It has been over 10 days since I completed my 30 Day Challenge last month. I wanted to take a little time to reflect after the completion of my challenge to see it’s after effects, and today I wanted to share with you not only the results but also what I plan to do next with what I have got from this 30 day life experiment.
A quick review.
For those of you who missed it or have not been following my little experimental adventure you can check out some of the links bellow.
The start, Time for a Challenge. Wanna Join Me ?
Day 14 Quitting Coke Challenge
Well I can proudly say that I managed to stay off the dark sticky nectar (coca-cola) for a whole 30 days. Not only did I surprise myself with this one but I shocked many of my friends who know me as a drinking loads of coke all day long.
Admittedly the first few days were a bit tough with a few heavy migraines from simple caffeine withdrawals but I really got into my replacements, like carrots, fruit juice, green tea, and even water. I have no idea whether the extreme indigence trick at the start of the month helped me, but it certainly made me not fancy any coke for a week or so.
How did I do it ?
I think the number one magic ingredient that made the quitting coke easier was the fact that I had tricked my my mind by sorta saying to myself that I was not quitting, I am only stopping for 30 days.
The other magic ingredient that I think made it easier for me to succeed was that I was publicly sharing my challenge (a first for me). And I do really believe that all the comments and messages I received in support of me taking on challenge defiantly helped me commit to doing it.
So to all you folks who voiced your support for me, a huge Thanks.
After the 30 days I was sooo happy that I had made it.
Then on day 31 (as planned) I celebrated that I had gone a month without drinking any coke and treated myself to a few bottles. I went about one day without drinking any coke after that. Then slowly started to drink 2 cokes a day, and right now I’m slipping back into drinking 2-3 a day.
Great that I am actually drinking less per day than before but, zero is where I’d really like to be at.
So I have a plan, more details below.
On the writing part of my challenge I’m really happy with the way my writing developed over the 30 days and I have really been getting into 750words as a tool to continue my mini-mission to develop my creative writing everyday.
I have continued with the writing but have started to slack off a little bit. My problem is not so much quantity but consistency, in that I do not write on some days and make up for it on other days by writing double or triple my daily goal (750 words). Either way, it is all good because it can only get better.
The downsides on completing this challenge.
The only problem with doing a 30 day challenge like I did last month is that now 2 weeks after I almost feel a bit useless and un-powerful. I was riding some weird sort of adrenalin last month enjoying the novelty of challenging myself. It was exciting and I felt enegised by the challenge.
Right now the I’m slipping back into my old ways and feeling like I need to do something about it, I also have one more extremely dirty habit that I have wanted to tackle for a long time.
So I have concocted a crafty little plan.
Now this one habit that I simply have to tackle, one that I have done for close to 20 years and I am going to tackle head on and share. Quitting Smoking. I am taking on the mission to become an official non-smoker.
I am even ashamed to write on this blog that I smoke and to be really honest I think this will be incredibly tough for me to do. I don’t even need to go into the reasons why I should stop smoking. I am going to combine this in with my last months challenges and also take those one again. The only difference this time is it will be a 15 Day Challenge. So that is a menu of full detox, no coca cola, lots of raw veg, creative writing every day and the big one not a single ciggrette for 15 days.
A Shorter but Bigger Challenge
From 15th to 30th of this month, bring on my half the time but double the challenge mission.
I wouldn’t be entering into this personal challenge without a couple of ninja tricks up my sleeve to make it more easy and interesting. And just you wait until you see what I have planned for this mini adventure. I’m still tweaking the exact rules of how I’m gonna take on this challenge and will lay it all down on day1when it all starts.
Until then it’s binge out time, I am gonna drink loads of coke and smoke my head off for the next few days then the challenge is on.
Whilst we’re talking of Challenges, have you seen this yet ?
Let me know what you think. Thoughts ? Ideas ? Suggestions ?