September Healthy Habits Challenge – Week 3

I want a do over. For the whole month… a do over please!  Needless to say, this week has been a catastrophe for the healthy habit challenge.  I haven’t even kept records to let you know just how much of a disaster it was.  But as promised I’m keeping it real, so here’s the report out.

My week 1 and 2 challenge was 3 30-second planks first thing in the morning every day and as reported (see September Healthy Habits Challenge – Week 1 and Week 2 posts), it was a Fail the first week and a Pass the second week.  This week was another pass on that one – 6 out of 7 days.  That’s the last of the good news.

Last week I ambitiously added two tasks – 50 oz of water per day and 1 Relief Factor packet per day.  Here is my progress for the week:

  • Day 1 (Sunday)– it’s a blur, no idea if I did it or not, but I’m going to go with: probably not
  • Day 2 (Monday) – Pretty sure I got it done on Monday
  • Day 3 (Tuesday) – no idea
  • Day 4 (Wednesday) – Yom Kipper and I didn’t fast, but I definitely didn’t drink 50 oz of water or take my Relief Factor either
  • Day 5 (Thursday) – Nope
  • Day 6 (Friday) – Took my Relief Factor (just now), didn’t drink my water.
  • Day 7 (Saturday) – not done yet because this post is going live at 5:00 am which means I’m still asleep (I hope), but the day is young so we’ll see…

Those results are pathetic.  So what happened?  Yes, between my day job (which was stressful this week), high holidays, personal life (which was also particularly stressful this week), and, oh ya, Closet Reboot, I just didn’t have anything left.  It happens.  I can beat myself up, wallow in my humiliation, and forget about it or… I can try try again next week.  I’m going to opt for try try again this last week of September.  No new habits to pile on the list, let’s just get these done.

I’ve learned two things in my day job:

  1. Don’t set expectations for all or nothing success on day one.  If you do, when things don’t go right from the get go (which they often don’t), it’s not an excuse for everyone to throw up their hands and say “well, we tried, but it didn’t work,” and quickly revert back to their old behaviors.
  2. Have a plan B. I learned this from dear old Dad.  If things don’t go the way you planned, have a back up plan that can be implemented immediately so it looks like it was really part of plan A.

My plan A was admittedly week.  You would think I would have learned my lesson from Week 1, but other than shopping for bottled water last week, I didn’t do anything to reinforce my new required behaviors.  So, plan B is that I add yet another reminder for myself on my phone calendar – drink water, eat breakfast or lunch and take my Relief Factor.

Fun FactFun Fact: I don’t leave these daily reminders on my phone indefinitely.  Once the behaviors become habit, I do get rid of the reminders so they don’t crowd out the other stuff I still need to remind myself about.

Please continue to hold me accountable and wish me luck!  Meanwhile, have a great week and do make sure to check out the Sunday Night Weekly Wardrobe Planning video tomorrow on the Closet Reboot YouTube channel!

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