Happy Monday everyone! It feels like forever since I’ve taken a moment to sit down and check in with you guys. I spent the long weekend at home in South Florida and then was dealing with the trauma and anxiety of having to go to the dentist after “accidentally forgetting” to go for about 2 years (whoops). I’m sorry, but does anyone actually enjoy going to the dentist?? It’s so much easier just to put it off. Thankfully I was able to find an amazing dentist in town (If you are in Tallahassee, I HIGHLY recommend Dr. Evans and his staff!) and the whole cavity filling process was a lot easier than I remember; however, my mouth was super sore for a couple of days. This is your friendly reminder to book a dentist appointment people! Pair that experience with a career crisis and I just didn’t really feel in the mood to chat last week. BUT now that I can check the dentist off my list, and have done some soul searching and planning, I am happy to announce my new 30 day challenge! My birthday is roughly a month away (June 28) so I thought this would be the perfect time to make some goals for the next 30 days and see if I can stick to them (and see some results). Below are the guidelines I have set for myself, and I’ll be checking in every Monday with my mini-goals for each week along with how I did the week before.
Purpose: to look and feel my best leading up to my quarter life crisis a.k.a. my 25th birthday.
Timeline: May 28th to June 28th
- Guideline 1: No alcohol – Today is actually my 8th day without a sip of alcohol. I would not consider myself a heavy drinker by any means, but I mostly just wanted to see how difficult it would be to not drink for an entire month. And to be honest, so far it hasn’t been easy. I LOVE the social aspect of alcohol. It’s fun to grab a drink (or two) at happy hour after a long week and catch up with friends or have a couple of beers while making dinner. I will say that when I’ve thought about wanting to get a cocktail post work, I just keep reminding myself of the calories involved (counting my calories was very eye opening) as well as the cost (see guideline 3) and those thoughts quickly disappear.
- Guideline 2: Minimal carbs, Maximum protein (and lots of veggies) – I am not afraid to admit I have a love affair with carbs. I can’t stop myself once I get started and while I love my french fries, breads and pastas, I usually am left feeling bloated, having stomach issues and breaking out. Sticking to a low carb diet is honestly when I feel my best, both physically and mentally.
- Guideline 3: No frivolous spending – That’s right people, besides the necessities, I’m going on a no buy cleanse. I’m trying to get my finances together (more on that later) so I figured while I’m busy making all of these physical related guidelines, I should focus on some mental ones as well. Buying things makes me happy, but that’s not healthy and by cutting off my spending I can focus on better ways to attain happiness.
- Guideline 4: Hit the gym 5 days a week (and make it count!) – I have been going to the gym about 3-5 times a week since the beginning of 2018; however, just because I’ve been going often doesn’t mean I’ve been making the best effort while there. This month will be all about maximizing my time spent at the gym and creating a weekly plan so I know I am exercising the most efficient way.
There you have it! 4 simple (but tough) guidelines that I have set in order to challenge myself in the final month of my 24th year. I’ll be checking in throughout the week on Instagram, so if you don’t already follow me there now is the time to do it!