7 september 2013


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. Ok, so not a video, but this headline made me laugh: G20 Ends Abruptly as Obama calls Putin a Jackass.  I think it’s funny that our leaders use phrases and name-calling as simple as this.  It’s relatable.
  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 drank 0 ounces of water today.  [warning – gross!: I have a really hard time getting water down when my allergies cause a lot of mucus and nasal drainage.  I can’t get it down.  It makes me want to throw up.]
  6. Eat: 5x per day. Today I ate 5x.
  7. Fitness – Yoga: Go to Bikram Yoga at least 4x per week. Today I went to the 8 am class.  I only went three times this week – I hope to make it up next week with an extra class.
  8. Fitness – Arms: Follow this 30 Day Arms Challenge. (Mountain climbers may be difficult because of my toe.) Completed! 8 Tricep dips, 6 push ups, 12 (slow) mountain climbers!
  9. Fitness – Squats/Crunches: Follow this 30 Day Challenge. (Add 50 to the squats count and 100 to the crunches count.) I did 130 squats (sumo style) & 150 crunches on the stability ball.
  10. Fitness – Buttocks: Do this Buttocks Workout video 4x per week.  [9-1] [9-2] [9-7] I only did this three times this week.
  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. [9-2] I only did this once this week.
  14. Fitness – 6 Pack Abs (2): Do this Level 2 Six Pack Abs Workout Video 3x per week. Oops!  I didn’t do this at all this week.  Yikes!
  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 (very slow) mountain climbers! It was more like an in-place crab walk.
  16. Fitness – Fun!: Pick one day a week and choose a workout off of Pinterest (or any where on the web) and do it! Today I did this: http://pinterest.com/pin/303852306080174720/ – Bum & Leg Workout.
  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 a bunch of small meditations while in various stretching poses.  The combined time was way over 10 minutes.
  18. Random Acts of Kindness: Make up my own Pay It Forward Deed of the Day and do it.  Today I paid for the person behind me in the Starbuck’s drive through line.
  19. Dream: List one thing I have always wanted to do each day. I have always wanted to go to Burning Man – this has been reenergized after seeing all the pictures of it on Instagram.
  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 don’t mind that my house is messy.  I do not feel a constant need to keep it clean and orderly – like no one lives here or something.
  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 stretches on my mat prior to class and a lot on the floor at home today.
  2. Continue working on the flexibility of my shoulders/upper back. I did some stretches on my mat prior to class today, and on my stability ball at home, plus the plow, and some various other stretches on the floor.
  3. Continue learning sign language. Today I learned museum.
  4. Continue studying astronomy.

cheer me along!

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