Small Changes Challenge - final days
Sunday, February 01, 2015
So - the challenge is done and actually I've really enjoyed the learning curve - and the reminders.
Day 26 – Exercise – Be A Multi-Tasking Master. Sneak in some fitness during everyday tasks: turn up the intensity on house cleaning. It’s always possible to stay active and burn calories. Some excellent recommendations in the accompanying article that I have taken to heart – it’s my favourite way to keep moving – household chores – and DIY in my case - seem so much more worthwhile than workouts as far as I’m concerned.
Day 27 – Create a Complain free Zone
The challenge was to make it through the whole day without complaining and to notice how it affects me (and those around me!). The accompanying article was a really good reminder to me to be more upbeat... I am going to work at changing my thinking patterns over time. Even a pessimist, and I’m not yet that) can reframe how they define events and that’s my new goal.
Day 28 – Where Sugar is Hiding in your Diet.
Today's challenge is to read labels and pick one source of sneaky sugar in your diet to avoid for the day. I’m not a great reader of labels although I rarely buy anything in a tin and never biscuits or cake, however I totally know that it’s a good idea and should be done. The accompanying article was quite an eye opener and there is information in it that I should heed.
Day 29 – Break Out of Your Workout Rut! Challenge today is to try something totally different! Explore a new route, try a new DVD, or take that class you've been meaning to check out.Have been thinking of Tai Chi and there is a group locally. Always possible that I might just find a real favorite! Much needed in my case. Here is handy information on what actually constitutes cardio – am I expending enough energy to really make myself pant? I’m horribly aware that I’m probably NOT! Lots for me to learn here.
Day 30 – SPARK says: ‘By now you've seen what an impact small changes can make. Your final task is to pick your favorite (or most challenging) action from the past month and then strive to do it every day until it becomes a lasting habit. Set a goal, then see how many days you can "streak" with this healthy habit going forward.’
This was my intention anyway and I say: ‘A perfect ending to a challenge that has taught me things I didn’t know and also re-enforced what I’ve learned on Spark over the past few years’ I will be picking various actions from the Challenge where I have seen improvement is needed.