Ok – now that I have some success (!) at integrating some of the challenges I have assigned to myself, it is time to expand it a little bit. I will keep almost all of them, but the new ones (in red font) will just enhance my efforts (green fonts my updates/experience on challenges).
challenge 1: take the bus (not the cab) – get up at 8.15am to catch the bus. getting used to it 🙂
challenge 2: eat better and healthy – cut out the carbs and consume more veggies and fruits
challenge 3: walk an extra 30 min at the weekends – I got it 🙂 with this beautiful weather, staying inside does not feel good.
challenge 4: do not buy books for two months. I think I did buy a couple of books since then, but no. Not unless I feel the extreme need to pamper myself, no new books for two months.
challenge 5: cut out the bagel breakfast- one bagel/breakfast. Could not do that yet. Tomorrow is another day – I will see.
challenge 6: do grocery shopping as required and buy small amounts – many stuff perished in my fridge so far – what a sad waste. Going well. I am not interested in limiting my diet, only to not waste. So far it has been going well.
challenge 7: start listening to music and relaxing 20 min a day; this is done easily now thanks to my computer and youtube.
challenge 8: drink at least one cup of tea a day. I easily and lovingly do this during the week.
challenge 9: get up in the morning and smile to yourself and hum a song. well, remembered to do only a few times. Made a mental note to do more often.
challenge 10: look outside the window at the office three times a day – enjoy the view and relax. This has been one of the most consistent one. what a wonderful idea. With no ego I can say my office has the best view among all on my floor. Plus, when I am at home I get to enjoy the view from my yard.
challenge 11: record the progress in these areas in breaking the routine or joy journal categories. Not necessarily in these pages, but I kept posting them somewhere in this blog, good job 🙂
challenge 12: increase the contribution made to the RRSP account. Nope. This is not happening. This gotta wait until my chequeing account moves to a positive balance.
challenge 13: during the day remember to smile. oh well.. sometimes. Just sometimes.
challenge 14: lose 15 pounds in two months – record weight and food consumed every day. Ok. This is hard to do but I am trying. By means of limiting bread mostly. There is a 5 pounds difference, but hey that happened before, only to gain again in a couple of days later. I am not keeping my hopes high re; this challenge. I will get excited when I lose 10 pounds.
challenge 15: stick to the plans – I have done these before and I can do it again. I am. to my best. I am so motivated nowadays that I am increasing these challenges today.
New challenges (as of today):
challenge 16: comb the hair everyday. Mornings are great when I usually have a couple of extra minutes before I leave for the bus.
challenge 17: spare 5 min every day to breathe – just to breathe.
challenge 18: apply sunscreen every morning.
challenge 19: apply moisturiser every night.
challenge 20: every week, eat two different food from last week – whether veggies or fruits or others. Change the brands or types of canned food or others I regularly consume.
challenge 21: take the stairs at the office (2 storeys) at least twice a week.
challenge 22: write the joy journal every day; no matter how dry or repeating it may feel. It always makes me feel good.