I've been feeling a little stale and lazy with my healthy lifestyle lately, so I've decided to set myself a challenge. I was inspired by the dedicated and prolific blogger Cassie at backtoherroots.com (she's MIGHTYFINEWINE on here!) and her "Summer of Strength".
As I was trying to think of some sort of theme or common thread for the challenge, I kept remembering all the animals I saw on my parents' recent trip. The animals native to the Mojave desert (where I live) have to deal with some pretty intense conditions, and they've developed some unique and impressive adaptations in response to the environment. Since moving here a couple of years ago, I've felt like my town is a hostile environment, what with the heat, dryness, lack of plants, small town living, no friends, no shopping, miles from large cities, Californian culture, and no family. Worst of all, living here has delayed our life plans, especially having children, due to higher cost of living and me not having a job (my degree from Texas is no good here for the kind of teaching I want to do).
Don't get me wrong -- I am grateful for what I have, especially my healthy body, my amazing husband, and his steady job. But that doesn't stop me from missing everything in Texas. I've certainly done my fair share of whining about these things. And guess what. I still live here, and still have to deal with the same things I've hated all along. If the desert animals did nothing but complain about having to live in a wasteland instead of someplace nice, they might be justified, but they would shrivel up and die in the heat. I'm still not happy about where I am in life in a lot of ways, but I need to adapt. I can make things better for myself.
*Lose the last 10 pounds
*Get rid of the last of my binging
*Change my exercise routine for summer
*Put more effort into my food
*Do my continuing education hours to keep my teaching certification current
*Write down 60 awesome things about where I live and the stage of life I'm in right now
My challenge will last just two months, until August 15th, which will mark one year since I started my healthy lifestyle. :)