My first attempt at the 30-day squat challenge didn’t make it past day 15. But I’m trying it again!
I’m on day 17 and have stayed on task the entire time. What’s the difference? Friends!
A dear friend of mine lives two hours away. I get to see her about twice a year. She recently suggested that we do the squat challenge together.
Every day, i text her my progress. She’ll chime in with hers. The bonus is that I get to text my friend every day and we’re doing something that’s good for us.
The accountability makes a big difference and knowing that she’s in this challenge with me is encouraging.
Aiming to do the full 30-day challenge.
I learned that if something doesn’t work the first time, it just means we can try it again by being better prepared.
The most important thing for me in this challenge is to finish the given set for each day. I try not to put too much pressure on myself and I do short sets throughout the days. I use the squat sets as breaks from the computer and in between tasks around the house.
The best is when I get them all done before I have to go to work. That way, I don’t feel like I have another task hovering over my head all day. But some days, I have to manage the sets throughout the day. I learned how to be more accepting of myself and just getting it done.
Is there a challenge you would try again?
Change in work schedule. Change in budget. Sounds minor, but the impact it had on my workouts and meals made a big difference.
I got stuck. Skipped one day of walking. Then, two days of eating past 7pm. Then holiday parties, and those yummy biscotti things with caramel drizzle from Costco. The onset of peppermint mochas and the alleged seasonal obligation to drink one, okay, maybe, two a day.
Then the kid’s on vacation, so they stay up late, evening snacks, more french fries than usual. No sports.
I have to start over. I was disappointed for a while, then looked back on what I was tracking around this time last year. Light bulb! I can just start over! But this time, I’m starting at 13lbs LESS than my weight last year.
I started to appreciate all the minor adjustments that I made: got more sleep, short workouts. I saw how gentle I was on myself and I celebrated every little thing.
If I did it before, then I can do it again. This was a big lesson for me in working through the different seasons and starting from a much healthier place. I learned I can’t be 100% all the time. But I don’t have to be discouraged if I’m at 50%. It just means I can give myself permission to change gears and work my way back up to what works for me.
The new year can lead to new ways. Or, in my case, to use what I know already worked and instead, give myself a new view.
Here’s to starting over! 🙂