I love the ideas I get in the shower. It's like I'm standing there, zoning out... waiting for the conditioner to do whatever it needs to do to make my hair "rat free" and then WHAM. This idea will come to me out of NOWHERE and I can't wait to get out of the shower (rinse the conditioner first, of course) and get to a pen and paper. After writing my last "I got fat again" blog, I had a revelation.
Summer is HERE. Lauren's last day of school was June 3rd and I started dreading the "randomness" of summer. I love having my children home with me (regardless of how much I complain... I do love the buggers) but summers can be SCARY for those of us who feel they need routine to succeed. Over the last week, I've been thinking "what can I do differently to make this summer stand out? To make this summer... successful?" I look at my body & I've gained weight... There are projects around the house I walk by each day that aren't done... The kids want fun, creative things to do but I'm 'too busy' to be the mother I need to be... The crappy-ness of my life is starting to bring me down & depression is setting in...
Isn't there more to life then this..............?
And then I took THE SHOWER....
And here's what we're going to do:
(oh... this is exciting, people...)
THE 100 DAYS of SUMMER CHALLENGE:
I am going to exercise 5 days per week for the next 100 days, one hour+ per day. In addition to my 5 days of exercise, I'm going to challenge myself SEVEN DAYS A WEEK to find SOMETHING to do that is "outside of the box" for me that will enrich my life and the lives of those around me. Some days this may be taking the kids on a huge nature hike or to the lava caves... other days, this may mean I'm cleaning out a closet I've ignored for 3 years... So remember, MY idea of "outside of the box" may differ from yours but I will be honest with myself and you about what I choose to do.
I will blog EVERY DAY OF THE WEEK about my exercise and about my daily "personal challenges." That's me, blogging, SEVEN DAYS A WEEK.
Here's the exciting part...........
On the days I do not exercise, I will have a FREE give-away on this blog. (how fun is THAT??) So... 2 days a week, there will be prizes. All you have to do is leave comments on the "give away" posts and I will have a drawing where I use the names of those who posted on that day's thread.
AND EVEN MORE EXCITING NEWS.... (oh MY this is big...)
ON DAY 100 - - - - I will take the names of EVERY PERSON who posted on my blog over the previous 100 days and enter your name into a drawing where you will win... a BODY BUGG PLUS A YEAR'S SUBSCRIPTION FOR THE SERVICE. How cool is that???
Why am I doing this? The last time I lost weight, I only made changes to my exterior. This challenge is going to force me to go into "training" from the inside, out. There's a quote I heard the other day that REALLY touched me: "why would you choose to fail when success is an option?" (Jillian Michaels from the Biggest Loser) I am not incapable of losing weight. It's not impossible for me to be a better mother or a better home maker. I'm already pretty darn good but I want to strive to be the best I can be. That's why.
Starting Monday, June 7th, 2010 through September 14th, 2010 I'm going to make some changes. I hope you'll join me for the ride - - - what can YOU do?