With last week’s chipped front tooth incident, I’ve been thinking a lot about my health. It’s always the last thing running through my mind at the end of a long day. While I brush my teeth regularly, I can’t remember to take my vitamins daily and eat leafy green vegetables nor make time for an afternoon run and yoga stretch. Most of the time, I either forget to do something or I don’t make enough time in schedule for exercising. While challenging my mental capacity with an invigorating Ted talk yesterday, I was reminded that I only have this one body- I need to take care of it- NOW.
It was in seventh grade, during the Presidential Fitness Challenge when I accepted the sad fact that I couldn’t do a push-up and that I will probably never could. While I can beat just about anyone during leg day at the gym, my upper body strength is, well, pathetic. Sometimes, my arms buckle when lifting something that weighs a mere eight pounds. I started thinking about giving myself a 100-day challenge, one where I would focus on teaching myself how to do a proper push-up and build that upper body strength by doing 50 a day. 50 push ups a day sounds pretty easy- I can wake up first thing in the morning, position myself on the floor and crank out a solid 50 before hitting my a.m. shower. At the end of the 100 days, I can be proud that I can lift not only that heavy box in the corner of my office but that I actually stuck to something meaningful. Oh yes, this challenge is ACCEPTED!
One hundred days from today is August 7. With a bit of focus, I’m picturing all the new, good habits I can and maybe will pick up- 100 days running through the park (I can start marathon training)… 100 days spent eating in (I’ll be saving a bit of money and finally be teaching myself how to cook)… 100 days away from social media (I’ll be connecting with people face-to-face)… 100 night spent in reading or quilting (I have a lot on my summer reading list this year)… 100 days of constant busy-ness (I can get so much accomplished)… 100 days of living the best life I can live.
Dear reader, if you had one hundred days to do something good for yourself, what would you do?