I almost didn’t publish this post.
As you can tell from the title, the post is about a challenge that has something to do with the last 90 days of 2018.
But, because this post wasn’t published on October 1st, there are actually less than 90 days left in the year.
80 to be exact.
But, in the words of Geoffrey Chaucer (I didn’t know who he was either. Thanks, Google!):
“Better late than never.”
Glad that’s out of the way. Let’s talk about the Last 90 Days Challenge.
What Is The Last 90 Days Challenge?
Several months ago I came across a video on Facebook that had obviously gone viral. It had millions of views and thousands of comments, mostly positive and some, let’s just say, shade-throwing comments.
Can’t please everybody.
The video features businesswoman, New York Times bestselling author, motivational speaker, and creator of The Chic Site, Rachel Hollis. Take a look.
At the end of the video, you realize that it is a promotional video for her latest book, Girl, Wash Your Face.
The video obviously worked on me because I promptly looked up the book and listened to it on Audible. It’s actually a very good book. But, this post isn’t a book review. Maybe I’ll do a review on the book sometime in the future. Maybe.
You see, Rachel Hollis is also the creative mind behind the Last 90 Days Challenge.
The Last 90 Days Challenge was created to encourage and inspire women (men, too, because her husband Dave is on board) to develop and stick to habits and behaviors during the last 90 days of the year that will prepare you for a powerful and effective new year.
Can You Relate?
Rachel talks about those familiar feelings we get towards the end of the year where we reflect on how far we’ve come in reaching the goals we set at the beginning of the year.
You know what I’m talking about.
The plans you made to eat better, exercise more, start that blog, strengthen your relationships…oh, wait, those are mine.
But, yours are probably similar, right?
You start off strong, going to the gym every day, meal prepping in those fancy containers you bought on Amazon.com, calling family and friends every week to check in. But, after about
two weeks a month, you start slacking off.
Working out is replaced by sleeping later in the morning, or watching Netflix shows back to back after work.
Meal prepping? Nope. You’re picking up Chinese take-out or going through the drive-thru on the way home.
Your connection with people consists of sending occasional text messages and stalking their Facebook feed, instead of phone calls and meeting in person for an actual conversation.
Instead of working on your side hustle or business, you’re telling yourself that you’re too tired, you don’t have time, or that your ideas aren’t good enough.
I know because this is me. These are the things that have kept me from sticking to my goals. But, not this time. This challenge is just what I need to finish strong in 2018.
What I love about this challenge is that Rachel emphasizes that it is not too late to jump in.
You don’t have to start on a Monday. It’s fine if you didn’t start on October 1st.
Last 90 Days Challenge: 5 To Thrive
5 To Thrive is the foundation of Last 90 Days Challenge. We are to do these tasks on a daily basis. Not a few days a week, or only Monday through Friday.
Every. Single. Day.
I mean, take a look at this list. No one can argue (although many will try) that starting and sticking to all of these habits will have an enormous, positive impact on your life.
My 5 To Thrive habits will change over the course of the challenge because I plan to introduce new habits every week or two. By the end of the year, my hope is that I will have eliminated lots of bad habits and adopted better ones. Here’s how I plan to start…now.
- Get up an hour earlier than you normally do and use the time for yourself.
- Lately I’ve been over-sleeping because I’ve been staying up late watching Netflix shows. My late night binge watching has caused me to stray away from my morning routine. Starting tomorrow, I plan to wake up at 5 am. I’ll start my morning by reading my Bible or daily devotional followed by prayer. After that, I will work on my blog. I plan to write freely, no editing, looking for stock images…just write.
- Workout for at least 30 minutes
- I am one of the most inconsistent people when it comes to exercise. I don’t particularly enjoy exercise but, because I know that it is vital to my health and wellness, I am committed to changing that. My plan is to go for a 30 minute walk every morning by 8 am. The Fall weather will make it a very pleasant walk. The back-up plan for rain is to find a workout on YouTube to do inside. I got this.
- Drink half your body weight in ounces of water each day.
- This one is pretty straightforward. I know that I don’t drink nearly enough water on a daily basis. It’s not even that I’m drinking soda or sugary drinks. I just don’t drink enough fluids at all. Half my body weight is about 75 to 80 ounces a day. My guess is that I drink an average of 30 to 40 ounces of water a day. Not good. I’ve got to do better, and I will.
- Give up one food category you know you shouldn’t be eating.
- Although I have managed to reach and maintain my weight loss goals through changing my diet, I still eat a lot of pretty unhealthy foods. I’ll start this one with eliminating processed salty snacks. This includes potato chips, veggie straws (I love those things!), cheese puffs, tortilla chips, popcorn, etc. This stuff has no nutritional value and is loaded with salt, oils, and ingredients you can’t even pronounce. For me, they also trigger binge eating behavior. I tend to go overboard and eat several servings in one sitting. This stops now.
- Write down ten things you’re grateful for every single day.
- This is my favorite of the five. It is important to note that this habit requires you to think over each day and identify things you’re grateful for that happened that day. For example, instead of saying you’re grateful for your job every day, you can get super specific and say, “I’m so grateful I got that parking spot near the front of the store so I wouldn’t have to walk so far in the pouring rain.” I promise you I can find a hundred reasons a day to complain about something. Instead, this habit will force me to focus on the positives of the day. Good stuff.
Let’s Get Started
I hope you’ll join me in this challenge to change your life for the better. You have nothing to lose.
I know that sounds cliché, but its true. You never know what kind of blessings are in store for you if you decide to make these last few months of the year count by doing some amazing things.
I plan to share how the challenge went for me at the end of the year, including what went well and what I plan to improve for 2019.
Let me know below if you joined the challenge and how you plan to implement your 5 To Thrive.
Let’s get it, ladies!