Rachel Hollis launched her Last 90 Days Challenge on Monday 1st October.
“What if you committed to living your last 90 days of this year as hard as you are committing to living the first 30 days of the new year? What if instead of a downhill slide into 2019, you are ramping up!”
It takes 21 days to create a habit and 90 days to change your life.
What habits do you want to make or break to change your life?
I attempted to do it last year, but for a whole lot of reasons was unable to commit to it fully rather than tailoring it to work for me, so I quit on it and got to December wishing I had finished the year better, for a while I beat myself up about it, but then I remembered that I had been through an extremely difficult year and I had begun to make some positive changes regarding my health and weight loss which meant it wasn’t quite as hard when it came to January 2018 to keep it going. Between the start of December 2017 and the end of January 2018 I lost just under 1 stone which gave me the incentive to keep going, so that was something at least. I have kept this promise to myself throughout 2018, that I will lose weight and get healthier. So far, I have lost almost 4 stone and have just 2.5 more to go and that’s me at my goal weight. Hopefully I’ll have lost that by the end of 2018.
This year, I’m in a much healthier and happier place than last year and started the last 90 days challenge on 1st October.
I know that I have to tailor the last 90 days program to me this time round because since coming back from Sri Lanka in the summer, the doctor thinks I’ve got gallstones, so I’ve been in a whole lot of pain which comes and goes and is pretty unpredictable, as are my energy levels, but that is not an excuse to coast to the end of the year and not finish strong.
If you don’t know what the Last 90 Days is all about, it’s about finishing the year well…
Firstly, it’s all about cultivating the daily habits of the 5 to Thrive…
- Get up an hour earlier – there’s no way this is possible for me at the moment (I get up at 6:30am as it is) I’m not sleeping well when I’m in pain, but the point of getting up an hour earlier is to make time for yourself, so I’ll be factoring in that time elsewhere in the day. Usually in the evening when I get home from work.
- Workout for at least 30 minutes. I try to get in my 30 minutes of exercise, even if that means just walking to a bus stop further away, or going a walk at lunchtime, but Monday, the first day of the challenge didn’t start well, I had a day of annual leave and was home in pain so couldn’t do very much other than rest. Thankfully, being back at work forces me to move more.
- Drink half your body weight in ounces of water each day (still not sure what this equates to in litres), but I know I need to get better at it. I drink more water when at work than at home, so need to try and drink more at home, I might need to buy a reusable bottle to refill.
- Give up one food/drink that you know you shouldn’t be having – I had stopped them for a while, but slowly they crept their way back in, so I’ve chosen to give up fizzy drinks again (I only drink diet ones), but they’re equally as bad with the aspartame and other additives so hopefully if I can give them up for good this time… although tonic will still be required for a gin every so often.
- Write down ten things you’re grateful for every single day – this helps shift perspective and enables you to realise that there is good in your life… even if it’s that’s something small like – there was a great song on the radio, or you saw an amazing sunset today.
Listening to Rachel’s live stream on Tuesday, she reminded us that if we couldn’t find something to be grateful for, go out and compliment or bless other people and give them something to be grateful for.
Gratitude is fundamental to being able to shift your perspective. It pulls your focus from the negative and can bring clarity to the good things in your life and allow you to focus on the positive that enables you to set goals for the days ahead and beyond.
I’ve been writing my ten things in thankful for in my Onelife journal which I was given at the Onelife young leaders conference last weekend. It’s great to put pen to poet rather than just make notes in my phone like I usually do.
This journal has notes from the conference, reflections on leadership as well as quotes/inspiration and daily gratitude for the last 90 days.
With a hospital appointment on Wednesday and not being able to eat before it for 6 hours, I was only allowed to drink water or black tea/coffee, so I definitely was more aware of drinking more water and peppermint tea than I had been earlier in the week.
I’m finding the exercise s challenge as I’m in pain (stupid gallstones), but still walking at least 30 minutes per day so it’s better than nothing at the moment I guess.
I just have to do what I can and work this challenge around me and my lifestyle. I’m determined not to break this promise to myself and see it through.
I’m excited to see what the Last 90 Days of the year will bring.
Feel free to follow my journey on Instagram to see how I’m getting on with it.
Have you joined the challenge? How are you finding it? Comment below and let me know. I’d love to hear how you’re getting on.
Hope you have a great weekend.