do we allow ourselves to get thirsty? And by the time we feel thirst, we’re already dehydrated!
I didn’t drink much water before, but now I love drinking water. In fact, I’m usually only drinking water. I personally aim for one gallon a day… but let’s say you’re not drinking any water - then I would encourage you to start.
You decide! How much water do you aspire to drink?
Make a commitment to drinking more water.
#3 - SELF-CARE
What fulfills you?! - reading a chapter in a book, journaling, taking a warm bath, reading the Bible, etc. The choice is yours.
Make a commitment to planning daily activities that fill your bucket.
#4 - DIET
I won’t tell you what diet to do, as I believe most of us already know what our bodies need and don’t need. Take this element of the challenge and make it your own. Maybe you’re just trying to cut back on carbs, limit your sweets, try a Keto or Mediterranean diet. Choose any healthy diet, and Make a commitment to stick to it.
#5 - EXERCISE
The sky’s the limit. It’s time to move, whether it be big, whether it be small. No excuses. Aspire towards taking a walk every day, even if its just to the end of the block. If that’s not enough of a challenge, shoot for a mile! If the weather isn’t nice enough, how about some exercise bands? Stretching? Yoga? Find what suits you. This challenge is meant for you to love yourself, not hurt yourself. Use this component as a reminder to yourself, that you can do anything you set your mind to.
My personal goal is to walk 9,000 steps a day, strength train three days a week, and practice cardio five days a week. I know from experience that this works for me.
Start where you’re at, and make it enough of a challenge that you can be proud of yourself when the 30 days are done. Make a commitment to daily movement.
This is #Heart30. Are you ready?!
It all begins on February 14th, Valentine’s Day.
Additional program details, digital downloads and more to come! Get excited.
As February begins, take the time to think on each of the five components listed above and find an accountability partner if you can. If you don't have anyone who wants to do it with you, you’re not alone. I will match you up or I'll be your partner myself. :)
Live every day on purpose,