It's finally over... or is it? A month ago, the SheSpeaks staff challenged ourselves and our members to take a month and complete personal goals. We asked: Can you really see a difference in your body, your life, or your health, by doing something for 28 days straight? Now that the challenge is officially over, we can tell you what we really think!
How is your challenge going? Tell us about it for the chance to be one of five lucky winners of an Amazon Echo Dot! (P.S. It's not too late to start!)
Turns out, some challenges are better than others...
Prep the Day Challenge, Ann
This challenge proved to me how critical is it for me to prepare for the morning the night before. Unfortunately, it didn't always happen. It was especially tough on nights when I was out of the house. But luckily, I saw how calm the morning atmosphere was when I did do advance planning, so it gives me incentive to keep trying!
Water Challenge, Julia
I can feel my body thanking me for doing this challenge. I had been so used to consuming very little water during the day, that it was hard to remember to keep refilling my water bottle. But forcing myself to pay more attention made drinking water a habit and at the very least, I became more mindful of when I really need to hydrate. I'm definitely planning to continue this challenge indefinitely.
Gratitude Challenge, Carol
I wrote down 10 things I was grateful for each day. Some days my lists was finished by 10am, other days I was writing both yesterday's and today's list, but I did it! It reminded me that I have a good life and there are A LOT Of things to be grateful for, even on bad days. I definitely recommend this challenge because it doesn't cost anything and you already have everything you need. I'll definitely continue, though I may narrow it to just 3 things. 10 was a lot!
Carol is thankful for her son's swim team Mom Carpool...
Cardio Challenge, Missy
I actually surpassed my challenge - I had a goal of biking 3 times a week and most weeks I actually rode 4-5 times. I learned that I couldn't put it off until the end of the day because I would be too tired. But if I rode in the morning, I was full of energy and had a feeling of accomplishment right out of the gate. The best part is that it is now a habit, so I will continue to do it... I'm on a roll!
No Added-Sugar Challenge, Aliza
I do like carbs and sugar so it was hard to give that up entirely. But I've learned that I can just make smarter decisions overall even if I decide to have some sugar in between. I am now much more conscious of how much sugar I'm eating, which will help me make smarter choices for myself and my family.
Aliza realized just how many foods that sugar hides in...
This challenge promised to "completely change your body in 28 days." Nope, that didn't happen. I don't really see any significant changes, though I do feel a bit stronger. I was actually able to meet the goal and do all 45 push-ups (though not all at once!) I feel proud that I completed this task, and it inspired me to set another goal for myself.
Healthy Eating: Soup Challenge, Galit
Eating soup every day made me push myself to be creative and I even managed to expand my family's food palates too. Since I also bought soup or pre-cut veggies when I had less time, I saw that I didn't have to exhaust myself to get healthy food on the table. Eating soup every day for a whole month was too long for one type of meal, but I will definitely keep soups into the dinner rotation.
Galit's kids enjoyed her Meatball Tomato Bean Soup
Meditation Challenge, Kelly
Meditating an average of 20 minutes a day taught me that peace and calmness is attainable at any moment if you focus. Finding the right time of day to dedicate to meditation is hard - some days I didn't get to it, but other days I went above and beyond. I love that there are so many types of medication so everyone can really make it their own and I will definitely continue.
Serious about achieving your goals? The new SheSpeaks #GoalForIt Unboxed experience may be for you. Take this survey to find out more.
Here's how you can enter the #SheSpeaksChallenge:
- Have you been working along side us all month? Or did you just get started? Either way, comment below to tell us how you are doing!
- Not yet joined? Tell us what you would like to personally accomplish. It could be one of our month-long challenges, a dream you are working toward, or a goal you are hoping to reach.
- Continue the conversation! Participate on our discussion board, and share your goals & accomplishments on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram with the hashtags #SheSpeaksChallenge and #entry.
The more you participate, the more chances you have to win! You have until February 20th to enter!
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*Five lucky participants will be chosen at random to each receive an Amazon Echo Dot, each valued at $49.99. Giveaway is open through February 20th, 2016 to U.S. residents at least 18 years of age. Entrants must be a member of SheSpeaks. If you are not a member, click here to join. Winner will be notified by email.