Put Your Health First – Week 2 Challenge Check-In: Intensity Wanes

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How’s the challenge coming?  If you didn’t commit on this post or this post, are you willing to commit this week?  You don’t have to agree to a grueling amount of different exercises you hate.  You don’t even have to commit to exercise at all.  The whole goal of this challenge is to commit to doing one thing repeatedly for at least 1 month.  That means you could commit to 5 minutes of exercise once per week for 4 weeks (that’s only 20 minutes total over 30 days!).  Or, you could commit to 5 minutes 3 times per week.  Or any variation of time and days.

If exercising isn’t your challenge area, what is?  Do you need a little push taking your business to the next level?  How about your finances?  Can you commit to one small change that will make a big difference over the course of an entire month?  How about in your personal relationships?  

Fighting Overwhelm

Maybe it’s not just one thing….maybe it’s everything.  It’s all just too much and you don’t have time to do everything you have to do, let alone things you want to do.  If you can’t get all the ‘have-tos’ done, how can you justify spending time on something frivolous?

I wonder, if it’s not all getting done anyway, how bad would it be if you got just a little less done?  My guess is that it won’t hurt that much.  

Why?

Because we set our own deadlines.  So just change the deadline and rearrange your projects to fit in just a little bit of you time every day.  If someone else is setting your deadlines, consider how you got pulled into the project that is causing you so much stress.  You don’t have to keep doing it.  Just stop.  Quit any side project that isn’t making you feel good.  You need to prioritize what makes you feel better, instead of the things that make other people feel better.

Give Yourself A Check Up

Putting your health first is an absolute priority.  Just because you don’t ‘feel sick’ doesn’t mean that you are healthy.  If you don’t make the time to give your emotional and mental health a check-up and adjust course as needed, you will find yourself stuck.

You can only ignore your inner needs for so long.  Eventually you will feel run down, overwhelmed, confused, irritable, angry….does any of this sound familiar?

It is not a choice.  These are absolute needs.  Just like sleeping or eating.  People need to do things for pleasure.  They need to do things that help them relax.  And they need to be aware of how different activities make them feel (not just during the activity, but later too).  Think about the past 3 days.  When was the last time you did something you wanted to do?

And I mean, like for reals yo.  

I am not talking about the kind of “I want to do that” thing that is the thing you choose because you can’t do what you really want…like watching your favorite CBS lineup and Netflix reruns when you finally crash on the couch at 9:45 pm.  

What Are You Doing For Fun?

I am talking about something absolutely real…like you picked an activity, thought it would be fun, and then you went and did it…sans children or husband.

Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with doing fun things with your family.  But you need something that is just for you that you don’t have to share with them.  You are your own person and your family doesn’t have to like and do everything that you like to do.

So what are committing to?  There are still two weeks left in this challenge and you can join today.  All you have to do is comment on this post by filling in the blanks to this sentence:

Every _____________ at __________, for the next two weeks I will _______________, for at least ____________.

Once you leave a comment you will be all signed up.  If you are participating, make sure you leave a comment so that I know you are part of the challenge.  If you don’t want to share your thing publicly, send me an email at missy@sixthirtyone.com and tell me what you are doing to put your health first.

I’ll feature the most inspiring stories on the challenge round-up post so don’t forget to leave a comment or send me an email today.

Checking-In

I’m at the point where I feel like slowing down.  Last week I started thinking “Why did I commit to workout 5 days a week?  This is too much.  I’m too busy… blah blah blah.”  

I missed a couple workouts and had to catch them up on other days (so I was running and doing the body weight workout on the same day).  Obviously this is not ideal, but if I promise to do something, then I will do it.  So, I’ve been sucking it up and making it work.

That’s the whole point and the reason I made this challenge public.  I need to be held accountable too.  Publicly committing to you that I was going to finish these workouts no matter what has made me finish these workouts no matter what.  And as suspected, my writer’s block is dissipating…so, it seems my plan is working.

Runner ThinkerI get a lot of really good thinking done when I run.  I mentioned this before, and have always known.  But lately, it has really helped clear my head and helped me regain focus on my goals and projects for the future.

So far I’m giving this challenge two thumbs up – not because it’s super difficult.  But because it’s getting me to do something I haven’t been able to get myself to do for a long time.  I have actually been enjoying waking up at the asscrack of dawn to go running, or staying up until 11 pm to finish a workout because I didn’t have time all day.  

Prior to the challenge I would have come up with lots of excuses for why I couldn’t do it…I was too tired, I hadn’t relaxed all day, the house was a mess, the kids were crazy….

But, the truth is all of those things exist whether or not I workout.  When I don’t sleep enough I’m tired.  When I don’t relax I feel like I want a break.  My house is usually only partially clean.  And my kids are small so they are crazy by default.  

Guess what happened when I made time to workout?

Nothing.  Except that my workout was done.  I wasn’t any more tired because I worked out.  I wasn’t less relaxed.  In fact I was more so.  The house was still ready for me to clean when I got back….you get the point.

The only thing that changed was my mindset.  I decided to do it, so I did it.  That’s what I’m challenging you to do today.  You have as much time as everyone else.  You have as many obstacles as everyone else.  So, what are you doing to change your mindset?  Commit today and blow me away with the changes you make over the next two weeks.  

Committing is hard and following through is even harder.  It means you have to do things you don’t want to do, in order to get the things you really want.  But when you come out on the other side you will feel a huge sense of pride in your accomplishment.  And that is totally worth it.  

So, what do you want to do?  What do you need to do to get there?  Comment below and tell me.  I respond to every comment and I can’t wait to hear what you are working on.