Amy's Balancing Act
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Can y’all believe that there are only 90 days left in 2018? {Okay technically there are 91 as of today.} Just like every year, it seems like each year goes by faster and faster. With 90 days left in the year, I decided to hop on the bandwagon and join in Rachel Hollis’ 90 Day Challenge! The whole idea is to finish the year off with the same intention as we start off a new year. At the end of the year, it’s easy to get into a holiday rut of eating too much, having a few more drinks than normal per week, ordering more pumpkin spice lattes, working out less and just planning to do better at the start of the new year.

Well what if instead, we choose to focus on finishing the year strong? What if we intentionally focus on our health: mental, physical and emotional, now? Having just given birth 5 weeks ago, this is just the kind of challenge that I need! My kids and husband are my world, but I know that I also need to strive to be a better me.

Let’s take a look at the five categories to focus on for this challenge.

one. Get up an hour earlier than normal. 

I’m going to alter this one a little bit for myself. Now don’t get me wrong, I think that waking up an hour earlier to have some me time whether it be meditation, a workout or coffee alone on the couch, is amazing and beneficial. I just don’t think that I’m in a phase of life where I can make this happen. With a crazy toddler and a brand new baby, every morning is different. Instead I’m going set a goal to get out of bed by7:00am. Some days I’m out of bed with Brody by 5am and other days JP takes him and I lay in bed until 8:00am. I’d like to try and utilize my morning alone time once JP heads back to work later this month!

two. Workout for at least thirty minutes.  

This I can manage. In fact, I need this. On days that I don’t run or do an actual workout, I want to walk for at least 30 minutes. I know I can do this because I did it when I was pregnant. Logistics are a little bit harder these days, but I know how great I felt being active every day. I’ve started getting back into it, but this will give me the power to keep at it!

three. Drink half your body weight in ounces of water each day. 

I’m proud to say I do this easily! I’m going to shoot for 80oz every day. As a breastfeeding momma, I need at least 80oz anyway.

four. Give up one food category you know you shouldn’t be eating. 

Speaking of breastfeeding, I’m constantly hungry and always craving sweet and carby foods. Instead of giving up a category, I’m going to limit myself to one sweet treat a day. I’m also going to try to limit my processed food intake. I’m still going to have some, but I’d like to eat more fruits and veggies at snack time and less crackers, chex mix and pretzels.

five. Write down ten things you’re grateful for every single day. 

This is something I haven’t been doing and I know I’ll benefit from. It can be easy to forget everything you have to be grateful for! 

So! What do you think? Will you join the 90 Day Challenge and see how it can effect the end of your year? Chose to do something for you!

Follow along with my journey here and on Instagram. I plan to do a monthly check in to see how I’m sticking to my goals here, and more day to day check ins on Instagram!

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