From today, Tuesday 20th September 2016 (clearly not the date the above photo was taken), there are 103 days until January 1st.
I’ve been thinking recently about how much I feel I’ve let myself go and got into bad, unhealthy habits. Yes, I’ve been walking more recently, but I don’t really have a good consistent exercise habit, and my food habits have become appalling. I’ve not gained weight noticeably on the scales – except I’m nearly half a stone heavier than I was this time last year and I’ve not lost anything in months at all and actually the scales say my average weight is slowly creeping up – not by much, but it’s moving up – but I’ve noticeably gained some weight on my face and my arms feel softer and bigger etc.
Just as I was thinking about this I saw that John Green is going to start a 100 days thing (https://www.youtube.com/100days) in which he and a friend see what it’s really like to live healthily for 100 days. The longest I’ve ever gone is a month, and I felt pretty good after that – at the moment I can hardly stick to half a day. I keep saying I’ll do this or that and then instantly not doing it.
I thought it would be an interesting challenge to see if I could also do the same thing, and then googled to see how many days there are in the rest of this year. There were 108 at the time. So I thought, instead of leaving it to the new year, why don’t I get it done now. New Year’s Resolutions are great but there’s no need for me to wait for another third of a year to start something if I really want to get it done.
So I’m not going to wait. On Friday 23rd September, I will start 100 days of healthy living, with the hope that giving it that much focus for such a long length of time will serve to ingrain some of the practices in my life. I don’t want to have to work hard at this. I want it to become natural – a habit, if you will. As my planner quotes this week – “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit”. I’m hoping to repeatedly live more healthily so that I do become more healthy. Strange, that!
And to keep me accountable, and also to help anyone else figure out what works and what doesn’t, I plan to document these 100 days of healthy living. The main way I plan to do this will be here on this blog, but I plan to post on my Instagram and probably whine a bit on my Tumblr too. There won’t be daily updates here, but they’ll be a lot more frequent than they currently are!
I’m feeling determined but a bit apprehensive, and I can’t wait to get started. Hope to see you there with me.