I eagerly signed up for this 6-week challenge because I am always looking for motivation and something to push me out of my comfort zone.

Challenge (6 weeks):

– Meditate for at least 5 minutes a day.

– Drink 32 oz of water within the first hour of waking and before eating.

– Exercise 4 times a week and try to incorporate 4 workouts that have a different emphasis.

– Drink a green smoothie 5 days a week.

Extra credit: A cold shower every day for at least 10 seconds longer if possible. 

What I quickly learned from this 6-week challenge is that scheduling was the key. For example, on the weekends, if you wait until the end of the day to meditate you might run the risk of not finding the appropriate time. Like, what if you want to have that cocktail, but then you remember you need to squeeze in your meditation? I know. The struggle!

Some challenges you thought were going to be easy proved to be challenging and others you thought were going to be hard, seemed easy. I thought drinking 32 oz of water a day, before anything else, would be no big deal, but it was more challenging than I thought. I found myself practically choking down that water so I could have my first cup of coffee. I thought the routine of meditation every day would be difficult, but it turns out, that was the part of the challenge I enjoyed the most. I thought the prep of the green smoothie every day was going to be time-consuming and difficult, but that was easier than I imagined too. It was actually drinking a green smoothie every day that was most challenging!

Learning about the other ladies’ experiences throughout the challenge was cool because you realized that everyone’s experience was entirely unique to them.  What felt easy to me was challenging for others and vice versa. It seemed like the cold shower was difficult for most, but I found them to be not so bad. 

Misery loves company!! Doing the challenge with such an amazing group of women was the best part. Knowing you were not alone on the journey and having the support system provided enough motivation to keep on pushing. 6-weeks did start to feel long. And for whatever reason, I thought week 5 was the last week!

My biggest takeaway was that doing something repeatedly for 6-weeks becomes habit-forming. I’m sure that was the point – to make some of these tasks stick. For me, that goal was accomplished. I plan to continue to practice some of these rituals like drinking the 32 oz of water, meditating, and maybe even the cold showers 😉