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….
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.
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.
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.
I removed the scarves and heavier jackets from under the stairs, got rid of the junk and organized the rest.
I straightened up the kids’ toy closet and they purged quite a few things they didn’t play with anymore.
Then the kids and I worked the same magic on their bookcase.
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.