On April 27th, I decided to take on the 100 day challenge. 100 days of moving purposefully. That 100 days is up today and I decided to reflect back.
In the last 100 days I have purposefully moved 353 miles. These miles included running, walking, elliptical, arc trainer and bike. Only a few days into this challenge, I decided to take on a second challenge of 100 miles monthly. In May, June and July I have met and exceeded this goal.
May was such a change in my physical attitude, that I decided to start my own group on Facebook. 100 Miles Monthly, a place of support and encouragement for women who want to get moving. This group has been a pillar in my accomplishing these goals.
I started felling so good about what I was doing and how I was feeling, I wanted to share it with everyone. A few days into the 100 day challenge, I started blogging. It has been so rewarding for me, I even have followers. People who genuinely enjoy reading what I write. Sometimes my blog has been about this challenge, but mostly just about my life. I wouldn’t have started this regular hobby, if it hadn’t been for the 100 day challenge.
This challenge has really changed my whole mind set. Making time for myself, caring for myself and realizing that I like who I am a lot more when I start with me. I am taking better care of my whole family by working from the inside out. Sometimes it is easy to forget how important that is. You spend your life making sure that the people you love are taken care of and end up running yourself ragged.
27 days ago I quit smoking (again). I felt so good and was taking such good care of myself, I knew this was a habit I needed to say goodbye to. It’s been easier because of this challenge and the encouragement of the 100 miles monthly group. There have been a couple times that I wanted one, but it has been easy to say no. Even Paul has cut back significantly.
In the last 100 days, I have lost over 10 inches and a couple of pounds. I have ran 2 5k races. We have got out as a family for multiple walks and outdoor activities. I have completed two arm challenges and have also started doing ab machines at the gym. Making it possible to swing across monkey bars for the first time in 20+ years. In less than two weeks I will be 35 years old and I am in the best shape of my life.
If you are reading this, thank you for being a part of my 100 day challenge. Time to start again!