So, you want to make some changes eh? You want to tackle a long standing goal? Overcome a bad habit? Try something new? Need support and accountability? This is the challenge for you!
Your ultimate task in this challenge - the “required” portion - is to create one or more daily goals to conplete.
Why? Because I believe that changes are best made in baby steps. Seeing only the big picture and trying to make major leaps can seem daunting and unrealistic. So it is best to break up any major goals and huge steps into smaller ones.
So either the night before or first thing in the morning, decide what your goal is. Write it down. In a journal. Post on your blog. Write it on a sticky note on your computer. You can have more than one goal but do not overdo it. Too many small goals can be as stressful as one giant one. Your goal can change from one day to the next. Every day is a new day. Each day is unique and comes with it unique challenges, schedules, routines, etc.
For example: Let’s say on Day 1 your main goal is to drink X amount of water. Then say on Day 4 you feel pretty comfortable with the water habit, so you add a new goal to eat veggies at every meal. Then say on Day 15 you have a party to attend, your goal could be to only eat one piece of dessert.
And the goals don’t have to be strictly nutrition or fitness in nature. Anything that you feel you need and want to work on. Maybe it’s financial, career, school, family, faith or mental health related.
One of the 2 optional parts of this challenge is the Mental Health section. Every week I will post questions/activities that you can choose to participate in. Do some, do them all or none. It’s up to you!
Week 1, Day 1
Introduce Yourself - include any challenges you face and any long term goals you have. Optional: Post a “Before” pic and any statistics (measurements, PRS, etc) that may be relevant.
Week 1, Day 2
How do you deal with stress? If there are any unhealthy methods (ie: overeating), what can you do instead? Focus on what is realistic for YOU.
Week 1, Day 3
What is keeping you from achieving any goals you have set? How can you overcome those obstacles? Make a mini goal to work on one (example: busy schedule keeps you from eating well - prepare meals in advance to avoid grabbing unhealthy snacks/meals)
Week 1, Day 4
Gratitude Thursday! What are 5 things you are grateful for today?
Week 1, Day 5
Post a photo of something you love about yourself (does NOT have to be a physical thing. Are you good at art? Cooking? Smart?) Why do you love that about yourself?
Week 1, Day 6
Make it a goal today to do at least 30 minutes of something for yourself that makes you genuinely happy.
Week 1, Day 7
How was your first week? What went well? Anything you have learned?
deartreadmill will be posting the Optional Fitness section.
I am super excited to start this challenge with you all! Please be sure to tag all of your posts #jsj15 and cheer your fellow Jump Starters on!