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100 Days For Me


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Originally, this new challenge started as a fitness-only challenge. My friend Stephanie (INEEDACAT9) began a 100-Days-of-Exercise challenge, posting a picture of her fitness daily on Instagram. I loved the idea so much that I decided to copy her, and invite other friends to join a secret facebook group dedicated to the 100-day challenge. My hundred days of exercise start today, to end on Nov 27th - both Thanksgiving, and my 5-year weight loss anniversary.

But this challenge has come to be about more than just fitness. This is about reclaiming myself. The last 13 months have been VERY hard for me, especially the last 4-5 months, because of the things I mentioned in the Truth blog. (Blog is deleted now, because it discussed very sensitive things.) My self-esteem reached an all-time low, until I felt worthless, ugly, repulsive, defeated. Things haven't gotten any better in my situation, but I can't keep living in this place of fear, depression, and self-loathing. I need to reclaim myself. I need to learn to love myself despite the weapons being used against me.

So my challenge, which starts today, will incorporate more than just an exercise streak. Every day for the next hundred days, I will:

- exercise at least 10 mins per day
- eat no processed sugar, and avoid other sugars as much as possible (Note: I'm giving myself ten instances - not days, but instances - off this rule, to accommodate birthdays and holidays and such. I don't have to use all ten.)
- count my calories no matter what I eat that day
- do one positive-image affirmation thing for myself
- do one thing off a list of 100-for-myself tasks that I've created

As a reward system, I will give myself $1 for every daily goal I meet, for a total of up to $5/day, up to $500 for the whole challenge. Yes, that's a steep reward for something so simple, and for people who have just used up their savings to move across the country, but I want to believe that I'm worth it, and that this challenge - which will be a MAJOR challenge for me - is worth it. The reward will come on the last day. I will use the money on something that makes me happy - independently happy. My hope is that by the time the last day of the challenge passes, I will be a happier and healthier person, no matter what my external situation looks like on that day.
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WORDLILY 8/22/2014 12:26PM

    I thought you started last week. I started a 10-minutes-a-day program today, might need to join you in the rest of that, too ...

We can do it!

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MINERVASPARKING 8/21/2014 4:47PM

    WOW! I LOVE this idea!!! emoticon

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CRABADA 8/20/2014 5:22PM

    As always, I can't wait for your reports on your progress. Wish some of your experimentation and orderliness would rub off on me -- I'm trying to incorporate more structure, and you're always the inspiration for that.
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:) Courtney

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ARUNNINGKAT 8/20/2014 12:29PM

    LOVE this challenge! You are SO worth it and I think the results will be amazing. You definitely deserve the reward at the end! And you inspire me to come up with a challenge for myself. emoticon

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BRONXBABE 8/20/2014 10:58AM

    WOW, I am cheering for you from the sidelines!
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OMMAMA7 8/20/2014 10:38AM

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C8TSON 8/20/2014 10:19AM

    I think this sounds like a wonderful plan! I think you need it too. Treat yourself well every day no matter what. emoticon

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UNSTOPPABLEJEN 8/20/2014 10:15AM

    I am always inspired by how you find a way to turn adversity into opportunity. I'm cheering for you!
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GHK1962 8/20/2014 10:05AM

    emoticon

If you post tomorrow or other days about this ... then I am afraid Spark emoticons do not have days other than Day 1 ... they really should make them so that you can put the numbers in. Or put in an encouraging word. Or a picture in the emoticon picture of a turtle or something.

:)

I am rambly here ... I really wanted to say, "go get 'em" ... but I figured if I wrote something absurd it might make you smile. (Or unfriend me...ack!)

Anyway .... go you! (Though I still think a emoticon allowing insertions of emoticons of a flag or something would be cool too.)

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RYDERB 8/20/2014 9:14AM

    I'm so sorry things haven't gotten better emoticon But ....
I'm so proud of you for taking this big step to reclaim your happiness. It sounds like a fabulous challenge.
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JAROL7 8/20/2014 9:00AM

    Work your plan.

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 8/20/2014 8:34AM

    You can do it! You deserve to be happy! emoticon

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