Over the years, I’ve learned that New Year’s resolutions and I don’t get along well.
Saying on January 1st that I’m going to do something (or not do something) for a whole year? 365 days into the future is too abstract for me; too overwhelming.
Instead, I find that taking on one-month commitments to make small changes works better for me. One month is a manageable chunk of time – and I can always continue on after that month if I want to. In fact, many of these challenges end up becoming lifelong changes.
(But, if I fall short, there are only a few weeks until I can be reinvigorated with a new month’s challenge!)
For example, my one-month grain-free challenge totally “clicked” for me last June — much to my surprise. I continued on, eating clean and feel great.
But then November and December hit. The last two months of the year are crazy for me with the blog; I was working non-stop and doing zero “self care”. Basically, I lost my healthy direction and have realized that I need a one month challenge to reset my compass.
So this January, I’m taking on that challenge; in fact, I’m taking on two.
First – I’m going to walk, every single day, for 10 minutes.
I know, you’re probably thinking: Really? What good is 10 minutes gonna do?
Cardiovascularly, it’s about 20 minutes shorter than the recommended amount. But for some reason, in this season of freezing cold days and mile-long to-do lists, I’m having a hard time wrapping my head around a whole half hour of working out every day.
So 10 minutes it is. Probably once I lace up my shoes (or boots!), I’ll end up going longer than 10 minutes. But by telling myself it’s “only” 10 minutes, I can gear up for the challenge.
Especially exciting for me is that I’ve enlisted one of my children to walk with me. While I spend a lot of time with kids, it’s just that: Kids. Plural.
I’ve been thinking lately that I need more one-on-one opportunities — especially with my sons, who are a little bit older. With big kids, it’s so easy to let that direct connection slip, filling the space with other things.
Thats why every day in January, my son and I will walk together for 10 minutes.
And for my second challenge, I’m doing 30-days of planks. Again, this commitment requires just seconds every day, but it’s a great way to see immediate change.
To go from 20 seconds (trembling, sweating) to 300 seconds (STRONG!) by the end of the month — that’s the real deal.
Who wants to join me in this January Every Day Challenge?
Pick something small — because when we make small changes, and practice those changes every single day, they add up to big differences in our lives.
Maybe it’s walking or planking, like me. Maybe it’s eating an extra serving of leafy green veggies. Or tracking your expenses every single day. Or making and sticking to a menu plan all month long.
Leave a comment if you’ll be joining me. Tell me what change you’ll be making – if you feel comfortable sharing publicly.
I’ll be checking in on the blog and on Facebook. I’m even going to work on a special giveaway just for my One Month’ers.
I hope you’ll join me in this one-month challenge. Happy New Year.