1- Exercise at least 45 minutes: Any pre-decided form of exercise that you feel confident giving yourself a point for. Time can be split into increments as long as there’s 45 minutes daily.
2- Water: Drink at least half your body weight in ounces of water. No soda or alcohol.
3- Eat at least 2 servings of fruits and veggies: Fresh, frozen or dried are acceptable. Canned, V8, etc. doesn’t count.
4- No refined sugar.
5- No eating after 8 p.m.
6- Spiritual reading: At least 15 minutes.
7- Journal: Write in a personal journal or diary.
8- Gratitude: At least once, express sincere gratitude or appreciation to another. A casual “I love you” at the end of a phone call won’t cut it.
9- Spending: Track spending daily (write it down, keep receipts, etc.) and stay within a planned weekly budget.
10- Personal Goal: Any goal written down at the start of the day. (Dust house, write letter, spend an hour painting, weed yard, etc.)
#1 was a little challenging because I was used to exercising for less than 45 minutes. I had to get used to doing #7 and #10, too (well, honestly, #7 through #10). By far, the hardest were #4 and #5. I usually had refined sugar three days a week.
I'm glad that:
- I was capable of doing all (most) of these things. I tried to manage my time well and do first things first, but a lot of times I did the goal, reading, journal writing, and even exercising after the kids were in bed.
- I really enjoyed getting back into writing in my journal (unfortunately I haven't since the challenge ended, but I will not let too much time go by without writing).
- I did feel good.
- I learned that tons of things have sugar in them. Or high-fructose corn syrup. Or both.
- I will at least get back the $10 I paid. I came in third place. I don't know how many were actually doing this in the beginning, but there were only three of us who stuck with it (kept emailing their scores every week). Congratulations to my friend who got perfect points!