I’ve Been a Slacker Lately….. so I’m Challenging Myself!
I know it’s been a little quiet on the blog lately. There’s a reason for that (albeit not a very good one). I’ve sort of lost my focus, my self-discipline (what little I had!) lately. Actually, I’ve been a little lazy. That was hard to admit, but I said it! Part of it is because I haven’t felt well for the past week, but it’s been going on for longer than that, so I can’t really use that as an excuse!
Mostly I’ve gotten sucked into various time-wasters. Facebook, Pinterest, games on my phone, you name it. The problem with these things is they are SO addictive and it can be hard to step away sometimes! And when my self-control is lacking to start with, it makes it doubly challenging!
I find when I’m not spending my time wisely on productive activities, not only does my house fall apart (not surprising), but I have no energy, I’m more impatient with my kids and husband (and my hubby says a hearty “amen!”), my sleep goes out of whack, and I start feeling depressed because everything seems to be falling apart.
I thrive under order and peace. And when things are out of order, it grates at me and I become irritable – even though it’s my own fault.
Lately, while I’ve been staring at my phone wasting time all day, I’ve been thinking to myself things like – I wish I had more energy. I wish I could keep my house clean. I wish I could lose weight. I wish, I wish, I wish….
The thing is, the only person holding me back from making my wishes a reality is me.
Craig isn’t sabotaging me. My kids, sure, make things difficult at times, but they still sleep way more than I do! I can’t use them as an excuse. The full on truth is that I am the only person who is preventing me from living a fulfilling, productive, and happy life.
So after wishing for far too long, I’m finally taking control of my life! How am I doing that? With a challenge!
13 Weeks to a Better Me Challenge
Starting this Sunday, July 9th, I will be starting a journey I am calling the 13 Weeks to a Better Me challenge. I am going to tackle a variety of areas that need overhauled, and over the next 3 months I’m focusing on breaking bad habits and building new ones!
I am going to push myself and get closer to becoming the wife and mom I want to be, one day at a time – while also learning to take care of myself. Self-care is essential for preventing burnout and keeping sane in the chaos of motherhood!
This won’t be easy, but hey, that’s the whole point of a challenge! I am taking a full 3 months to work through this. 3 months seems like a long time, and it kinda is, but that is intentional. The point is to build sustainable habits, routines, and systems for long-term success, not work crazy hard for a week or two only to burn out and revert to my old ways.
I will be starting the challenge off by writing a long list of things I want to put into action. Just to give you an idea, some items on my list are –
- Create morning and evening routines
- Drink at least 8 glasses of water each day
- Meal prep every week
- Make meal plans every week or month (haven’t decided yet!)
- Grocery shop from my meal plans to save on our grocery budget
- Exercise 3x/week or more
- Play with my kids more, including walking to the park at least 1x/week
- In general, be more productive and choose to use my time wisely. (Example – if I’m watching TV, work on a knitting project at the same time.)
- Implement a daily devotional time with the kids
I have other things on my list, and I keep thinking of even more, so by Sunday I’m sure I’ll quite the task ahead of me! But I’m excited. This challenge has me fired up again, giving just the spark I needed to reignite my passion for homemaking.
Although this is a personal challenge (it literally just popped into my head today and so I decided to run with it), I would love to have anyone join along! I’ll be providing some printables to use throughout the challenge. Some will be specific to areas on my list (I know I’ll be making a meal planning sheet with grocery list, for example) so they may not be a fit for everyone. But I think some people may benefit from them, so I’ll add them when I write about that particular week. I’ll also have a couple sheets at the beginning of the challenge, one for writing the list of things to tackle, and one for scheduling that list out over the 13-week period. Again, I’m making these for myself to use for this impromptu challenge, but if anyone wants to join along, they will be made available to you. 🙂
And if no one else wants to put themselves through a 13-week challenge like this and I’m the only one, that’s totally great too. I’m using this blog for some accountability and to journal my progress!
I’m starting the challenge on Sunday (just so it’s a fresh week) and can’t wait! I’ll be spending the weekend working on adding to my list and catching up on some housework. Now it’s getting late so I must be off to bed!