January 2016: A new #hmvlifechallenge and my goals for the new year!

New year, new me! Right?

Not exactly. That phrase is rather obnoxious. But I do have a few goals for the year. And a fun way to kick it off!

I started another 30 day challenge to kick off the year on a healthy note! This one's called the 3x30 Challenge. You can now find all my #hmvlifechallenge posts in the "Topics" link at the top of my new and improved menu bar. Ooooooh look at me being all website-making. I'm such a web wiz! (said no one ever) (it literally took me all night to figure out)

The January 2016 challenge is the second challenge I've organized, but it's so much better, because my friends are co-organizing it with me! It's fantastic. We've taken turns kind of 'leading' the group and posting every day and encouraging people. It's not like there is a script for these kinds of things, but keeping people engaged and involved is so crucial. Most people start out posting daily. Then it drops a little. People get busy or forget. Some aren't big on social medial to begin with. Some are actually following along daily but not posting much on their own.

I'm pretty keen on social media. I like posting, I like reading people's thoughts, I like commenting or "liking" or re-tweeting or whathaveyou. I'm very social in general, so having a little online discussion with friends throughout my day is energizing to me. Not always, though. I did take a little Facebook break back in December when my news feed was a never-ending stream of bad news and bummer comments. I figured out how to tweak some settings, and now I'm back!

The 30 Day Challenge captures that energy of social media and uses it to do good. On Day 1 we all post our goals. It can be any goal, but they're related to health and fitness and you can only have 3 this time! (Hence the 3x30 Challenge, get it? 3 goals, 30 days). Here are mine:

  1. Track all my food and drinks for 7 straight days.
  2. Do daily push-ups and sit-ups.
  3. Mindful eating, specifically, put down my fork between bites and really taste the food.

I'll post more about these soon, with updates. Here are a few of the great goals that other challengers have set:

  • 10000 steps per day
  • 5000 steps per day, increasing 500 per week
  • Workout 2x/week
  • 1 run or hike each week
  • Meditate for 10 mins/day
  • Drink 100 oz water/day
  • Drink 65 oz water/day
  • Lose 3 lbs
  • Lose 10 lbs
  • No fast food for 30 days
  • No dessert for 30 days
  • Dessert only 3x/week
  • Salads for lunch
  • Eat the Whole30
  • Salsa dance 1x/week
  • Barre3 classes online 3x/week
  • In bed by 10:15pm
  • Stick to a diet buddy diet (two friends)
  • Enjoy time at home with my kids

First of all, can we applaud how specific and attainable these goals are? This group is so smart and creative. We all could say that our goals are to "eat healthy and lose weight and get fit." But the way we'll get there is different. And the way we do it should reflect the things we like to do, and the way we want to live. But first, how do we specifically get from where we are to where we want to be?

For example, several people are trying to change habits and do things like "drink more water." Well, that's great, but where do you start? It turns out that you can start by calculating how much water you drink in a given day, buying a bigger water bottle, then counting how many times you need to fill it daily to up your intake. How do I know that? Because that's what several people posted about one day, and they did it! It's happening!!

I continue to be inspired by the power of the group. This is why the good Lord created social media (probably). To help us help each other to reach our goals.

Good luck out there!