Sunday, September 20, 2009

100 Day Challenge

In a few days, there will be only 100 days left. No, not 'til Christmas.

September 23rd kicks off the final 100 days of the year.

It's hard to believe but we're over 2/3 of the way to closing the book on 2009. It's a good time to take stock of where you are.

* What have you achieved so far this year?

* Are you making, losing or holding ground toward your life goals?

* If weight loss was a New Year's resolution, how much progress have you made?

* Are you happy?

* How many times have you made it to the gym / exercised this year?

* Are you fulfilled?

* Has your nutrition improved?

* What would you like to achieve by December 31st and are you willing to commit to making it happen?

* What habits would you need to form in order to reach your goals?

Instead of waiting until January 1st and making resolutions, how about committing yourself to accomplishing a specific goal in the final 100 days of this year?

Summer is over, the kids are back in school; it's a great time to dedicate yourself to improving yourself.

What do you want to accomplish in the next 14 weeks? Here are some ideas...

* Want to slim down? Forget the scale. Instead, decide on a certain number of total inches you want to "delete".

* Need to lower your stress? How about 100 days of 10-15 minutes of meditation?

* Are you a gym goer who doesn't get there as often as you'd like? Commit to 42 workouts by the end of the year. That's an average of 3 a week. Definitely doable but with the holidays approaching still a challenge.

* Having trouble getting started with a consistent exercise routine? Why not set a goal of 10 minutes of exercise every day? A 10 minute walk or bike ride, 10 minutes of bodyweight exercises, 10 minutes of tag or soccer with the kids. Just 10 minutes of physical activity. Everyone can find 10 minutes in their day. Even if you hate exercise, anyone can get through 10 minutes. Now, can you commit to 100 straight days?

* Are you a pack rat who wants to clean up but is overwhelmed by the thought? Dedicate 15 minutes a day to decluttering.

* Interested in improving your nutrition? Why not commit to eating 500 servings of fruits and vegetables in the next 100 days? That's an average of 5 a day. Brush up on what constitutes a serving size and you'll realize it's not that hard. If you currently never eat fruits and veggies (no, french fries don't count), set your goal lower but make it challenging.

You've got a few days to think about it. What would you really like to accomplish by year's end? Decide on your 100 day commitment and post it in the comments to help hold yourself accountable. Good luck!

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