3 september 2013

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september 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. Today this made me laugh. One of my most favorite movies!
  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 did drink 16 first thing, and then an additional 48 ounces today.
  6. Eat: 5x per day. Today I ate 3x, but lunch could have counted as 4 meals in itself.
  7. Fitness – Yoga: Go to Bikram Yoga at least 4x per week. Today I went to the 9 am class.
  8. Fitness – Arms: Follow this 30 Day Arms Challenge. (Mountain climbers may be difficult because of my toe.) Completed! 6 tricep dips, 5 pushups, 10 (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! 110 squats ; 130 crunches on the stability ball.
  10. Fitness – Buttocks: Do this Buttocks Workout video 4x per week.  [9-1] [9-2]
  11. Fitness – Core Challenge: Do this Core Challenge on the odd numbered days of the month.
  12. Fitness – Lower Ab Attack: Do this Lower Ab workout on the even numbered days of the month. Completed!
  13. Fitness – 30 Minute Ab Workout: Do this 30 Minute Ab Workout Video 2x per week. [9-2]
  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 lunges!
  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 I did it for awhile on my mat prior to yoga.
  18. Random Acts of Kindness: Make up my own Pay It Forward Deed of the Day and do it. Today I held open the door for a bunch of men to enter and exit the party store.
  19. Dream: List one thing I have always wanted to do each day. I have always wanted to show up at the airport with nothing and pick a place to go to, buy a ticket and go, and buy anything I need while I am there.
  20. Positively Positive: Push or sweep all negative or unhappy thoughts from my mind. I succeeded with this today.
  21. What I Like About Me: Write down one thing I like about myself every day and why. I like how I can smile and pretend like nothing is wrong to all the people I see during my day.  I don’t share my challenges with the coffee shop, the neighbors, yoga, etc.  So, the drama doesn’t fulfill all of my life!  And some things are “normal” during the day.
  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 did some hip flexing stretches on my mat today prior to class.
  2. Continue working on the flexibility of my shoulders/upper back. I did the shoulder stretch on the stability ball.
  3. Continue learning sign language. Today I learned post office.
  4. Continue studying astronomy.
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