40 Days to Personal Revolution update

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Hey friends, thanks so much for all the congrats and well wishes about the new house. I really appreciate it, you guys are just the best!   I think we will be unpacking and decorating for a while, but we are very happy to be getting settled in.

How’s your week going? With everything going on, the days and weeks have been flying, I can’t believe there is only a week left in February. Where is 2018 going!?!

Today I thought I would do a little check in on the 40 Days to Personal Revolution program I am doing. If you missed my intro post, you can find it here.

We are now in week 5. The program has four components: yoga, meditation, diet, and journaling. I will address progress in each component.

Yoga: I was pretty spot on with my yoga practice weeks 1-3, and have found that I really love waking up with some yoga. In week 4 and going into this week, I have not been able to fully keep up with the practice. It is not a lack of desire, but rather a lack of time. With the move, my schedule was everywhere last week, and even though we are a bit more settled now, I would have to get up before 4 am to get in a 75-minute yoga practice in the morning. I just can’t bring myself to that. Instead, I have been focusing on spending 15-30 minutes practicing yoga each morning, and have been adding in another shorter session in the evenings as often as I can. I have also been taking more in studio classes or doing online videos instead of following the planned practice from the book. The first few weeks I did the exact recommended practice, but I have a hard time being on my own with a long practice. Even though I’m not getting all of the recommended yoga in, I do feel it makes a huge difference in my mood and I feel that I have gotten stronger and more flexible over the course of the program.

Meditation: Meditations are twice a day throughout the entire program.  They started as 5-minute meditations and increase by five minutes in duration each week. This is another area that I have to be honest and admit that it has been difficult for me to fit in 20, and now 25 minute meditations last week and this week. I have meditated twice a day, every day since starting the program though. I consider this a huge win since I have never had a consistent meditation practice before. I have been doing my second meditation at lunch when I can and I feel like it has refreshed and energized me for the second half of my day.

Diet: The program focuses on eating healthy, nourishing food and paying attention to when your body needs more cleansing (fruits, less dense foods, smaller portions) and when it needs more building foods (larger portions, proteins, spicy foods). Week 4 also had a 3-day fruit fast. I ended up doing a 2.5-day fruit fast because I wanted to go take an OTF class and felt I needed more substance prior.

The fast included avocados, tomatoes, zucchini’s and other produce I don’t necessarily think of when I think of fruit.  I included tomato soup and avocado in mine for meals with a little more substance and less sweet.  I also had some plantain chips for a little texture variety.   There is no coffee or alcohol during the fast, and I definitely missed my coffee, but otherwise, it went well. I wasn’t hungry during it. I wouldn’t say I felt much different following the fast.  Though I do feel like I focused more on how what I ate made me feel both during the fast and the few days following.

Journaling: The journaling portion of the program has come least naturally to me. I did the journaling weeks 1-3 and did find it to be a good reflective exercise. However, I delayed it as much as I could. Our weekly meetings are Saturdays and I would journal Friday night or Saturday morning. I totally spaced doing week 4’s journaling with the move, but am planning to do it this week.

So far I am really enjoying my program. I wished I had been able to devote more time to it over the last couple of weeks, but I kind of think it helped to keep my stress in check during what has been a very stressful time. Even though I have been doing a somewhat abbreviated version.

I will do a full recap once I finish, if you have any specific questions, just let me know.

Question: What do you do to manage your stress?


Hope you have a great day!

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16 thoughts on “40 Days to Personal Revolution update

  1. sounds interesting and self focused, which is always a good thing. moving is stressful and I can see why you struggled to get more things in. I moved into my house at the end of Sept and I’m still working on painting and decorating the rooms. I did the kids rooms first to get them settled and then have slowly worked around. Nothing says it has to be done in a day/week/month… year?

    1. Thanks for the perspective! I always tend to rush towards completion, but some things just take a little time.

  2. I love this idea! I do meditation through Headspace and yoga every once in a while, and I always find I feel better when I’m doing them consistently. But it’s hard to find a consistent practice without guidelines. I’ll definitely have to look into this!
    And you’re totally right anout things like meditation and yoga keeping your stress levels down even if you do them a little bit. I have pretty bad anxiety, but I’ve found that a consistent daily meditation will keep that anxiety down, even on my bad weeks.

    1. It is a great program to establish a consistent practice. I totally agree that meditation can help a lot with anxiety.

  3. I always forget that certain foods most people think of as vegetables (like tomatoes) are actually fruit! Even though they’re technically fruit, I think I will always think of them as veggies.

    To manage stress, I try to tackle things slowly. Instead of cleaning my entire apartment which would stress me out more, I focus on either a single room or just one task such as dusting all tables.

    1. That is such a great way to manage big projects! I am the same way, I never think of tomatoes as fruit.

    1. It is a huge stress reliever for me too! That’s awesome that you are able to get a few sessions a week in.

  4. What an interesting program. It sounds like even though you aren’t doing it exactly– you are doing the best you can and still made some great changes.
    I need something to manage my stress- I’m always working on that!

    1. That is how I am trying to approach it, even if I’m not doing exactly what was recommended, I’m still doing something that is good for me.

  5. It sounds like you’re doing a great job, and I commend you for fitting in all of this even if it’s not the recommend amount of time. I have a hard time exercising for long on my own, so I can’t imagine doing so much yoga without a class!!

    -Lauren
    http://www.shootingstarsmag.net

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