I love a challenge, it gets me motivated to get outside so when I heard about the 52 hike challenge I thought, I can do that.
It’s one hike a week for the next 52 weeks or if you want to hike more you can and finish in half the time. I usually hike somewhere every week anyways. Yeah, I can do that.
Then came the 30 day ReWild Your life challenge where you go outside for 30 minutes a day and unplug from your devices, you can only take pictures. The goal is for you to spend time with yourself in nature.
Again, I can do that, I do that everyday anyways.
Next the 365 mile challenge came along, easier still, one mile a day for the next 365 days. Ha! This one will be easy.
Yeah, I can do that but the truth is I haven’t been able to stick with any of them. I think I’m motivated but I loss interest and go on to the next challenge.
Why is that?
One reason may be my attention span and motivation start dropping after a few weeks because I don’t stay active in their private online groups.
Nothing wrong with these groups, I just lose interest in them. Again, I don’t know why that is?
But what I do know is that all 3 of these challenges has gotten me to move more.
Maybe not always a mile a day or a hike a week. I will say I do spend at least 30 minutes a day outside, that I do do 🙂
I used to use this excuse all the time “I don’t have time”.
Which leads to this great quote I just read by Laura Vanderkam. Say this the next time you catch yourself saying I don’t have time.
Instead of saying “I don’t have time” try saying “it’s not a priority” and see how that feels.
Now I make it a priority to move and get outside because that’s important to me, it keeps me sane, fit and curious about the area I live in.
It’s the reason I keep this blog going, so I can write about my adventures and keep myself accountable in some way.
i”m lucky enough to have a nursing job that keeps me outside most of the day, driving from one client’s home to the next so I may not be spending 30 minutes in nature every day but I am trying to spend more time with myself by turning off the radio when I’m driving around. I’m liking having quiet time in the car.
It’s also gotten me to stop and take a break at a new places along the way or hang out at one of my old favs. I’ve discovered some gems locally that I had no idea were here. Sweet!
I may not hike every week but I do walk somewhere almost every day.
I started walking to the store about a 1/4 mile away for small items and make time to stop at community parks I used to just pass by and I walk alot in our neighborhood.
I’m moving and that’s more important then keeping track of how many hikes I’ve done or miles or how much time was spent in nature.
Don’t get me wrong these challenges are great motivators and I encourage anyone who’s never done one to try it, they can be life changing which I will admit is what has happened to me.
These challenges have put me back in touch with what makes me happiest and that’s being outside enjoying this free self care tool called nature.
I know as women we tend to take care of everyone else before taking care of ourselves and I’ve learned to stop doing that.
I take care of me first because I believe if you don’t feed your soul with what it craves (doing what you love) you’ll never be happy or healthy. Stress will just eat away at you until you’re so sick you can’t get out and do anything and live will be over.
I know that’s a little dramatic but I think about the cancer patients I take care of and I listen to their stories of how they used to do this and that or they wanted to do this or that but never got around to it. They want so much to go back in time and change things.
So if you’re a little stressed or upset that you haven’t finished a challenge and you’re beating yourself up about it, just stop and pat yourself on the back for doing what you did accomplish and just get back up there and start again, who says you can’t start over. I do it all the time 🙂
The important thing is were’re out there and we’re moving, even if it is slower, I’m grateful that I can move, I take care of so many people who can’t.
I’ll be going back through all 3 of these challenges and finishing them.
In fact the 365 mile challenge isn’t over until January 2018 so I have time and I do believe I am caught up I just need to start tracking my miles better.
52 hike challenge I can finish as well I just need to list my hikes and going back through my blog here will help. I just was never a good record keeper.
Maybe if I had a descent journal book to keep them in. Something I’m actually working on creating myself so stay tuned.
And definitely the Rewild you life challenge, this one is a favorite, getting into nature for 30 minutes a day now that the weather is nice, I will definitely do that.
So how about you, do you start challenges and never finish like me or do you finish your challenges?
Leave a comment below, I’d love to hear from you.
Thanks so much for reading!
Come hike with me! If you live in the Mid Atlantic region here in the Northeast, I lead hiking trips around the region. To join in come over to Facebook and join our private group. Click here for more information – https://www.facebook.com/groups/430197960664772/