Thursday, December 12, 2019

My 100 Day Pregnancy Challenge: Update #1

Friends! Challenges are hard, which I knew going into this but I decided to do it anyway. I want to report that I've done it all perfectly but I'd be lying. It has been very rocky and imperfect...I kind of feel like I'm hiking in the rain. I'm making progress but it's slow and uneven. I'm about 25 days in (while writing this) and very unsure at times.

Failing to plan is planning to fail
If my life was set up in a way to accomplish all of these goals already then I wouldn't need to improve them, ya know? We've all heard that failing to plan is planning to fail but it has really hit home over these past 20 something days. What happens when I don't have time to go to the grocery store to make sure we have vegetables for me to eat or the kids are up multiple times during the night and I press snooze for an hour instead of getting up to be grateful and pray? I simply don't meet my goals. This has brought me to my why. Why am I attempting to improve my life in these ways? This is where I should have started so when I'm losing steam or fail I have a reason to keep going.

My why
To be honest, I'm short of being terrified about postpartum. I hit some really low lows after having Payton and Maverick and I just don't want to get there again or at least if I do I want to know I'm already doing things to help the matter like fueling my body and mind with good things as well as having a focus on others. I want a routine of some kind in place before this baby comes. I've learned that being proactive is key, which is why it's funny to me that I didn't think about my why before jumping into this but I'm grateful to be at a place in my life where I can accept imperfection and keep going. 

What I'm doing well
-washing my face twice a day

What I'm kind of doing well
-eating my veggies
-drinking half my body weight in water
-writing a gratitude list
-praying for my husband
-praying for one person for 10 days straight
-reading one Psalm or Proverb each day

What I'm not doing well
-stretch and walk for at least 10 minutes a day

My plan moving forward
I have to tackle the obstacles that get in my way. For example, it is tough waking up when the house is a mess so I'm trying to declutter and tidy up each night. I am also utilizing Instacart to make sure we have veggies to grab and go. This might sound simple but even designating a place where I write my gratitude list, read my bible, and pray is helpful. If I have to stumble around looking for all those items then I'm way less likely to do it. And drumroll please, I'm utilizing my phone by setting reminders and trying different apps. It's great to make goals but without a plan of attack I'm setting myself up to fail.

How do you set and achieve your goals? What has helped you be successful? 

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