The Last 90 Days – Week 3, the Catch-up Edition

Good morning, friends!

How did the weekend already fly by so fast? And it’s already Tuesday? We had a flurry of a busy weekend over here, so it’s no wonder that I feel like I looked up and suddenly it’s Tuesday.

So let’s play catch-up a bit from what I had started writing as last Friday’s post, but then Little Miss decided to wake up early (again!!) so I had to put my laptop aside and put the Mom hat back on for the rest of the morning. Sometimes despite best efforts Life happens, and we just roll with it.

I had mentioned last week that I’ve been feeling a little “over it” with the Last 90 Days challenge. And with all of the blank check boxes from my progress tracker for the week, yeah. I suppose so.

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Wake up 1 Hour Early – I slept in Saturday morning after a late Friday night, but since I had a whole day to myself, it wasn’t like I was deprived of that hour of me-time. So I let myself sleep in a bit. Honestly, getting up early is the one thing that’s coming the easiest (and I love my sleep!) through the whole challenge. My body is getting more used to the 5:00 AM wake-up call and sometimes I even wake up a few minutes before my alarm goes off. I “reward” myself those mornings by reading my latest book for a bit before my alarm goes off and gets me out of bed.

Exercise – this one has not surprisingly been one of the more challenging habits to pick up, but I’ve done pretty well this week. Especially since all those workouts are running. Three more weeks and my half marathon will be over, and I can shake up the routine a bit!

Drink More Water – okay, so I say “drink more water” because the actual task is “Drink half of your body weight of water in ounces” and that is mouthful so I just abberviate to “drink more water.” And I’m not certain how much I weigh since I don’t weigh myself or even own a scale, so I’m guessing I’m around 150 lbs, and 75 oz of water daily seems like plenty! So that’s about four of my water bottles daily. I chug one first thing in the morning, and sip the rest throught the day. So far this strategy is working, and I only have a hard time if I’m on the road for work or running errands on the weekend and don’t plan my water breaks appropriately.

Eliminate 1 Food – after a lot of post-Whole30 delibration, I decided that my one food to eliminate for these 90 days should be alcohol. Out of all of the “not worth it for now” foods I reintroduced this once seems to be such a gateway food to making further poor choices (late-night snacking, sleeping in the next morning feeling terrible, skipping workouts because I feel terrible) so I’m going to back off for now. I do have my birthday party coming up and I may enjoy a cocktail or two at my party, but for the regular every day stuff I’ll pass on my nightly wine for now.

Gratitude List – this one has been the easiest to do, but hardest to remember! I finally started setting an alarm during my commute so I can use that time to jot my list down on my phone. It’s pretty powerful how quickly I can turn my mood around, from cramped and cranky in a crowded train car to looking around at all my beautiful commuters and marveling on all the blessings in life just from taking a pause to reflect on life’s good stuff. So cheesy, but it works!

For Next Week – And since I’m a few days behind posting, I can give you a bit of a spoiler and say my habits have definitley slid over the busy weekend. I’m using my time this morning to reflect and put together my plan on how to get back in the game and finish Week 4 out. The key to my plan: take a break from wine tasting! 🙂

I suppose I should stop buying wine if I’m trying to take a break from alcohol. Anyone want to come help me drink it? 🙂

Go make it a great day, kids!

The Last 90 Days: Week 2 Recap

Good morning, y’all! It’s another Friday! Here’s an awesome comic I found by War and Peas for your Friday amusement:

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Mood, magnificent spider. Mood.

I’m so happy to check out my Last 90 Days progress from this week! It was certainly a more focused week, with a couple days where I had successfully completed all of my “5 to Thrive” goals!

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As much as I would love to see check marks across the board, I know that Life happens, and I’m happy with simply striving each day to make the best choices for myself. Like on Sunday (10/7), we went on an amazing boat ride on the bay to watch the Blue Angels air show for Fleet Week.

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Due to the schedule, the long day, and the fact I had my two mini-me’s with me, I wasn’t able to squeeze in exercise that day. And I’m not certain how much water I drank (I was guzzling La Croix the whole ride, but I found out sparkling water doesn’t count – it has to be plain water!) so I’m guessing I didn’t hit my goal. But, dude, I was on a boat!

What’s up for next week? I have another week of half marathon training to tackle (including my longest run in recent history, I’m going to try and get in 8 miles this weekend!), and I’m thinking about trying to snag one of the Start Today Journals because I really like how they lay out the gratitude and intentions lists day by day. It might help me remember to do my daily gratitude checking!

That’s it for now, go make it a great day!