I woke up this morning feeling as crappy as many recent mornings. Tired, cranky, definitely looking both, and choosing yoga pants over jeans because the latter feel too tight.
Then I realized there are 21 days left in the month and it made me think of what I’ve read over and over – it takes 21 days of practice to develop habits that will actually stick.
I really want to feel healthy and energetic this summer and am curious if making some changes will really help me feel better over 21 days. I’ve always been intrigued by the idea of doing a “challenge” but usually get sidetracked and forget about it after a couple days.
So even though I feel a little silly blogging about it, I’m using it as a tool to actually follow through.
Rules of the Challenge:
-Limit alcohol consumption. Mainly, no drinks at home. We have been a couple who has frequent before bed drinks ever since we met. Now at least a couple times a week we’ll have a drink and watch something on tv and then it’s like whoooot, this is fun, let’s have another drink and watch another show! And I feel like maybe it’s had the cumulative effect of staying up a little too late too many nights and contributed to my lack of energy. Also, I’ve always read that drinking before bed interferes with your sleep, so even though I seem to sleep just fine, maybe it’s not the best quality sleep? We will see… in 21 days…
-No sugar. I’ve noticed that I have a pattern of afternoon energy slumps during Jane’s nap, which I often try to remedy with sugar so I’ll have enough energy to get to the gym when she wakes up. Sugar makes me feel really weird. I’ve noticed this ever since I started eating less processed foods that don’t contain hidden sugar. So when I eat something that is just totally sugar, it’s like BAM, feel good for a little bit, and then just icky.
-No gluten? It might seem extreme to be vegan and gluten free, but many people say they have much more energy when they give it up. And really the only regular gluten I eat is toast when I’m late night snacking…which brings me to the final point…
-Stop eating late at night. My entire adult life I’ve been a breakfast skipper/night snacker. What can I say, I am never hungry in the morning and I like to eat before bed. But everything I’ve ever read says that eating at night is bad for you because your body can’t rest properly because it’s busy digesting all the food you just ate. So who knows, maybe now at the old age of 30 all these bad habits are catching up with me.
And I’m ready to take 21 days to see if it’s true. It seems like such a short amount of time in the grand scheme of things, but I think long when you’re in the middle of trying not to do what you usually do.
I won’t ask anyone to join me on this, because it’s sort of short notice – but have you ever tried any sort of habit changing challenge? What was it? With what result?