Wrapping Up the Year

At the end of October I wrote about the Last 90 Days Challenge that I am taking part in and wanted to post an update about how that is wrapping up and a few things that will carry over in to 2019 from these habits!

The Five to Thrive that the challenge focuses around are:

  • Get up an hour earlier every day and use that time for you.
  • Exercise for at least 30 minutes every day.
  • Drink half your body weight in ounces of water every day.
  • Give up one food category that you know you shouldn’t have.
  • Write down 10 things that you are grateful for every day.

While I don’t always enjoy the early morning alarm (4:25!) it has been a great habit to add to my routine. I took the leap and took advantage of a membership deal and have been going every morning to knock out both my “me time” and my exercise time.

Water has never been an issue for me, but cutting out my other drinks has! I found a water bottle that divides my water intake into four bottles each day, so I make myself drink at least three of them before I’m allowed to have any other beverages. This usually happens before lunch time which gives me the afternoon and evening to finish off my last bottle and enjoy something at dinner time. Which leads to the food category I gave up…

Coffee. Yes. It’s been almost 90 days since I’ve had coffee (with the exception of two days last week when my youngest had a bronchial infection and neither of us were sleeping). It’s not as much about the actual coffee or even the caffeine for me; it’s about the fact that I like flavors and sweetness and sugar in my coffee. And if I only get one non-water beverage a day, I don’t want it to negate my morning workout! I also have not had any candy since the second week of the challenge and am working on cutting down other desserts as well. We don’t eat a lot of them, so it’s more about portion control than elimination; one cookie instead of five; a small slice of cake or pie; one scoop of ice cream.

Then I cut out dairy – or at least am working towards that goal. Since our youngest has a pretty severe dairy allergy, I’ve been working on becoming more mindful of how much dairy we consume because as she starts eating more and more of the same things we are eating I need think more about what I’m cooking. I started with cutting out cheese and that has been HARD! I haven’t even considered adding anything else to the list yet because I’m only at about 50% success with the cheese thing.

So, what’s moving in to 2019 with me? All of it! The morning workouts make such a huge difference in how my day goes. When I have to skip a day, I can tell how much less energy I have, how much more I drag through the day and how much more blah I feel. I’ve noticed a huge change in my skin and hair with the increased hydration. Normally, by this time of year, I am slathering on the hand cream to keep my skin from drying out and cracking. This year, I’ve only had to resort to that a few random days. I might loosen up on the coffee part, maybe one cup a week or so, but will keep on being mindful of desserts and working toward less dairy.

The thing that has made the biggest difference in my mindset has been ending each day writing down 10 things that I’m thankful for. I find myself throughout the day focusing on finding things to write down that night. There have been a few days that it’s a stretch to make it to 10, but more days they fly out of the pen.

Hope your week goes great and your year ends on an upward swing. There will be no post next week but we will be jumping back on track January 7 to start the new year strong!

Happy Planning and Happy Holidays,



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