Monday, November 30, 2015
Today, I started my latest Healthy 65 Challenge. This is a life-improvement initiative launched by co-worker Juliana Keeping last year to cover 65 days from about Thanksgiving to after the first of the next year. This time, it actually will end Ground Hog Day, Feb 2. It's an informal challenge, but I found last year that it helped me have a healthier mindset that went beyond the stated goal of significantly reducing my exorbitant gum consumption. I exceeded that goal and continue to follow the plan that helped me there. (It just occurred to me that Julianna says one thing she likes about 65 days is that it should be long enough to establish a new habit. But for me and my gum chewing, I'm very aware that reduced gum-chewing did not become a habit for me, and if I didn't keep daily track, I'm pretty sure I'd quickly be back to the super excessive amount. Seems crazy but I know it's true.)
Anyway, I wasn't sure I would participate this year. I couldn't think of a worthy physical challenge I wanted to take on. But then a healthy behavior came to mind. So my #Healthy65 Challenge is to abstain from complaining. I want to quit whining and pointing out the negative. I want to say something positive or say nothing at all. And I want to somehow do this without denying or stuffing my feelings.
Sunday, November 29, 2015
Thursday, November 26, 2015
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
I've been trying to decide whether to do the #Healthy65 Challenge coordinated by a co-worker this year. And the answer, finally, is yes. It starts Monday.
My #Healthy65 Challenge: attitude of gratitude.
Here are some of my starting thoughts:
I'm pretty good physically. I've continued to adhere to last year's #Healthy65 Challenge to reduce my gum consumption significantly (which saved me a very conservative minimum of $365 for the year).
I couldn't think of a physical challenge worth taking on this year.
But I think this challenge regarding my attitude will have positive results extending well beyond my bodily health.
Quit complaining. In all things, be thankful.
I've been convicted by so many people sharing daily thanks in November. I had hoped to. I have not.
And I realize that often when I do give thanks and express gratitude, it comes after working through a complaint or problem.
For 65 days, or at least a day or two a week for 65 days, I want to abstain from complaining.
Instead of complain, I will strive to say (or at least think): what can I do? how can I help?
(I may have a lot to get out of my system before that starts!!)