YES! I reached the first milestone in my challenge, the first 9 days of the 99 day challenge.
So, today has been kind of a busy one and I ended up having a bit of a headache when I got back from grocery shopping. Maybe because work was a little busy & dealing with traffic to and from the store? Either way, I was able to rest some and Nui grabbed dinner on his way home (you the real MVP!).
Having successfully completed the first set of “9 days” in this challenge has been monumental for me, because I feel as if I have calibrated myself back to a healthier trajectory. Starting with a 10 day fast, transitioning into a free week pass at a local gym, and jump starting this challenge has kept me on my toes in such a great way.
These past few months have really been about making difficult choices in choosing my health over comfort & really starting from scratch. I left my stable full-time job with awesome co-workers (for the most part) and pretty decent pay – to working part time, decreasing my pay by over 50%, to open up my time. This was to spend more time with my daughter and focus on getting my business plans completed. I am over working for someone else when I know I have it in me to build a great business & do what I enjoy & why I am paying back thousands of student loan debt. With my business plan progress (11.1.17), chopping off my hair (9.18.17), getting started with this blog (1.11.18), back to reading more frequently (1.1.18) and getting on my health & fitness (1.5.18) – I am very happy at the progress I have made and am making. The only one that has a “concrete” goal is my business plan, which I anticipate being completed before the end of the summer this year. The other three are just starting points for things that I hope to maintain and build upon as the days and weeks progress. I want to be able to say, “this was the moment in my life I made a decision & moved forward on that w/o looking back and moving backwards.”
With that said, before I began this challenge, I told myself that every 9 days – I would do a mini-challenge & then increase my daily commitments, but only by a small amount. Again, my goal of this 99-day challenge is to simply develop and maintain positive daily habits & getting active. Once this challenge is completed, only then will I jump into the heavy artillery of free weights, body training, iso & plyometric exercises.
I put on my social media pages the following image. In short, it calls on them to decide the mini-challenge for me. In hindsight, it kind of looks like I was asking for them to do the exercises opposed to them choosing them for me. So with 600 friends on Facebook & 100 on IG (I am very selective of who has access to my personal life), I only got 2 likes and a request that they be push-ups. So I am only doing an extra 2 push-ups tomorrow (yes!).
So, I am currently daily doing:
- 10 push-ups
- 10 squats
- 5 plank rotations
- 5 seconds holding yoga pose (Tittibhasana)
- 5 minutes of deep breathing
And I am going to raise the bar to daily:
- 15 push-ups
- 15 squats
- 10 plank rotations
- 10 seconds holding yoga pose (Tittibhasana)
- 5 minutes of deep breathing
Here we go!
Day#9 was a success! 1.23.18 = Complete
Most Difficult: It was actually the planks today. For some reason, pushing myself back up and holding was making me a little winded. Currently Feeling: Much better, I think I slacked on my water intake yesterday, so my body is recovering from being dehydrated some. Hope to hit the pillow before 11:15 p.m.
45 plank rotations
45 seconds holding yoga pose (Tittibhasana)
45 minutes of deep breathing
>>Respectfully submitted & Always thankful<< ~Mai