July must me the month of challenges because I’ve definitely taken on a few! One of the challenges I’m engaged in is the Consistency Challenge by Mattie James. I’m writing a blog post every day Monday-Friday for the month of July (have you noticed?). I’m not going to lie, when she first announced that the challenge would be centered around blog posts, I assumed the requirement would be to publish 2-3 blog posts a week. I was already writing 2 blog posts a week (Travel blog on Tuesdays and Wellness Wednesdays), so I figured what would an extra post hurt. However, when I realized that I would have to pump out 5 posts a week, I was slightly shook! I had never dedicated that much time to blog writing in the history of my blog, and well, I assumed it was impossible. I never tried in the past because I already convinced myself that it couldn’t be done.
Well, I smashed week 1 and I’m smashing week 2 with a total of 9 blog posts published so far out of 20 for the month! I’m proud of myself, but I’m also amazed that I was able to do something I originally thought impossible simply because someone else told me it was indeed possible. So many times we psych ourselves out of our goals and give up before we even begin. By posting consistently and utilizing my social media channels to advertise my blog posts, I have increased my unique blog views from 200 to 2200! And I’m only halfway through the challenge. Now imagine if I was only creating content for social media with nothing to offer my audience on my website that I OWN. All of those precious views would have went to Instagram, TikTok, and Facebook, who could decide to stop existing at a moment’s notice. I also tripled my email subscriber list. I wasn’t able to see and understand the value of blogging until I started taking it seriously and committing to it.
I’ve also taken on health and fitness challenges during this month as well. I realized that I wasn’t prioritizing my health, and that none of this would matter if I’m sick or worse, not here. On my stories, I’ve talked about my goal to go running/walking 4 times per week as I’m trying to work up to running 5K’s again and eventually, a marathon. This may sound impossible to some, but I’ve learned that impossible is on the other side of consistency. It’s not about being perfect, as I said last week I only ran 1 time. However, if you choose to show up, then you’re going to be better off and make progress then if you didn’t do anything at all. In terms of my eating habits, I’ve also challenged myself to make a few changes. You can find them below, and if you would like to join me on any challenges I have listed, please let me know so that we can cheer each other on!
Drink water and aim for 100+ ounces a day - Need help drinking water? Consider this 48 oz bottle. Fill it up twice and meet your goal for the day!
One cup of coffee in the morning with creamer only. No sugar or sweetener. I actually enjoy it this way now. I use Starbucks Toffeenut Creamer, and it provides enough flavor.
Eat protein every 3 hours - I’m guilty of going all day without eating, and then when I finally do eat, I overdo it because I’m starving. Protein keeps you full so you don’t feel hungry and helps to speed up your metabolism. Suggestions for protein: egg whites (I scramble liquid egg whites with onions, peppers, and spinach), boiled eggs, chicken sausage, turkey bacon, chicken, turkey, salmon, shrimp, scallops, raw almonds (great for snacking).
Eat at least 3 servings of veggies/fruits per day - You can also combine spinach and kale with fruit to consume as a smoothie. For an extra boost of protein, add whey protein. I also love celery with a little bit of peanut butter and strawberries with honey for a sweet treat.
If I desire alcohol, choose a glass of wine - the challenge is to go the rest of the month with no alcohol except for an occasional glass of wine.
Once I get in all my protein, veggies/fruits, and water for the day, there’s honestly no room for anything else. Focusing on what I’m HAVING instead of NOT having helps me to avoid feeling like I’m missing out on something. Do any of these challenges speak to you?
xoxo, Global Midwife
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