Monday, October 1, 2012

The Great 100 Day Challenge

i can't believe it's already done!

are you curious to know how i and the other participants fared? well, here's the rundown from me and a few others...

carlia - my goal was to run for 100 days (with sundays off & added days for time off)

how did i do?
on a scale of 1-5 (5 being the best), i rate myself with a 3

what i learned... i learned that i hate running on a treadmill. i'm the type of person who gets bored/distracted easily, so i need to run outside. however, i can't handle running in 90+F weather, especially with 90+% humidity, hence the treadmill. i started strong, for about the first 3rd of the challenge, i was on it, but then the boredom set in and it was all i could do to even look at the treadmill. i wound up taking a couple of weeks off, which i regret. at that point, i decided that, if i couldn't run outside, i needed to mix things up, so i joined a gym. it turned out to be such a great decision! mack gets to play with new(to him) toys, while i get some me time. i also learned that i LOVE the rowing machine! whodathunk? i feel like i'm in a good place now, on the right track toward my physical goals. i've created some great habits that i'm excited to keep up!


fiona - my goal was to not use the computer (or any other electronic web surfing / message sending / device like a smart phone) during Alidia's waking hours unless she is in someone else's care

how did i do?
on a scale of 1-5 (5 being the best), i rate myself with a 3

what i learned... As you can see from my score, I didn't do very well! :/ I didn't last long before I went back to using the computer while nursing Alidia in order to keep up with all my favourite blogs.... oh and my job too of course! ;) I did manage to avoid it most of the time when she was awake and not nursing though. Since I was working out in a field most of the summer and travelling for other weeks of it, I actually wasn't on my computer nearly as much as usual anyway so in this way I did well but it was just lucky, rather than me making the big change. If I had more time at home (and my internet was working more which it hasn't been), this probably would have been a 2. I am still definitely using it much less than I was and playing with her more with all attention on her so the challenge did help... plus she is now on the move so hard to not be with her at all times!! I will definitely be trying another challenge next time and am so glad I tried this out and at least made a bit of a change.


kim - my goal was to write 100 pages of my book

how did i do?
on a scale of 1-5 (5 being the best), i rate myself with a 2

what i learned... That although I want my future to pan out my way, I can't help what might pop up. I did quite well for the first month, and exceeded that month's goal of 30 pages twice (I managed 60 pages). I felt I'd probably manage to easily complete the challenge - but then ideas popped in my head. I ended up planning out a new shop of plushy monsters, which opened on the 10th of September, and I also re-evaluated the book itself. As it was the second book of a trilogy that has yet to be picked up by an agency, let alone a publisher, I decided it would be in my best interest to put that book on hold until the first was signed up somewhere, and begin work on something else that wasn't part of a trilogy. I've managed to plan it out successfully but I have yet to start.

I'm gutted that things didn't flow as I expected them to, but at the same time I think it's for the best.
Still, I managed 60 pages, so that is DEFINITELY something I'm proud of ^^


josey - My goal was to do some form of exercise every day for 100 days. Some days it might only be a 10 minute walk with Stella, some days it might be a run or a hike or a yoga class, but no matter what, every day I want to get back in the habit of moving my body.

how did i do?
on a scale of 1-5 (5 being the best), i rate myself with a 4

what i learned... Well, my first attempt at Carlia’s 100 Day Challenge was…interesting. I was definitely better than I would have been without this challenge to inspire me and keep me accountable, but I wasn’t as good as I would have liked to be. Isn’t that always the way?

I was 47/50 for the 1st half of the challenge, and I was 40/50 for the 2nd half, so that gives me an 87% completion rate. Can I get a B+ for that, or at least an E for effort?

I started the challenge on June 1st weighing 156# and wearing a size 12 pant. I finished the challenge on September 8th weighing 160# and wearing a size 12 pant. Um, oops. On a positive note, I’m thankful that I didn’t gain more after a summer of over indulging in 2nd portions and extra drinks, and I’m sure that moving my body (almost) daily helped with that.

thank you to all those who participated (& are participated, as we all started at different times) in the first great 100 day challenge!

this means it's time for the next great 100 day challenge! for this next challenge, my goal is to write in my book for at least an hour every day. i'm hoping that this will help me to maintain writing as a part of my daily schedule, as it is currently a once in a while kind of thing... and hopefully it will help me to finally finish it!

if you're interested in joining me in the great 100 day challenge, all you need to do is become a GFC follower of nest building 101, add the great 100 day challenge button to your blog (if you're a blogger), and complete this form. you don't have to be a blogger to participate; the challenge is open to everyone! there's no limit to what your goal can be, either. just think of something you'd like to work on or accomplish to help make you a better you.

what's going to be different about this challenge, you ask? i'm offering quarterly updates to help keep you motivated and on track. also, those that participate will be entered into a giveaway. the prize is a surprise for now, but is going to be totally awesome!

remember, a lot can happen in 100 days!


J o s e y said...

Thanks for organizing this Carlia - it was fun to see other people's updates on their challenges. I'm not so sure how well I'm going to do at my new challenge, but we shall see... :)

Fiona aka DRMama said...

Thanks for doing this Carlia! Nice to see how everyone did. I am still thinking up a new challenge. Will hopefully have something decided by tomorrow and will post!

Maria said...

Awesome job, Carlia! I say you get more than a 3! I love that you joined a gym and mixed it up when it started to get boring! I couldn't agree more about the treadmill...after some time, it gets boring and same thing/different day. Idk how my mom can stay on that machine for sometimes an hr and a half at a time. I used to have to put the tv on w/captions and headphones and have a magazine available. Lol.
It was so neat to read everyone's accomplishments. What a great project you put together. You've been in my prayers, pretty lady!

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