As of December 31, 2011 I am now 20% of the way into this project, so I wanted to pause and take a peak backwards. Just five quick insights:
- Habits can become easier to stick with after 30 days, but for me some will take longer, and/or revisiting to become more permanent – the calorie counting and exercising for example.
I actually did a 5 day Power Challenge last week – combining no alcohol, 1500 calories a day, working out 30 minutes a day, AND my current challenge of writing for 30 minutes – keeping track of all this took more focus, but was quite manageable (and I lost those few pounds that had crept back on).
- I do feel like I am taking a more disciplined, organized approach to most aspects of my life now – and am consciously trying to optimize my actions and behaviors, and this makes me feel less stressed and happier overall.
- Speaking of happy, around New Years I read The Happiness Project, by Gretchen Rubin. It is a very well organized and researched book, with different challenges and themes each month aimed at the study of creating more happiness in our daily lives. I didn’t know the book or her blog existed when I started this project, but am now even further inspired for what I am doing here.
- I have decided on my next 6 months of challenges, which I am truly excited about and look forward to undertaking with even more enthusiasm than the previous ones – I hope you’ll stay tuned, there are a few fun ones to come!