The Q-tober Challenge is over! There were some SERIOUS CHALLENGES and plenty ACCOMPLISHMENTS over the last 31 days. I was 2 lb away from my goal with only 2 days left in the challenge. I have to admit I felt a little desperate since I REALLY wanted to make my goal. I thought about not eating or just drinking water….NOT! I LOVE FOOD too much! LOL So after I got my EGO out of the way of potentially not making my goal in time, I settled in to my favorite scripture “With God all things are possible” Matthew 19:36. This scripture reminded me to stick to my plan and TRUST in the process.
Instead of going over the details of how much I ate and worked out again, I decided to wrap up the Q-tober challenge by sharing a few of my “aha” moments with you.
- Do YOU! – With any “challenge” in life it’s important to take a moment and really understand the WHY. Determine why you are going to exert your time, efforts, resources and energy to take on the life’s challenges you do. Once you have this figured out, then you will have a place of strength and clarity within to retreat to when you encounter resistance from the outside. As for me during this time, I found out not everyone was “TEAM SUSIE”. They either didn’t understand, didn’t support me or just didn’t care all together about my desire to improve my health & fitness. So rather than allow it to discourage me, I retreated to MY place of strength within and began to find peace with the fact that this wasn’t about everyone else. This was MY challenge. So remember – DO YOU!
- One day at a time – With goal setting, it’s always been best for me to set small short term as well as long term goals or else I get easily overwhelmed and discouraged all together. It really helped me to not only set weekly weight loss goals but I also set daily goals for myself. By doing this I was better able to stay focused and committed to the overall challenge. So instead of one big 31 day challenge, I lived 31 daily challenges! LOL More challenges = more opportunities for SUCCESS!
- Preparation - I talk this topic so often with my clients! Preparation is KEY not only to weight loss but with achieving most goals in life. During this challenge, I made sure to plan out my days so as to ensure I had sufficient time to include workouts. Planning ahead for meals was CRITICAL for me!!! Since life is not perfect, this is where I fell short at times. However more times than not, planning and preparing meals & workouts really helped.
- Gratitude – This was my BIGGEST “aha” moment! Even though I desired FIREWORKS and confetti falling from the sky every time I resisted temptation or reached a personal goal, I quickly realized that was not a reality! I had to learn how to reward and thank MYSELF. Of course we all want the positive acknowledgement from others, the “Great job!” or “Keep it Up!” However through this experience, I learned the importance of thanking myself for my own accomplishments rather than seek it from others. I encourage everyone to take the time to appreciate yourself DAILY! Give yourself a HIGH FIVE ; )
I lost 9.5 lbs. in 31 days. In the end, I feel I GAINED much more than I loss! I know some lives were changed for the better and I hope you all will continue to take on worthy challenges with the knowledge you gained from this experience. This might sound CRAZY but I’m thinking I’m going to keep this challenge ongoing in November but FIRST – I’m off to TREAT myself to burger, fries, soda and a CUPCAKE ; )