1 september 2013

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30 day challenge

  1. Blog Challenge: I have this book called Daily Steps for God Chicks by Holly Wagener. It is a 90 day devotional. [I have not read it yet.] I am going to do the first 30 days (and maybe continue it into the next months). Each day includes a step, and I will blog the step on this site. I expect it to include some real confessions, inner secrets and be very revealing. Posted here.
  2. Creative Writing: Follow this 30 Day Creative Writing Challenge. Posted here.
  3. Photo Challenge: Follow this 30 Day Photo Challenge. Post on Instagram: @jackjosephsmom Posted!
  4. Humor Challenge: Find a funny video on YouTube each day and post it. Posted here.
  5. Water: Drink at least 100 ounces of water per day. Try to drink at least 16 of these ounces first thing in the morning. I didn’t drink 16 first thing, but I did get in over 72 ounces of plain tea.
  6. Eat: 5x per day. Today I ate 4x.
  7. Fitness – Yoga: Go to Bikram Yoga at least 4x per week.
  8. Fitness – Arms: Follow this 30 Day Arms Challenge. (Mountain climbers may be difficult because of my toe.) Completed! 6 tricep dips, 4 pushups, 8 (slow!) mountain climbers!
  9. Fitness – Squats/Crunches: Follow this 30 Day Challenge. (Add 50 to the squats count and 100 to the crunches count.) Completed! 100 squats – sumo style; 120 crunches on the stability ball.
  10. Fitness – Buttocks: Do this Buttocks Workout video 4x per week. Completed! [9-1]
  11. Fitness – Core Challenge: Do this Core Challenge on the odd numbered days of the month. Completed!
  12. Fitness – Lower Ab Attack: Do this Lower Ab workout on the even numbered days of the month.
  13. Fitness – 30 Minute Ab Workout: Do this 30 Minute Ab Workout Video 2x per week.
  14. Fitness – 6 Pack Abs (2): Do this Level 2 Six Pack Abs Workout Video 3x per week,
  15. Fitness – Random: Follow this 100 Reps Challenge (a different exercise each day you do 100 times). There are only 27 days on here, so the remaining 3 days I will just randomly pick one. Completed 100 [narrow] squats!
  16. Fitness – Fun!: Pick one day a week and choose a workout off of Pinterest (or any where on the web) and do it!
  17. Meditate: 10 minutes per day. (I found an app from Huffington Post – GPS for the Soul. It has a sensor that measures your beats per minute through your phone’s camera! It’s pretty cool. It reminds you daily to check in with yourself, offers stress tips, has guides, yoga poses, meditation videos, breathing exercises – and you can search by minutes (1 min, 2 min, 5min…) depending on how much time you have. Oh, by the way, it’s free!) Today was my first day of meditation.  I set my phone countdown for ten minutes, laid down on my tummy on the floor, my head resting on one ear and I focused on breathing.  I concentrated on breathing in and out, in & out.  Any time a thought came into my head, I pushed it away and recentered on my breathing.  I switched my head to lay on the other ear at some point.  When the alarm went off, I was shocked how quickly time had passed.  I felt clear and revived.
  18. Random Acts of Kindness: Make up my own Pay It Forward Deed of the Day and do it. Today I left $5 for the baristas at the coffee shop.
  19. Dream: List one thing I have always wanted to do each day. I have always wanted to take a train ride through Canada and see a bunch of hockey games.
  20. Positively Positive: Push or sweep all negative or unhappy thoughts from my mind. It was a calm, easy day – it wasn’t hard to push out negative thoughts because I didn’t have a lot come into my mind.
  21. What I Like About Me: Write down one thing I like about myself every day and why. I like how generous I am.  I would give you my very last anything just because you wanted it or needed it.  I like this about me because it shows that people are more important to me than things.
  22. Read: 2 New Fiction Books this month from authors I have never read before. I was given this book, The Shack by Wm. Paul Young, years ago as a gift for my birthday or Christmas – it doesn’t matter which, they are practically the same day.  I decided today (9-1) to finally read it, and it has left me with a lot of thoughts to ponder.  I have dog eared many of the pages to refer back to them for clarity and to reread for further understanding.  The tagline is “Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity”.  There was never a reason for never reading it before now – but something I had heard recently, from a yoga instructor when I told her something she said in class helped me finally achieve something I had been struggling with for years – made me realize why now is was the time.  My yoga instructor told me that I was finally able to achieve what I had been struggling with for so long was that I was finally ready, open to hear the instruction that took me to the next level in my practice.  It seems now was the time I was finally open and ready to read this book and to clearly understand the messages in the book.  This book has struck me as exactly what I need right now – to move forward, to accept my own tragedy and to forgive.  Please read this book.  It is transformational.
  23. Read: 1 Biography this month.
  24. Watch: 2 Documentaries this month.
  25. Watch: 2 Movies this month.
  26. Host: 2 Dinner Parties this month.
  27. Art: Draw 1 picture this month.
  28. Upcycle: 2 things from my closet into something new.
  29. Create: Make a candle from scratch.
  30. Avoided Household Task: Hook up the surround sound system. Correctly. Mount speakers.

Bonus: Social: Go out one night to a crowded bar, for at least one hour.

Ongoing: These items I will continue going forward, but don’t feel they should take up a challenge line item going into the future.

  1. Continue working on the flexibility of my hips. I spent a lot of time doing this on the floor while I was reading today.
  2. Continue working on the flexibility of my shoulders/upper back.
  3. Continue learning sign language. Today I learned football.
  4. Continue studying astronomy.
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