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If you missed yesterday’s post about my new challenge, you might want to go read about it before continuing here.

Today started Month One and my first monthly goal is to “Drink More Water”. So far, I have grabbed one water bottle today and drank about half of it and I plan to finish it before bedtime. Ideally, I would love to get into the habit of drinking at least 2-3 glasses per day so that I will be drinking less caffeine. I definitely have a Mountain Dew habit right now and I don’t see myself dropping it completely but I would love to cut WAY back eventually. This month, I plan to incorporate water more into my life and really get used to drinking more of it. I do NOT have a set amount I am forcing myself to drink, I just want to start off by drinking more. This is my way of not getting down on myself. So, as long as I am drinking water even a few times a week, I will be meeting my monthly challenge. BUT if I drink even more,  then it’s like going above and beyond my challenge and it feels like I am excelling even more. 🙂

I have decided to wait on posting about each monthly challenge until the first of each month so I have plenty of time to really pick each one and think about it. I have also decided every month I add a challenge, I want to not only keep my last challenge OR challenges, but try to work them in even more. For instance, say I drink a bottle of water 2-3 times a week the first month. The second month, I will be, of course, keeping my challenge of drinking more water but will try to increase the 2-3 bottles a week of water into say, one every other day. Then the next month, maybe one every day and so on…..

I am hoping this will not only make each challenge a habit for me but allow me to get more used to each one as time passes by. 🙂 Anyone else participating may do theirs however they see fit! My end or BIG goal is just to better myself and make good, healthy changes in my life that will stick. I am really excited about this challenge and feel extremely motivated to make it work. I plan to keep everyone updated along the way with my progress and I would love for others participating in any way to share theirs as well! Who knows? Maybe YOUR good progress will inspire me! 🙂

NOW…for the second part of this post. January 11th is my last day of PostaDay 2011 since I started on that day last year. By that date, I will decide whether I will continue posting daily or less often. Ultimately, the decision will be my choice, of course, but I would really love to hear opinions from those who read my blog. Family, close friends and fellow bloggers: Please let me know if you have enjoyed my daily posts and if you would like to see me continue posting daily. Would you miss my posts if I did them less often?

{December 31, 2011}   12 in ’12

I’ve said before that I don’t like resolutions. Part of the reason is because when I hear people make them, I almost expect them to fail. Not because I want them to fail, but because resolutions are notoriously known for failing.
Last year, I challenged myself to the Post a day challenge and to some, that could have been considered a resolution, but part of why it worked so well for me was because I refused to ever consider it as a resolution. I like the sound of a challenge, especially when it’s one that I know will challenge me but at the same time, I know I will enjoy the process. In about 11 days, I will have completed that challenge and the jury is still out on whether I will continue posting daily or not. I will say there is a pretty good chance of it. Some people very close to me have expressed sadness at me not continuing and they could have a strong factor on my decision.
I HAVE come up with my own personal 2012 challenge, though. One that I think is very conceivable because it’s all about small steps toward a bigger goal. I am calling it the “12 in ’12 Challenge” and it begins tomorrow with the first part. I welcome others to take part however they would like as well. This is how it works: There are 12 months and at the beginning of each month, I will introduce a small challenge to myself about a greater change I want to make. For example, in January, my goal is to drink more water. Right now, I hardly drink any water, so if I can even incorporate a bottle of water every other day for now, I will be following my challenge. By the time February gets here, I will introduce a new goal for that month, but keep January’s going as well, thereby doing 2 things in the 2nd month.  Each month, I will add another small challenge, so by the time December, the 12th month hits, I will have 11 challenges hopefully made into lasting changes in my life and be working on a 12th one!
I think picking smaller goals will work best for me, because smaller is easier to handle than a big goal. I only have January’s picked out so far, but I hope to eventually have all my goals figured out ahead of time. I think I will reserve the right to change the goals up, as long as it’s before the month has started, if I think of a better one I would like to instate. Like I said, if anyone would like to follow along with my idea, feel free to. You can use bigger goals for yourself, more than one goal a month, whatever works best for you.
I also think the secret to any challenge is not to be too hard on yourself. We all will mess up at times, but it’s no big deal. Just forget it, wake up the next day and give it your best shot!
So…who likes my plan?
It’s almost time for “12 in ’12”!

*Happy New Year everyone, Have fun and be safe!*

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