I just completed one that was a nine-week challenge and included daily tasks as: Burn 250 calories, eat 2 servings of fruit and 3 servings of vegetables, de-clutter for 15 minutes, have a dinner plan by noon, family scripture study 6 days a week, 15 minutes of personal scripture study, keep an electronic food journal, no eating after 9 pm, drink 80 oz. of water, and an evening routine that you detail at the beginning of the challenge. As well, there was a personal wildcard that you could change every 3 weeks and a weekly health/fitness challenge that changed every week. For my personal wildcard, I decided to practice the piano for 30 minutes a day, and although I'm not ready to perform in front of anyone I certainly am better than I was several weeks ago. It is one of those things I will continue because I really see the benefit of doing it. And, this is such a great time of year to sit at the piano and play.
For me the hardest part of this challenge was the 80 oz. of water--that is a lot of water. I loved the de-cluttering.
What have I learned from these challenges?
- I CAN do hard things.
- I am more disciplined than I thought.
- It's amazing how driven I am when there is a point involved.
- I do my best work when it is "team week" or "partner week" and someone else is depending on me.
- I really enjoy the group camaraderie--each week we have a question which we have to answer, and it is so fun to read everyone's answers and learn from them.
- I LOVE to be challenged.
As I've participated in these challenges in the past, there is usually one week that includes the one that is the toughest ever for me--you can only have one treat a day. WHAT????? This challenge didn't have that at all. So I guess I missed it because I have decided for the month of November to challenge myself to do that--only have one treat a day. Now that may be easy for YOU, but not for ME. I love my treats. Of course, Allan laughs that sugar free chocolate would be considered a TREAT.
So, needless to say, I've been a little GRUMPY. (Okay, I should say VERY GRUMPY ; )
Poor Allan, I know he will be happy when it is December 1.