Starting my own 30-day challenge

It seems that 30-day challenges are what all the cool kids are doing these days. The problem? No 30-day challenge works for everyone.

So why 30 days? It’s said that it takes 28-30 days to break a habit. That being said, it takes about 30 days to get in to the swing of a new habit as well.

Current bedside read: "Gone Girl"

Current bedside read: “Gone Girl”

Here’s a few things I’d like to accomplish in 30 days:

1. Go to the gym five days a week. While I spent most of my summer outdoors, I got out of the habit of visiting the gym regularly. Strength training definitely hit the backburner of my priority list, and overall, my body is showing the lack of commitment. Starting today, the gym will become a regular part of the routine again.

2. Stop eating out. This is one of my worst habits. I’m a terrible cook. Even on the days that I manage not to burn everything I try to make, what I make tastes terrible. But, practice makes perfect, right? Over the next 30 days I’ll be cooking actual meals and eating them, not going out for quick meals at the sandwich shop down the street or eating frozen pizza.

3. Read every night before bed. This is something I used to do and would like to get back in the habit of. I used to go to bed 30 to 45 minutes ahead of time and read a book or magazine and cut off cell phone use. It really helped me relax and get a better night’s sleep.

These are small changes that I’ll be making to my daily routine, but I have a feeling they’ll make a difference.

Now it’s your turn. What will you challenge yourself to accomplish?

 

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