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The 31-Days of Adulting Challenge: The End

Okay, so technically, the 31 Days of Adulting Challenge ended several days ago, but I’ve kind of kept going….

The 31 Day Adulting Challenge

I started out the challenge on March 1st at 167.7 lbs. (ouch).  Around week 2, it all started to fall apart.  I wanted cake and coffee and all the diet-crushing things I was trying to get out of my system.  The grumpiness made me slack on my other adulting responsibilities like exercising and decluttering.  But whatever…cake!

That period was hard.  I imagine this is what it’s like for addicts.  I wanted a hit of chocolate frosting and I couldn’t guarantee the safety of my loved ones if I didn’t get it.

But it passed.  It took a little more than a week, but it passed.  So here’s where we are now.

Before and After 1 month of paleo weight loss

Disclaimer:  this challenge coincided with my seeing a chiropractor about 4 days a week, which is why I’m standing so much straighter in the second picture.

So while I look at the picture, I don’t notice a ton of weight loss, but I notice that I don’t look so sloppy.  I’ve gone from unpleasantly overweight to just a bit overweight.  So that’s cool.  What does stand out to me is my skin.  Both of these pictures were taken without makeup.  and it’s a bit hard to see in this scaled down side to side, but on day 35, my skin looks newer and fresher and almost like I just exfoliated.  But I didn’t change anything about my skin routine.  I only changed my diet.

before and after 35 days of paleo diet weight loss

My tummy is significantly less lumpy looking, I think.  So that works.

But the adulting challenge is more than just diet and exercise, right?  I can report that I woke up every day (including weekends) by 8.  Woot.  Normally I love to sleep in on weekends, but after consistently getting up early every day, sleeping in now means waking up in time to get a lot out of the day.  I also decluttered.

Clean and Organize Seasonal Under the Stairs Stuff

I removed the scarves and heavier jackets from under the stairs, got rid of the junk and organized the rest.

Organize and Purge toys with kidsI straightened up the kids’ toy closet and they purged quite a few things they didn’t play with anymore.

Purge and organize cluttered books with your kids

Then the kids and I worked the same magic on their bookcase.

Purge and organize books with kids

And they found quite a few they could live without.

Okay, so here I am, over a month later and I feel happier, healthier, a bit less stressed and my house is cleaner!  And when the alarm goes off in the morning, I’m getting up easier.  Overall, I’d say it was a great challenge.  In fact, I feel so much better now, I’m keeping it up.  Maybe 2016 will just become the year of adulting.

Christine

 

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4 thoughts on “The 31-Days of Adulting Challenge: The End

  1. TwoPlusCute says:

    Where to start?!
    The purged bookcase looks very stylish now.
    YOU, look GREAT. Something you may have not notice is how your neckline looks so firm and thinner. As for your improved posture (and I have a thing for posture) it is not only good looking, is also healthy. Great results, your challenge really worked.

    *note to self*: go to a chiropractor!

    1. Christine says:

      Thanks so much, friend! I did notice the neck! I feel more adult and elegant 😀

  2. Jean says:

    Very impressive! You look great. I notice that I usually feel better when I get up early on the weekends. I slept in until 9:30 this past Sunday and felt like half the day was gone by the time I actually got up and ready and around to doing things.

    1. Christine says:

      Thanks!

      That’s very interesting, what you said about waking up early. What time do you usually get up on weekends?

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